From the monthly archives: "July 2012"
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    Issue 40: 27th July 2012

    Google looks at mobile as CPC falls Google reported an increase in profits and revenue for the second quarter, as the volume of searches handled increased. The group has come under pressure from currency fluctuations and an increasing move into mobile by consumers. Cost-per-click growth was also down, leading to speculation that the group may [...]
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    Smartphone users seek get-out

    For hotel guests, using technology to make a fast getaway is more important than the social aspects that their smartphone could potentially offer them in a hotel. According to a survey of smartphone-owning US business travellers by software provider Smith Micro, 79% would avail themselves of check-in and check-out services offered on mobile. Of other [...]
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    Kayak IPO bucks Facebook fears

    Kayak saw its share price rise by more than 25% when it made its market debut on Friday, countering fears that Facebook’s woes would rub off on the rest of the technology sector. The company is now looking at how to spend the USD91m raised through the sale of 3.5 million shares, with the group [...]
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    Friends mean deals with Hotels.com

    Hotels.com has launched a deals product on Facebook, which it describes as “pioneering a new approach to social recommendation and discovery”. Hotels.com Deals is the latest attempt by an OTA to harness the perceived power of Facebook, based on the belief that social media users will trust the opinions of their friends all the way [...]
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    Travelzoo to extend commission trial

    Travelzoo has reported a 48% increase in second-quarter profits, attributed to an increase in subscribers, to reach USD7.3m. Despite the success of its core business, the group said that it planned to expand its direct hotel commission business, which it has been trialling over the past year. Chris Loughlin, CEO, said: “We now intend to [...]
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    Google looks at mobile as CPC falls

    Google reported an increase in profits and revenue for the second quarter, as the volume of searches handled increased. The group has come under pressure from currency fluctuations and an increasing move into mobile by consumers. Cost-per-click growth was also down, leading to speculation that the group may look to diversify its business model, possibly [...]
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    Issue 39: 20th July 2012

    Ctrip ups ante in China Ctrip is reported to have set aside a USD500m marketing and promotional fund as it attempts to bolster its dominant market position in China. The company saw its market share fall by 10.5% last year to approximately 41% of the Chinese online travel market at the end of last year. [...]
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    Tomorrow Focus goes Dutch

    Germany-based company Tomorrow Focus has acquired a 51% stake in Webassets (operator of Zoover, the Netherland’s biggest hotel and holiday ratings portal, and the MeteoVista weather platform) for Eu21m. The move is the latest in a series of travel sector deals by the company as it ramps up the international expansion of its HolidayCheck brand, [...]
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    Foursquare joins drive for content

    Foursquare has added a number of features which will see it build on its check-in functionality by providing users with increased content. The move is in line with an increased focus on content in the travel sector, as brands seek to set themselves apart from their rivals. For Foursquare, the greatest challenge has so far [...]
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    Apple wins iTravel patent

    Apple has received a patent for what is expected to be its iTravel app in a move which is likely to see its competitors accelerate their own plans for the sector. The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent under the title “System and Method for Transportation Check-In”, with the patent describing a method [...]