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TripIt debuts Kindle Fire apps and videoconferencing appointments

December 7, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
TripIt launched a couple of Kindle Fire apps and separately now can include certain videoconferencing appointments in your travel itinerary.

December 7, 2011 via Tnooz -- A unit of Concur, TripIt now offers free and paid apps available on Kindle Fire and in Amazon's Appstore for Android.

The free app contains advertising and the paid app, available for $3.99 per download, offers TripIt's itinerary management service without advertisements cluttering up the works.

With tablets all the rage, TripIt's new Kindle Fire and Android apps join earlier travel-related Android entries from Kayak, FlightTrack Pro, Yelp and others in the Amazon app store.

Meanwhile, the Brussels-based Global Videoconferencing Network and TripIt have completed some integration work.

TripIt now recognizes travelers' GVN videoconferencing appointments when they email their confirmations to TripIt.

This is the first time that TripIt has recognized videoconferencing virtual-meet-ups as part of its travel-itinerary organizing.

"Currently it is working via the email confirmation, which allows our customers to visualize their virtual face-to-face meetings integrated with all their other 'travel' information," says Glenn Wastyn, CEO of GVN. "We are also working on applying the TripIt button on our website so this happens directly without having to send the email."

Wastyn says GVN's telepresence services are available through online booking tools, travel agencies and hotels.

Videoconferencing is certainly beginning to attract the eye of others in the industry, with Sabre recently launching a global reservation system.

Meanwhile, top Amadeus consultant Brian Beard last week outlined why videoconferencing will not kill business travel.

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