Origo builds out travel division with acquisition of The Booking Factory

PhocusWire | December 27, 2019

Hotel property management system The Booking Factory has been acquired by Origo for £500,000. Iceland-based Origo, which offers IT services across various sectors, recently opened a travel division and offers car rental technology as well as website design services. Evan Davies, founder of The Booking Factory, says proceeds of the sale will go into developing channel manager Channex, which was launched in 2018 and is based in The Netherlands. He adds that the Icelandic company will also now also use the Channex technology. Last November Origo sold a 55% stake in productivity software company Tempo to U.S-based Diversis Capital for $35.5 million.

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Whether short or long, weak or strong, simple or highly complex, travel policies form the backbone of most managed travel programs. Consequently, getting them aligned with corporate objectives, updated to reflect the latest marketplace nuances and structured in a way to best appeal to today’s workforces have risen in importance.

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Whether short or long, weak or strong, simple or highly complex, travel policies form the backbone of most managed travel programs. Consequently, getting them aligned with corporate objectives, updated to reflect the latest marketplace nuances and structured in a way to best appeal to today’s workforces have risen in importance.

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Coty and Ant Group Reach Strategic partnership to Deploy Alipay+ Solution in Global Travel Retail Industry

Coty Inc | August 03, 2022

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This strategic partnership will extend from China to a wider area of APAC, and furtherly to Coty’s global travel retail market. In the past year, Coty's travel retail business saw an outstanding performance. The traffic and sales of brick & mortar retail stores in Hainan saw strong growth with the help of digital operation, and the duty-free business in China achieved a triple-digit growth. Digital operation is a clear strategic focus for Coty Travel Retail to innovate online and offline shopping experiences with a traveler-centric approach. Alipay, as a leading digital open platform leveraged by over 80 million businesses serving more than 1 billion consumers, is a valuable partner of Coty to co-create the future of beauty by innovative marketing capabilities and digital payment solutions. 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At the present, the brands that Coty’s travel retail department is operating in Asia Pacific market include: 2-axis beauty brands (covering makeup and fragrance) -- Gucci beauty and Burberry beauty; the fragrance category -- Chloe, Tiffany, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein; and the skincare category, of which, Lancaster, founded in Monaco in 1946, is a representative among the iconic high-end skincare brands. The skincare category, in particular, has grown exponentially in Asia and represents a huge growth opportunity for Coty Travel Retail. By launching Lancaster with an Asia-focused product line-up, Coty targets to become an even stronger global player in skincare. It features new merchandising designs and offers the Asian consumers effective, sophisticated, safe, and sustainable personal care products customized to fit their regional needs. 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GigNet | July 06, 2022

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