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    Accor distributes Mama Shelter

    Accor has started to distribute Mama Shelter, the brand in which it acquired a 35% stake in October, on its accorhotels.com website. The move came as the company is trying to push bookings through accorhotels.com, as it attempts to regain power from the online travel agents, through, it said, acquisition if necessary. Accor, which made [...]
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    Germany bans rate parity for Booking.com

    The German anti-trust regulator, the Bundeskartellamtt, has said that it will ban ‘best price’ clauses used by Booking.com. The online travel agent had proposed a number of compromises to the clauses, which the regulator dismissed as “insufficient”. The decision came after the Bundeskartellamtt banned similar clauses used by HRS, commenting that “a less stringent course [...]
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    Thomas Cook ‘yielding results’

    Thomas Cook said that it was seeing “progress” online, reporting that bookings were up 10% on the year in a trading statement. The company, which recently acknowledged that it was likely to miss its target of 50% of bookings online by the end of the year, added that its investment in mobile was “yielding results” [...]

    OTA consolidation goes south

    Greece-based online travel agencies Tripsta and airtickets have announced a merger which they say will create the largest OTA in southern Europe. The two companies said that the newly-united company would be one of Europe’s top five OTAs and would also become the largest e-commerce company in Greece. Tripsta was formed in 2005 as Travelplanet24 [...]

    Wyndham bolsters brands

    Wyndham Hotel Group has unveiled a number of new initiatives to its franchisees, including a new loyalty programme, as well as “access to better technology and a renewed emphasis on quality and brands”. The company made the announcements as hotel brand owners have seen increased competition from technology providers,  distribution-only brands and the online travel [...]
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    Google makes itself hotel-friendly

    Google has launched Hotel Ads, a format designed specifically for hotel searches which it says will drive conversions. The changes follow a study from Evercore last September which reported that the search engine would level the search playing field in travel “like we have never seen before”. Hotel Ads are available across Google Search, Google [...]
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    Best rate guarantees ‘unenforceable’

    Best rate guarantees are ‘unenforceable’ and potentially in breach of competition law, a seminar in London was told earlier this month. The comments came after a series of rulings in Europe which are putting rate parity clauses under threat. At a seminar organised by ETOA, the European Tourism Association, Neil Baylis, competition partner, K&L Gates [...]

    Ctrip’s fast track to growth

    Ctrip said that it would continue to invest in rapid expansion as it sought to dominate the online travel market in China. The company said that this year it would see it take on competitors in the lower end of the market. In 2012 the group set a target of growing its total transaction value [...]
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    TripAdvisor takes service credit

    Hospitality businesses are responding to TripAdvisor reviews and have made changes as a result of comments, according to a new study from the company. The study also found that 82% of respondents felt that online review sites such as TripAdvisor have had a positive impact on the hospitality industry and service standards. “Reviews have become [...]
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    Filling the virtual wallet

    Travelclick has extended its partnership with Google to enable mobile web bookings using Google Wallet for Google Hotel Ads customers. The move came shortly after the launch of Apple Pay, which has so far seen only limited take-up, potentially calling into question the potential of virtual wallets. At Travelclick, the expansion of “one-click” mobile bookings [...]

    Hotels losing trademark bidding

    Hotels are continuing to lose out to intermediaries bidding on their trademarks, according to a report from Brand Verity. The study found that the recent M&A activity from the online travel agencies was likely to have an impact on the search landscape. The report looked at a number of different industries. It found that, in [...]

    Starwood’s Uber deal

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Uber to offer members of its SPG rewards programme the chance to earn points when they use the taxi service. The move is the latest in an escalating battle by the global hotel operators to drive loyalty with an ever-widening array of ways to earn and spend points. [...]

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