Star Alliance Conventions Plus available online
First Alliance with online booking tool for Conventions
Star Alliance has become the first global airline alliance to offer online booking and ticketing to convention delegates. The new booking tool allows the convention organisers to direct their participants to a dedicated online booking and ticketing site for all air travel contracted under Star Alliance Conventions Plus.
"The Star Alliance Conventions Plus booking platform is an integral part of our strategy to further enlarge the scope of our online distribution channel," said Christopher Korenke, Star Alliance Vice-President Commercial. "We are proud to be the first airline alliance to offer convention organisers a simplified and streamlined manner of displaying available air travel options through the web, with delegates being able to book directly from the site."
The new online booking tool complements the usual existing channels and event organisers can now use it to inform each delegate of flight options offered by the participating airlines for the selected convention. Delegates can then check real time availability and fares for their required itinerary, book the appropriate flights and purchase the corresponding tickets.
A test phase of the tool with selected customers began in October 2011 as part of the Alliance's presence at IMEX in Las Vegas. "We have now successfully completed booking and ticketing for several events using the new tool and the feedback we have received from customers is very positive," commented Roswitha Clement, Senior Manager for Conventions and Meetings at Star Alliance. "By now making it available for all Conventions Plus travel requirements, Star Alliance further has further improved its product offer to this market segment."
Star Alliance Conventions Plus has been providing simplified travel solutions to event organisers for almost a decade. More recently the product was extended beyond traditional conventions to include travel arrangements for major cultural and sporting events as well as tourism trade shows. Under Conventions Plus, organisers have access to the entire Alliance Network through any one of the member airlines, and they also receive a support programme which includes tickets and promotional assistance. Delegates are generally entitled to fare discounts ranging from 10 to 20 per cent, depending on the type of fare, class of travel and airline used. Travel can be either in Economy or Business class and one companion per delegate may also travel on the delegate fare discounts. Further details can be viewed here.