From the monthly archives: "April 2012"
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    Issue 28: 27th April 2012

    Fear the cookie monster Next month will see the deadline for compliance with the so-called ‘EU cookie law’, which will require websites to gain consent from users to utilise cookies. Research released last week by KPMG suggested that up to 95% of major UK organisations were not in compliance with the directive, putting them at [...]
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    Appleā€™s bite of travel

    Apple was last week revealed to have spent the past year filing patents in the US relating to iTravel, a potential app which would take care of the traveller from booking to their return home. The news, which the company has not commented on, has raised the possibility of a revolution in the way in [...]
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    Budgeting for change

    Ryanair and Easyjet, the two mainstays of Europe’s budget airline sector, both announced plans to change their hotel distribution partners this week. Ryanair has joined forces with Hotelscombined, while Easyjet has signed an agreement with Booking.com, Ryanair’s previous supplier. Both look to the hotel sector to supplement their revenue stream as their traditional business comes [...]
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    Amadeus and Expedia renew ties

    Amadeus and Expedia have renewed their content and technology agreement for the North American market. The pair have worked together since 2005. The deal marks Expedia’s on-going faith in Amadeus, which is stronger in Europe and Latin America than North America as well as indicating Expedia’s on-going expansion plans. Greg Schulze, SVP global tour & [...]
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    DealAngel – pie in the sky?

    The travel sector remains popular with start-ups, with the announcement last week of DealAngel, a website which promises to rank hotel offers by value rather than price alone. The site is still in its beta stage, but will, it says, gather information from 30 different hotel websites. The company will make its money by taking [...]
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    Fear the cookie monster

    Next month will see the deadline for compliance with the so-called ‘EU cookie law’, which will require websites to gain consent from users to utilise cookies. Research released last week by KPMG suggested that up to 95% of major UK organisations were not in compliance with the directive, putting them at risk of a £500,000 [...]
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    Issue 27

    Hotels become more average Hotels are becoming increasingly competent in their online representation, according to L2’s second annual Digital IQ Index. L2 said that this had led to a rise in companies reaching its ranking of ‘average’. While only three brands attained the level of ‘genius’, the fact that the sector is now being studied [...]
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    Booking.com takes last-minute global

    Booking.com has launched a global last-minute hotel booking app called Booking.com Tonight, which it claims is a first for the sector. The move highlights the ever-growing importance of last-minute bookings, particularly in the mobile market, which is becoming increasingly crowded. Booking.com Tonight is the latest in Booking.com's family of hotel booking apps.  In 2011, Booking.com’s [...]
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    Google results may drive hotels move

    Google’s first-quarter results showed a 24% rise in year-on-year revenues, although cost-per-click fell for the second consecutive quarter, down 12% on the year. The drop, which was likely to have been caused by an increase in the use of mobile technology, has fuelled speculation that the company will start to look for new revenue streams, [...]
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    Travelzoo attracts deal-makers

    Travelzoo is reported to have hired an advisor ahead of a possible sale, after a series of disappointing results over the past year. It is thought that the company could sell out to a rival online travel agent, or could be acquired by a company such as Google, which is expanding its position within the [...]