EXPEDIA CELEBRATES MILESTONE 15 MILLION BOOKINGS

Travel Weekly | August 08, 2019

The Travel Affiliate Program (TAAP) is a booking engine by Expedia Group, which connects travel agents to the OTAs global portfolio of accommodation, flights, packages, car rentals and in-destination activities.Diego Pedrani, senior director, retail distribution, Expedia Partner Solutions TAAP brand, said Expedia Group was delighted to mark such a significant moment for the program.Through Expedia TAAP, the OTA said agents can access more than 600,000 accommodations, flights from over 500 airlines, car rentals from 175 providers and more than 35,000 in-destination activities worldwide from Expedia Group’s travel supply.Expedia TAAP, which is part of Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), one of the B2B brands of Expedia Group, is reportedly used by more than 35,000 agencies around the world.

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For the first time, SITA has surveyed airline plans for emerging tech such as robots and virtual reality to improve the passenger journey over the next ten years.

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