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    TripAdvisor sees Instant Booking boost

    TripAdvisor is thought to have bolstered its inventory by 20% as a result of its deal with The Priceline Group. The former user review site has accelerated its rollout of Instant Booking in the UK and US, as it pushes to monetise its platform. Analysis by Piper Jaffray found that TripAdvisor Instant Book penetration increased [...]

    Priceline makes hotels the focus

    The Priceline Group has signed deals with both Siteminder and eRevMax as it looks to expand the suite of products it offers to hotels. The agreements come after last year’s M&A frenzy, indicating that the group is now focusing on its offering for hotels, rather than consumers. Following the spate of acquisitions, which included OpenTable [...]

    Operators fight for loyalty

    Rewards programmes are too unwieldy for the average consumer, according to a study by Wyndham Hotel Group. The report came as Marriott International launched a promotion through its Marriott Rewards programme, as operators continue to look to loyalty as a point of difference with the online travel agents. Wyndham Rewards said that, while the majority [...]

    Travellers’ sharing expenses

    HotelTonight and Airbnb rose in prominence in business travellers’ expenses last year, according to a study from Certify. The report vindicated deals such as that done between Airbnb and Concur and indicated that the sharing economy may be encroaching into the lucrative corporate travel market. Certify reported that the use of Hotel Tonight was up [...]

    Duetto grows with NH deal

    Duetto has signed a deal with NH Hotel Group to provide revenue strategy solutions. The deal is the latest for Duetto, which last month also announced a partnership with Worldhotels. “We are very happy to announce this agreement with NH Hotel Group, one of the premier hotel companies in the world,” said Duetto CEO Patrick [...]
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    Sternlicht attacks Marriott

    Marriott International has come under attack from Barry Sternlicht, founder & former CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Discussing the group’s acquisition of his former company, Sternlicht said that chairman Bill Marriott “didn’t believe in the Internet”, or that “it would hurt us”. Sternlicht did, however, echo Marriott International’s president & CEO Arne Sorenson’s own [...]

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