Latest HA D&T Perspective
Ctrip continues overseas push
Ctrip has taken a majority stake in UK-based low-cost aggregator Travelfusion, for an undisclosed fee.
The deal is a latest in a series of international moves for the company, which is seeking to expand outside its domestic Chinese market.
Priceline strikes ahead with mobile
Priceline is seeking to stay ahead of the technological curve, announcing that it is to integrate Apple Pay as well as providing the booking engine for an innovative in-car hotel reservations product in the US market.
The company continues to see mobile as a key battle ground with its fellow online travel agents and has committed to further investment in the area.
TripAdvisor takes Dutch restaurant double
TripAdvisor has acquired Dutch online restaurant review and booking sites Iens and Seatme for an undisclosed fee.
The deal is the first of the year for TripAdvisor and builds on last year’s LaFourchette buy, which saw it move into the restaurant review sector in Europe.
Airbnb makes Europe tax move
Airbnb has agreed to collect tourism tax from guests in Amsterdam, the first such deal the company has made in Europe.
Last year saw Airbnb make a concerted move towards portraying itself as a more professional organisation, with a brand facelift and a number of deals in various jurisdictions, largely in the US.
Meetings market merger
Online event management platform Cvent has acquired hospitality marketing company Elite Meetings International for an undisclosed fee.
The deal illustrated the growing importance of online distribution in the meetings sector, with the combined company planning global growth.
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