FRANKFURT, Germany – May 18th 2015 – Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, was showcasing its conventions and meetings travel products at booth F485 during the IMEX trade fair which was held in Frankfurt, Germany from May 19th to 21st, 2015.
Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to launch a dedicated conventions product – Conventions Plus – some 17 years ago. It offers simplified travel solutions to major event organisers by providing access to the entire Alliance network through one of its member airlines. With the addition of Air India in 2014, this network now covers 27 member airlines, offering more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.
Delegates and one companion are entitled to fare discounts, depending on the type of fare, class of travel and airline used. The overall product was revamped last year, with delegates being able to choose from a wider range of fares. The booking fee for the online tool was eliminated and organisers were offered a new support programme and a more simplified contracting scheme
Star Alliance was also the first alliance to offer an online booking and ticketing service for convention delegates. Complementing traditional fulfilment channels, the tool was launched in 2012 and allows the convention organisers to direct delegates to a dedicated online booking and ticketing site for all air travel contracted under Star Alliance Conventions Plus. Using the online tool, delegates can check real time flight availability, price their required itinerary using the applicable discounted fare, book the corresponding flights and purchase the ticket.
In addition to Conventions Plus, Star Alliance offers Meetings Plus as a further global product for the meetings market. Companies and meeting planners needing to organise gatherings with participants from different countries, have access to the entire Star Alliance network and discounted fares, by contracting their travel needs through just one Star Alliance member airline. Meetings Plus can be used for most meetings of 50 people or more, with attendees originating in at least three different countries. For further details or to submit an RFP please see www.staralliance.com/meetingsplus.
IMEX Booth F485
Star Alliance was showcasing its product offer for the conventions and meetings market at booth F485 during the IMEX trade fair. Furthermore a check-in kiosk was available for all those wishing to check in for a Star Alliance flight from Frankfurt Airport.
Prepared by Harold Stephens, Travel Writer for Thai since 1965