From the monthly archives: "March 2013"
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    Issue 11: 22nd March 2013

    Thomas Cook ‘ready to be judged’ Thomas Cook has updated the market on its online strategy, which includes plans to cut its online brands to four. The group said it would also improve the performance of its websites and extend products offered online, backed by a 9% increase in technology investment, to GBP60m. Read [...]
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    HA DT has holiday break

    Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology will not be published next week. It returns on Friday 5th April.
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    Travelport Q4 revenues drop

    Travelport has reported a 2% drop in fourth-quarter revenues to US457m following the loss of a distribution deal with United Airlines. The company, which followed its results with details of a refinancing plan, said that it planned to build transactions not based on airline sales. Revenue for the year was down by 1.6% to USD2bn [...]
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    Priceline tops USD1bn on Google spend

    Priceline is reported to have increased its annual advertising spending to USD1.27bn, with USD1.1bn of that going to Google. The move has distanced Priceline further from its closest competitor Expedia and also reduces the likelihood that Google will act to take on the online travel agencies with an offering of its own. Priceline spends 97% [...]
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    Feeling disloyal

    Several of the major hotel operators have raised the number of loyalty points needed for a free room, an annual inflation which has set members back. The move came as it was revealed that frequent fliers could find airlines hiking prices depending on the loyalty status of the traveller, calling into question the worth of [...]
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    Feeling a million likes

    Hilton has claimed to be the first hotel brand to reach one million likes on Facebook. Bit the announcement came as a study of online travel bookers found that social media and social search did not play as much of a role in booking as was thought by its proponents in the sector. Hilton said [...]
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    Thomas Cook ‘ready to be judged’

    Thomas Cook has updated the market on its online strategy, which includes plans to cut its online brands to four. The group said it would also improve the performance of its websites and extend products offered online, backed by a 9% increase in technology investment, to GBP60m. The company’s CEO, Harriet Green, said that, by [...]
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    Issue 10: 15th March 2013

      Industry wide app mooted The hotel sector needs a cross-industry app to ensure mass-adoption by consumers, delegates at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin were told. The likelihood that such an app would be developed by one of the intermediaries raised concerns that operators would be left at a disadvantage as they once [...]
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    HTNG launches secure payments framework

    Hotel Technology Next Generation has unveiled a framework to improve payment card security across the industry. The new scheme, which was the result of 18 months’ work across the sector, is expected to greatly reduce the cost and complexity for hotels to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. The HTNG Secure Payments Framework [...]
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    TripAdvisor linked to Jetsetter buy

    TripAdvisor is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing the acquisition of Jetsetter, for an as-yet undisclosed fee. The brand is thought to have been on the market since mid-2012 and, should the deal go ahead, would diversify TripAdvisor’s portfolio by adding further flash sales. Jetsetter’s owner, the Gilt Group, is thought to have [...]