Traveltainment to make Microsoft Surface application available from January

Traveltainment plans to launch its Microsoft Surface application into agencies as early as January or February next year.

The Amadeus-owned technology specialist has developed the service by combining information and geo-coded holiday and destination images onto Google Maps and putting them on a Surface table.

Traveltainment chief executive Andy Owen-Jones said the application would hit shops early next year and that launch was unlikely to be in Germany.

He said the company had already had some significant interest outside Germany and that the application had been developed in English, French and German.

The likelihood is that Traveltainment will provide the Surface table and application on a rental basis. Owen-Jones anticipated the rental cost would be covered by booking two holidays a week.

Customers can use the application to look up hotels and destinations, get more information and then have the information switched to a travel agent’s terminal for pricing and booking.

Owen-Jones also said that the next phase was to link the service into Traveltainment’s TripPage, which provides travellers with their own itinerary web page with pre and post trip information, offers and the ability to provide feedback.

“This would tie together offline with online. Consumers could use Surface to compare research destinations and compare prices and then review them in the comfort of their own home,” he added.

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