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    Priceline distanced from consolidator Expedia

    Priceline Group president & CEO Darren Huston told analysts that the company had a “quite different” strategy to the consolidation recently seen at rival Expedia Inc. and was focused instead on “organic growth and acquisition”. Huston said that the company, which has made a number of purchases over the past year, would buy “premium winning [...]
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    IHG makes rate push with OTAs

    InterContinental Hotels Group saw its share of bookings through online travel agents increase by two percentage points to 13% in 2014. The company attributed the rise to a focus on higher rate business and, looking forward, said that it would continue to look to drive bookings through its mobile app. For the year, the group [...]

    Hyatt’s Wi-Fi free-for-all

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Whitbread brand Premier Inn are to offer Wi-Fi free to all guests, regardless of membership of a loyalty programme or other factor. The move illustrates that hotels may finally be starting to listen to the all too frequent surveys that describe access to free Wi-Fi as a point of differentiation for [...]

    PriceMatch sees ‘year of expansion’

    Yield management specialist PriceMatch is reported to have raised EUR8m in second-round funding. The reports came after the group announced its acquisition of PowerYourRoom and said that 2015 would be “the year of PriceMatch’s international expansion”. PriceMatch, which was founded in 2012 in Paris, has over 700 hotel customers in more than 30 countries. Its [...]
    Expedia mobile survey

    Consumers now mobile

    Of the 156 million people in the US who engage with digital travel content, 90% of monthly travel visitors use their smartphone or tablet to do so, according to a study from Expedia Travel Solutions. Use is no longer restricted to planning, with the survey reporting that half of all US travellers plan to book [...]

    Expedia banks on Orbitz to boost growth

    Expedia is to acquire Orbitz Worldwide with an enterprise value of USD1.6bn, the latest deal in what has been a busy period for M&A in the online travel agency sector. Expedia said that it expected the deal would see it “accelerate even faster” in its new hotel acquisitions, in addition to bolstering its brand stable [...]

    TripAdvisor to push ‘plan, compare and book’

    TripAdvisor said that, over the next two years its priorities were to expand its lead in content and community “and to help our travellers, not only plan their trip, but to book it as well”. Looking further ahead, president & CEO Stephen Kaufer said that, while hotels were the brand’s “past, present and future”, it [...]

    Travel agents continue digital drive

    The newly-merged TUI Group said it was “driving the change towards digitised business models” with online sales continuing to grow across all “key source markets”. In contrast, rival Thomas Cook, reporting for the first time under new CEO Peter Fankhauser, reported that web penetration had remained flat over the past year. At TUI Group, the [...]

    Room Key gets visual

    Room Key has partnered with visual content manager and distributor ICE Portal to improve the imagery on its website. The portal cited a study which found that online images appeared to be “hugely influential” throughout the hotel booking process. The partnership will connect Room Key to ICE Portal’s content management system, which includes photos, videos [...]
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    Daybed discount

    A new app has been launched to cater for demand for hotels by the day, making intra-day hotel stays available to mobile travellers in a number of US markets. HotelsByDay offers what has been described as “a crushing blow to the concept of perishable inventory”, and joins a similar concept in the UK in what [...]

    Expedia forecasts ‘deceleration’

    Expedia said that “bumps in the road” would always arise in the “highly competitive” online travel segment and expected “a deceleration in revenue growth” for 2015. The company saw a 10% fall in room revenue per night in the fourth-quarter as it tried to gain market share for its hotel business. Expedia, which has made [...]
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    eLong spends to grow

    eLong’s CEO told analysts at the group’s fourth-quarter earnings that it would increase investment to compete in China’s “hyper-competitive” online travel market. The group said that it had stabilised room night growth rate and would differentiate itself from its competitors by investing further in mobile. The company said that its key areas of investment would [...]

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