From the monthly archives: "June 2012"
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    Issue 36: 29th June 2012

    Orbitz ramps up its technology but hits the curb Last week saw Orbitz launch its revamped mobile booking app, which allows the user to go through the whole booking process without using a mobile website. This should help Orbitz further grow the already impressive 9% of hotel bookings that came through mobile channels in the [...]
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    TripAdvisor, Facebook continue love-in

    TripAdvisor and Facebook have taken the next step in their relationship and are now visiting restaurants together. TripAdvisor has introduced in beta a new Facebook app, Local Picks, which highlights restaurant recommendations from locals and friends from the 850,000 restaurants it lists, in doing so attempting to further personalise its offering. Adam Medros, VP of [...]
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    General search dominates hotels

    More travellers use general search engines to look for hotels than airline tickets, according to a PhoCusWright Global Edition report. PhoCusWright's Reading Between the Links: Why Travellers Use General Search Engines highlights the more fragmented and complex nature of the hotel sector in comparison to the market for flights and draws attention to the growing [...]
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    Paying for loyalty

    Hotel operators have increasingly been seeking to differentiate themselves to owners through their loyalty schemes, sold as a key driver in attracting guests. According to a study by US-based consultants at PKF, the cost of being part of a guest loyalty to the owner has risen, alongside royalty payments, suggesting that, for franchisors at least, [...]
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    VCs continue to back sector

    Hipmunk has confirmed USD15m of funding from Institutional Venture Partners, illustrating the ongoing interest in the sector from venture capitalists. The company, which specialises in flight and hotel search, said that it would use the money to add employees, including engineers and marketers, as well as launching a new product “that’s more complete than any [...]
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    Orbitz ramps up its technology but hits the curb

    Last week saw Orbitz launch its revamped mobile booking app, which allows the user to go through the whole booking process without using a mobile website. This should help Orbitz further grow the already impressive 9% of hotel bookings that came through mobile channels in the first quarter. However the company also hit a speed [...]
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    Issue 35: 22nd June 2012

    Commission challenge from new start-up A Swiss-based startup has become the latest to attempt to eradicate the onerous commissions which hotels have long complained about when selling rooms online. Treovi’s unique selling point will be that neither the hotel nor the consumer will pay for a reservation, with the group looking to revenue from additional [...]
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    Rate parity distraction for hotels

    Rate parity remains the biggest dilemma for hoteliers, according to a new study by Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and RateTiger. The report found that the focus on ensuring rate parity meant that some were neglecting revenue management. One result, however, was an increased drive towards pushing bookings through direct channels as they sought to reduce [...]
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    China online market to grow 500%

    China’s online travel market will quintuple between 2008 and 2013, according to PhoCusWright's China Online Travel Overview Fifth Edition: The Giant Has Awoken. The study said that travel bookings in China would surpass USD105bn in 2013, of which more than USD15bn would be made online. The country is seeing increasing investments and partnerships within the [...]
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    FTI linked to Youtravel deal

    Youtravel.com is reported to be on the verge of selling an 85% stake to German tour operator FTI Touristik for an undisclosed fee. The deal is expected to help cut the company’s debts and will give the group access to FTI’s hotel content as it attempts to reposition itself from a bed bank to more [...]