The challenging Chinese market is proving a happy hunting ground for Travelport GDS, which has just announced a two-year content deal with national carrier Air China. This follows an agreement sealed in late July with TravelSky, China’s sole GDS, to implement Travelport’s Reservation Sales Solution, enabling 6500 Chinese travel agents to make bookings on more than 200 global airlines.

Qantas has won an outstanding achievement award for its website at this year’s Interactive Media Awards. Judges rated it highly for content, design, standards compliance and cross-browser compatibility. The winner was a special event site from Continental Airlines. Qantas uses the Amadeus e-Retail engine.

Inbound travel to Japan was buoyant during August but outbound fell once again, this time by 6% year on year, according to the Japan Tourism Agency. Some of the biggest players were hardest hit. For example, sales for JTB World Vacations fell 9.8% to 32.2 billion yen. But its inbound operation, JTB Global Marketing & Travel, registered an outstanding result – up 310% to 55m yen. The only problem – size … inbound is a fraction of the outbound revenue.

United Airlines has dropped the commission it is paying to Australian travel agents on its international flights to just 3% for tickets issued on or after January 1, 2009. It’s also removed all commission for its Airpass and VUSA fares. Travel Trends: October 29, 2008

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