3 JUNE 2013
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For the first time one of the world’s three global alliances is to move into the conventions travel market with a product called ‘events’.
oneworld ‘events’ is aimed at conferences, conventions, exhibitions and special occasion targeting a minimum of 500 international attendees travelling from at least two regions. Requests are accepted as early as five years in advance and up to three months prior to the event date.
The airline partnership, now based in New York, says that by using ‘events’ organisers will benefit from attractive discounts on flights across a network spanning 850 destinations globally served by some of the world’s leading airlines. It will offer a centralised process, with one set of terms and conditions covering travel on all oneworld member airlines that can be ready for acceptance just days after submitting the online request form.
Industry data indicates that 3.5m delegates attend these kind of conferences and events worldwide, spending around US$ 1.5bn on air travel.
The oneworld alliance brings together airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. oneworld also features around 30 “affiliates” including Dragonair (China), American Eagle (USA – regional), Comair (South Africa), Sun-Air (Denmark) and OpenSkies (BA-owned operating out of Paris). www.oneworld.com
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