Vayama Introduces Beta Version of New Curated Results Functionality, Allowing International Travelers to Find More, Search Less Online Travel Agency to Showcase Travel Search Technology at PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit
PHOENIX, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vayama (www.vayama.com), a leading online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel, today unveiled the beta version of its breakthrough curated results functionality at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit. As part of Vayama's brand re-launch, curated results removes the clutter and complexity from international travel search. Powered by Amadeus Featured Results, a search solution developed by Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, Vayama's curated results functionality culls flight options from more than 500 airlines worldwide at lightning-quick speed to identify the fastest, cheapest, most popular and sponsored itineraries. The beta version of curated results is now live at Vayama.com and includes 100 origin and destination combinations from five U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami.
"In its current form, travel search can be tedious and time-consuming, but we realized there was potential for it to become an engine for discovery and inspiration," said Ted Jansen, Executive Vice President at Travix International, and head of Vayama. "What we're showcasing today is a better way to search. Vayama's curated results takes the heavy lifting out of searching for international flights so travelers can find the flight that's right for them."
With the introduction of curated results, Vayama offers the fastest way to find relevant, bookable results. Previously, searching for a flight from New York to London on any online travel site might mean waiting up to 30 seconds for a list of hundreds and hundreds of itineraries. Now, the same search happens in a tenth of a second and produces a curated set of the best results based on a traveler's specific queries. Travelers can immediately book their international flights from those top, curated results or continue to explore a comprehensive set of itineraries and options.
"Forward-thinking online travel companies like Vayama recognize that consumer preferences combined with developments in innovative technology will drive positive change in online travel search and shopping. That's why Amadeus is committed to providing the innovative, flexible technology solutions and services that enable our industry customers to uniquely deliver a better, easier and more relevant online travel experience for consumers," said Scott Gutz, President and CEO, Amadeus North America.
Vayama and Amadeus will do a joint presentation, featuring Vayama's curated results functionality at the annual PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit today at 4:06 pm MST.
For more information about Vayama.com and to see all of the best international flights and fares, visit www.vayama.com.
Vayama.com is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. Since 2007, the company has been committed to providing travelers with the most comprehensive set of airlines, fares and flights, allowing people to experience popular, well-traveled destinations as well as some of the most remote corners of the world. By working with a vast network of trusted global partners, Vayama taps published and negotiated fares to put the very best international content all in one place. Travelers who visit Vayama.com can browse thousands of hotels and book rooms at the lowest prices available, as well as rent cars all over the world. For more information about Vayama or to see these deals firsthand, visit www.vayama.com.
Vayama is part of one of the biggest online travel companies Travix International, based in the Netherlands. The company manages an extensive portfolio of travel-focused websites operating under the brand names CheapTickets, BudgetAir, EasyToBook, Vayama, Vliegwinkel and Flugladen. Travix operates its six brands in 17 countries, employs almost 700 staff and has combined sales of US $2 Billion. Travix is part of BCD Holdings N.V. www.travix-international.com.
About BCD Holdings
BCD Holdings N.V. is a market leader in the travel industry. The Dutch, privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir and Vayama), Park 'N Fly (off-airport parking), TRX (travel transaction processing and data integration), Airtrade (consolidating and fulfillment), VakantieXperts (leisure) and Parkmobile International (mobile parking and traffic applications). BCD Holdings employs over 12,000 people and operates in more than 95 countries with total sales, including franchising, of US$ 22.1 billion. For more information, visit www.bcd-nv.com.
Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travelers).
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 947 million billable travel transactions in 2011.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development), and Erding (operations – data processing center) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organizations covering 195 countries.
Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol "AMS.MC". It is a component of the IBEX 35, STOXX Europe 600 Index, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
For the year ended December 31, 2011, the company reported like-for-like revenues of €2,712 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.