From the monthly archives: "November 2011"
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    Issue 10

    IHG CEO attacks power of OTAs Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, told attendees at the 23rd Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference in London last week that online travel agencies had “a power and an influence which is beyond what they really are”. The comments were the latest salvo in IHG’s difficult relationship with [...]
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    Microsoft and Novotel’s home-from-home

    Last week saw Microsoft and Novotel unveil the hotel room of the future, which guests can control using their body movements. The concept room (known as room 3120) at Paris’s Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasseis is fitted with experimental technologies not yet available to the general public, including a specially adapted Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console with the [...]
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    Odigeo to make mark in Europe

    It was announced last week that the group formed through the merger of Go Voyages, eDreams and Opodo willgo by the name of Odigeo. Although the name will not be used for marketing purposes, the collective entity will be one of the biggest online travel agents in Europe, giving hotels another potential option to consider [...]
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    Travelocity adds user content

    Travelocity has announced plans to add user-generated content facilities which will allows its customers to connect with its hotel partners and their fellow travellers. The company is the latest travel website to look to creating an online community in an effort to distinguish itself from its rivals and the brand.com websites. The new features include [...]
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    Bandwidth booby trap

    There is a cost crisis looming for hoteliers as the demand by guests for bandwidth soars while the cost of buying it is decreasing much more slowly, delegates at the Hotel Technology Next Generation European conference were warned. A session on guest entertainment at the Berlin located event focused on the demands being made on [...]
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    IHG CEO attacks power of OTAs

    Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, told attendees at the 23rd Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference in London last week that online travel agencies had “a power and an influence which is beyond what they really are”. The comments were the latest salvo in IHG’s difficult relationship with the OTAs, which previously had seen [...]
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    Issue 9

    Checking into hotels Results season continued last week, with Priceline.com, Amadeus and Travelport all reporting third quarter figures which indicated an increased reliance on hotel sales. Despite concerns over future trading, in particular for those with exposure to Europe, overall revenues were on the rise as hotels continued to find value in utilising a diverse [...]
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    Careless whispers

    The Chinese whispers of the internet were hard at work at last week’s World Travel Market, where one consultant was quoted as commenting that the average single property now had 10,000 reviews on 50 websites. Despite the comment explaining the fall in global productivity as the working day is devoted to reviewing hotels, the truth [...]
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    Kuoni looks for the real thing

    Kuoni has announced that its OctopusTravel division has signed a deal with Reevoo to provide authenticated reviews of cities and hotels. The agreement is the latest in a series of moves by players in the hotel sector to provide authentic reviews, as TripAdvisor comes under increasing pressure to prove the veracity of consumer comments. Richard [...]
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    FastBooking extends hybrid model

    FastBooking has announced a new service which should greatly increase direct booking opportunities for hotels and allow them to compete more effectively with the OTAs in the search environment. Direct Link will allow partner websites (including the ultra-important Google Maps meta-search facility, Google Hotel Finder and TripAdvisor) to deep link to dedicated landing pages on [...]