Uber is planning to create a “superapp” that will include aircraft, trains, and rental vehicles, partnering with airlines, railroads, and rental car companies to provide a seamless experience for customers who want to travel.
The announcement was made by the regional manager for the UK, Jamie Heywood, who said, “Ultimately, we want to make it as easy to move people around the world as today to order a Uber, a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs.”
They also plan to incorporate flights, hotel accommodation, and even Eurostar train tickets by integrating leading partners
The app is expected to be launched in the U.K first, with other markets to follow. There is no set date for when the app will be available to the public.
Travel agents can access guaranteed commission and discounted rates at a growing number of car rental providers while booking in the GDS.
THOR, Inc., a world leading travel services company, has announced the enhancement of its Car Program, in which its member travel advisors can book discounted and commissionable rates through their preferred GDS. THOR has worked with renewed focus to grow its Car Program with an increasing number of providers offering discounted and commissionable rates in over 1,700 cities in nearly 100 countries across the globe. Avis, Budget, Economy, Routes, ACO and AVR provide special rates to THOR member travel advisors when booking rental cars worldwide. In addition, Dav El BostonCoach and Carey International provide special rates on chauffeured car services. These recent additions are just the beginning of a strong pipeline of additional rental car providers to be added to the THOR Car Program throughout 2022 and beyond.
The THOR Car Program offers travel agent members a convenient way to book discounted and commissionable rates through their preferred GDS or over the phone using their affiliation with THOR. In addition to discounts and commission, travel agent members also receive personalized service and dedicated reservation lines when arranging car service, which serves THOR’s commitment to helping its travel agent members be as effective and efficient as possible.
Car Program Benefits
- Guaranteed Commission
- Access to Receive Email/Print Promotions, Contests and Specials
- Access to Supplier Education & Webinars
- Access to Exclusive Supplier Networking Events
“As we grow our supplier partnerships in 2022 our focus is on strategic relationships that benefit all members of the consortia,” said Julia Mighall, Senior Director Hotel & Car, THOR. “We are thrilled to welcome these established providers to the THOR network of suppliers with offers that benefit our member travel agencies and their customers.”
To learn more about the THOR Car Program and the services available to THOR travel agency members, visit
www.thortravelservices.com/Products-and-Solutions/car-program/. If you are not yet a THOR member travel advisor, please visit www.thortravelservices.com/membership/membership-form.html to get started
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The long-term investment sees Hurtigruten Group take a 24.9% share in the company with headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, and further demonstrates Hurtigruten Group’s global growth ambitions in the adventure travel market.
The strengthened partnership will broaden opportunities to further expand into more unique land-based programs and excursions.
CEO of Hurtigruten Group Daniel Skjeldam said: “This investment signifies our growth journey and we are delighted to invest in Metropolitan Touring, a proud South American company that mirrors our expedition heritage and sustainability values. It is a unique opportunity for us to contribute to a more meaningful partnership, where we can expand quickly, strategically, and deliver on our vision for the future together.”
The strategic partnership broadens Hurtigruten Group’s portfolio of products in iconic, natural destinations, reinforcing its position as a leader in sustainable adventure travel.
Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world’s largest expedition cruise company and part of Hurtigruten Group, is offering year-round expedition cruises, in close cooperation with Metropolitan Touring, visiting the fabled archipelago’s most spectacular sites on board the 90-guest Santa Cruz II.
Tourism Ireland indicates top international tour operators have been discovering Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and some of the destination’s other top visitor attractions, as part of a fact-finding trip to Northern Ireland. The tour operators were invited here by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism NI – to participate in the annual Meet the Buyer workshop in ICC Belfast.
Indeed, travel to Ireland has increased dramatically. The number of international passengers arriving in Ireland increased by more than 1,300 percent this year in comparison with February last year. Before the workshop, the tour operators took part in an ‘Iconic NI’ themed tour. The tour operators enjoyed a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and visited Hinch Distillery, Titanic Belfast, and SS Nomadic. They also traveled along the Causeway Coastal Route to visit Glenarm Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, and Glenshane Country Farm.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring 140 top international tourism buyers to Northern Ireland for Meet the Buyer 2022. As we restart overseas tourism to Northern Ireland, this event is a really important opportunity for our local tourism partners. The participation of these buyers from around the world is a strong indication that interest in visiting Northern Ireland remains high and that it can, and is, competing with the best destinations in the world.
“Tourism Ireland has an extensive program of promotions underway for 2022. We are taking every opportunity to leverage the many good news stories about Northern Ireland tourism this year – including the opening of the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour, the recent designation of Belfast as a UNESCO City of Music, the 10th anniversary of Titanic Belfast and the fact that The Open will return to Royal Portrush in 2025. We are also highlighting Northern Ireland’s screen tourism success, including the final series of ‘Derry Girls’ and the new ‘Belfast’ film directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Our message is that Northern Ireland is open for business again and we cannot wait to welcome back visitors from around the world.”