From the monthly archives: "September 2012"
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    Issue 45: 28th September 2012

    Kuoni kills off Octopus Travel company Kuoni has announced it will close or dispose of its online hotel platform Octopustravel, along with tour operations in several European countries.The B2C brand was acquired in 2011, as part of the GTA portfolio; as recently as last summer, Kuoni was quoted as saying it would retain Octopus “for [...]
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    Kayak immune to Google threat

    Despite previous fears, online flight and hotel meta-search site Kayak says Google’s moves into flight and hotel search is not a threat to its future success. In an interview with CNBC, Kayak founder Steve Hafner was asked about Google’s initiatives, and responded: “We haven’t seen any impact on our business.” “We’ve been competing with Google [...]
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    InterContinental rebuffs OFT charge

    IHG is preparing a robust defence against allegations of price fixing levelled at it by UK authorities and the US courts. The company has three months to respond to a dossier prepared by the Office of Fair Trading, alleging collusion with OTAs Expedia and Booking.com to manage discounts and minimum prices. Interviewed by UK newspaper [...]
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    Roomkey’s new milestone

    Hotel booking site Roomkey has revealed it is now receiving 14 million hits a month, as the company announced it is adding further inventory to the site with three new brand partners. The site is adding hotels from La Quinta, Millennium Hotels and The Leading Hotels of the World to the consumer offer. It was [...]
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    HotelMe shakes up reviews

    A new hotel review website, HotelMe, threatens to upset the world of hotel reviews, with a new platform that guarantees to authenticate the reviews posted. If successful, the project will answer a key complaint of existing review sites such as Tripadvisor. The company, which has the support of media giant USA Today, has attracted USD3m [...]
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    Kuoni kills off Octopus

    Travel company Kuoni has announced it will close or dispose of its online hotel platform Octopustravel, along with tour operations in several European countries.The B2C brand was acquired in 2011, as part of the GTA portfolio; as recently as last summer, Kuoni was quoted as saying it would retain Octopus “for the foreseeable future”. The [...]
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    Issue 44: 21st September 2012

    Social media – where’s the beef? Many in the hospitality sector still struggle to see the business benefits of social media. While a presence on Twitter and Facebook is now seen as a necessary marketing effort, few as yet see an effective return on the investment being made. Read more Commissions under pressure Hoteliers [...]
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    Parity clarity required

    Recent research shows that hotels frequently sell rooms at cheaper prices via OTAs than those available on their own direct websites. This appears to fly in the face of “best rate” guarantees promised on most direct booking sites, particularly across the websites of the major hotel brands. Recent data from RateGain suggests that in a [...]
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    London deals war opens up

    Amazon has decided the timing is right to launch local deals in the UK market. The company, which has been running the service for more than a year in the USA, will initially focus on offering deals in London, in a format that threatens to challenge market leader Groupon. Called AmazonLocal, the service provides consumers [...]
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    Greater sharing benefits consumers

    Travel industry IT provider Amadeus launched a new white paper this week claiming that the travel industry could benefit greatly from open source systems, creating new efficiencies and improving customer service. The research suggests that the industry could cut IT costs by 20% if it adopted the more open approach already used in other sectors. [...]