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    Starwood joins Instant Booking

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts has become the latest global operator to join TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking platform. The company was acquired at the end of last year by Marriott International, which was one of the first of the global chains to sign up to Instant Booking, in June. On the day of the news that Marriott [...]

    MakeMyTrip sees mobile boost

    MakeMyTrip announced that bookings via mobile had risen by 756% on the year in the third quarter. The results came shortly after the company received a USD180m investment from Ctrip, with CEO Deep Kalra forecasting “the type of transaction growth rarely seen by OTAs elsewhere”. The company reported a 326.3% increase in hotels booked online [...]
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    FourSquare and Google planning

    FourSquare has announced a new tool to help travellers plan their trips, which it says will “take the stress out of planning”. The news follows Google’s own Trip Planning search display, which provides a curated collection of destinations, including flights and hotels. At Foursquare, the company has launched Trip Tips, which sees users tell the [...]
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    Thomas Cook appoints CDO

    Thomas Cook Group has appointed Gilles Despas as chief digital officer, replacing Marco Ryan, who left in September. The company said that Despas would help the group further develop its online presence “however and wherever” consumers chose to interact with the company. Despas joins Thomas Cook Group from HolidayCheck, the German travel portal, where he [...]
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    Priceline pulled down by Airbnb

    Shares in The Priceline Group fell by 5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’. The investment bank cited “the growth of alternative accommodations like Airbnb” as one of the reasons behind its decision. Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry wrote: “While we continue to believe Priceline is the best positioned given its [...]

    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 [...]

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