From the monthly archives: "May 2012"
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    Issue 32: 26th May 2012

    Kayak IPO may be nixed by Facebook Rumours have grown over the past week that Kayak will move forward with its plans for an IPO, in the wake of Facebook’s flotation. As Facebook’s share price continues to tumble and Kayak faces increased competition from Google, the window of opportunity for a public listing is rapidly [...]
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    Wholesale market to grow

    Accommodation wholesalers are set to grow, according to comments from TUI Travel CEO Peter Long last week. Long said that the company’s Hotelbeds division would see the greatest future demand coming from Asia Pacific and Americas. There are also concerns amongst bed banks that the new Flight-Plus Atol regulations would put agents in a stronger [...]
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    HTNG updates interface standards

    Trade association Hotel Technology Next Generation has released a new set of standards which it says will enhance the sharing of customer profile data across hotel systems. HTNG said that IT organisations and vendors would now be able to focus their resources on capabilities that drove competitive advantage, rather than on basic functionality. In addition [...]
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    More last-minute app-tion

    Blink Booking, the last-minute upscale hotels app, has launched in the UK in time for the Olympics, taking it to eight European countries. The app capitalises on the shortening booking windows being seen by hotels and the growing use of mobile technology by consumers to book at what they feel will be the best rates. [...]
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    Accor, digital communicator

    Accor has continued to develop its digital strategy, using a website to communicate its overhaul of the Ibis brand to consumers and reorganising its divisions to monitor distribution. The reorganisation will allow Accor to more precisely define key performance indicators and better analyse the business. The moves are the latest in the group’s plan to [...]
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    Kayak IPO may be nixed by Facebook

    Rumours have grown over the past week that Kayak will move forward with its plans for an IPO, in the wake of Facebook’s flotation. As Facebook’s share price continues to tumble and Kayak faces increased competition from Google, the window of opportunity for a public listing is rapidly closing, unless the group can prove its [...]
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    Issue 31: 18th May 2012

    Hotrec challenges OTAs European hotel lobby group Hotrec has published an updated list of guidelines to which it expects online distribution partners to adhere. Hotrec members remain concerned that some OTAs are using business tactics that are inherently unfair and imbalanced, particularly in the case of the smaller operators in Europe’s fragmented hotel industry. Read more
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Priceline looks east to grow newer brands

Online travel booking service Priceline is looking to emerging markets for its growth, with subsidiary brands Booking.com and Agoda.com gaining traction. And the move looks to be taking the company further away from the chains, towards a wider spread of independent hotels, as the new sites build business outside mature markets. Priceline saw growth rates [...]
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New service ranks reviews

Consultancy company Hotel Compete has launched a new service that grades online reviews, helping hotels to match like with like, in order to better understand guest feedback. The Guest Review Rankings Report will be delivered to subscribers bi-weekly. It is an attempt to overcome the credibility gap that has opened up for sites like TripAdvisor [...]
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Sabre plans innovations

Sabre Hospitality is developing an all-in-one online management platform for the hotel sector. The cloud-based system aims to draw together property management, central reservations, revenue and procurement within a single dashboard. A new customer portal has been promised, giving all customers online access to the suite of services. “It will be cloud-based, that’s why we [...]