By Nivedita Bhattacharjee, Alistair Smout and Jamie Freed BENGALURU/PARIS/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – When Karan Mehrotra booked a flight from Delhi to Guwahati, he did not go to a travel agent or an airline website. Instead, he turned to Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer which now sells tickets to Indian customers and offers them an easy payment process and cash-back offers. “It was just a lot simpler,” Mehrotra said of booking a flight through Amazon. “They are integrating most of my lifestyle needs under a single platform.” Airlines are concerned that Amazon’s quiet launch of domestic plane ticket sales in India last month is only the start of a global trend and the beginning of a battle for control of valuable traveller data. For years, airlines have found it difficult to compete with online travel agencies like Expedia Group Inc and corporate travel agents that control a large number of customers, Travelport Chief Executive Gordon … [Read more...] about Alexa, how can I fly to Mumbai?
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Russia has agreed to assist Vietnam in building an e-government as well as help the Southeast Asian country ensure information safety, a Russian deputy minister for digital development said in Hanoi on Monday. Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Mikhail Mamonov is leading a delegation on a working visit to Vietnam from February 18 to 20. The guests, including Russian experts and firm representatives, had a working session with Vietnamese Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung in Hanoi on Monday. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc established the National Committee on E-Government and assigned the Government Office to work with the Ministry of Information and Communications, and relevant agencies to build a detailed plan for the 2019-2020 period, Dung said at the meeting. Vietnam will launch platforms on data sharing and put into operation a national public services portal, with a view … [Read more...] about Politics Russia to assist Vietnam in building e-government Vietnam preparing for Kim Jong Un’s possible train travel to Hanoi: source
David Koenig, Ap Airlines Writer Updated 12:26 pm PST, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 FILE- In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo a traveler wheels his luggage through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thanksgiving in Atlanta. Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement. Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies. less FILE- In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo a traveler wheels his luggage through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thanksgiving in Atlanta. Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities ... more Photo: David Goldman, AP Photo: David Goldman, AP Image 1 of / 3 … [Read more...] about Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel
Vietnam, New Zealand networking event discusses CPTPP The Vietnam Trade Office partnered with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council to run the Vietnam-New Zealand Free Trade Breakfast last week, discussing various trade issues. The event gathered representatives from enterprises in Wellington and Auckland doing business in or have business transactions with Vietnam together with local trade promotion agencies. It provided an opportunity to network and hear directly from key figures in Vietnam and New Zealand to gain a better understanding of the benefits of the two countries’ trade relations, particularly as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is about to enter into force. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Ta Van Thong gave the attendees an overview of Vietnam’s economy, its CPTPP commitments relating to the domestic business environment, and support … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 21/12
Have you ever wondered why it costs 6% to sell your home? That’s no small number. For a $600,000 home, that equates to $36,000 – more than the U.S. median individual income. If it seems like home sellers are being ripped off, it’s because they are. The Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice recently reported on this issue with the real estate brokerage industry: “In other areas of the economy, the Internet has dramatically altered the competitive landscape by driving down costs and enabling innovative and more efficient ways of conducting business. Traditional middlemen—such as travel agents and stockbrokers—face more intense competition that has propelled them to change, bringing consumers significant benefits. The real estate brokerage industry has been slower to change, with the result that consumers are paying higher commissions and fees than they would under a more competitive system.” That’s right. … [Read more...] about These full-service realtors are saving home sellers half the cost