From the monthly archives: "January 2012"
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    Expedia tries to stand out in the crowd

    Expedia has announced a new product, Last-Minute Deals, which, it says, uses crowd-sourcing to take the research out of finding a good deal on your next trip. Describing what this new service does as crowd-sourcing is in fact a bit of a stretch, but it does utilise recommendation technology that many users will recognise from [...]
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    HRS and Amadeus agree strategic partnership

    HRS and Amadeus and have announced a “strategic partnership” which will provide hotels affiliated to the OTA distributed through the GDS Amadeus. The deal should help give HRS a wider reach outside its German domestic market and will also give hotels, particularly independents and small chains, an additional route to market. The agreement underlines the [...]
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    Issue 16

    HRS and Amadeus agree strategic partnership HRS and Amadeus and have announced a “strategic partnership” which will provide hotels affiliated to the OTA distributed through the GDS Amadeus. The deal should help give HRS a wider reach outside its German domestic market and will also give hotels, particularly independents and small chains, an additional route [...]
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    Premier Inn signs chain wide Wi-Fi deal

    Premier Inn has announced a deal with Spectrum Interactive to be the exclusive provider of Wi-Fi to all 600 hotels in the group’s estate. It is hoped by observers that the agreement will prompt other chains to strive for a more consistent and possibly cheaper service, as the debate over free Wi-Fi continues to be [...]
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    Google antitrust fears continue

    Google retained its position at the top of the table of brands in the UK in 2011, according to the YouGov Brand Index. The news came as the search engine continued to cause concern amongst the travel community through its Flight Search product, which, rivals say, gives prominence to its own results above those of [...]
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    Lastminute goes back to the source

    Lastminute.com has gone back to its roots with the launch of the Top Secret Collection, an offering ported over from its US partner Travelocity, which sells rooms in unnamed five star hotels at a large discount. The product is a return to Lastminute.com’s ethos at launch, but is also relevant to the current economic climate, [...]
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    Expedia tries to stand out in the crowd

    Expedia has announced a new product, Last-Minute Deals, which, it says, uses crowd-sourcing to take the research out of finding a good deal on your next trip. Describing what this new service does as crowd-sourcing is in fact a bit of a stretch, but it does utilise recommendation technology that many users will recognise from [...]
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    HRS and Amadeus agree strategic partnership

    HRS and Amadeus and have announced a “strategic partnership” which will provide hotels affiliated to the OTA distributed through the GDS Amadeus. The deal should help give HRS a wider reach outside its German domestic market and will also give hotels, particularly independents and small chains, an additional route to market. The agreement underlines the [...]
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    Issue 15

    Operators hope Room Key will unlock OTAs Last week saw the launch of Room Key, the hotel operators’ strongest effort yet to tackle the dominance of the online travel agents. Choice Hotels International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Wyndham Worldwide have all come together to found the venture.  The success [...]
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    The future’s bright, the future’s personal

    The latest study commissioned by Amadeus has reported how new technologies and social change are expected to transform travel by 2020. The report, entitled ‘From Chaos to Collaboration’, focuses largely on changes that were likely to affect travellers while in transit, but also included the expected impact of mobile technologies and increased personalisation. The study, [...]