From the monthly archives: "April 2013"
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    Issue 15: 26th April 2013

    Accor enters discounting space Accor has announced the latest changes to its Accorhotels.com website, as it works towards increasing online sales to 50% of total revenue by 2016. The group is pushing mobile, social networks and private sales, which will see loyalty club members and newsletter subscribers offered up to 50% off rooms, taking on [...]
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    Operators urged to focus channel management

    Hoteliers have been urged to simplify operations after the explosion in distribution channels in technology over the past 15 years have left many hoteliers bogged down in a variety of options. A white paper from RateGain called for operators to consider channel management tools that could make distribution more cost effective and straightforward. RateGain is [...]
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    Middle East shifts online

    Online booking is rising in popularity for travellers in the Middle East, according to two studies released in recent days. This is set to continue, with PhoCusWright forecasting that gross bookings, both through direct channels and online travel agencies, are set to increase by 22% in 2014 to USD15.6bn. The group reported that gross bookings [...]
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    Travelzoo banks on hotels

    Travelzoo said that it would increase its focus on its hotel business, having already acquiring Perfect Escapes last year. The comments came as the group released a study indicating that the majority of its subscribers were waiting for last minutes deals before booking their holidays, adding weight to the theory that the discount sites are [...]
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    Twitter grows up

    Twitter has launched keyword ad targeting, as it moves towards monetising itself and becoming a viable advertising channel. Shortly after the announcement the group signed its biggest ever advertising deal with Starcom MediaVest Group, one of the world’s leading ad-buyers, in a deal reported to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the micro-blogging [...]
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    Accor enters discounting space

    Accor has announced the latest changes to its Accorhotels.com website, as it works towards increasing online sales to 50% of total revenue by 2016. The group is pushing mobile, social networks and private sales, which will see loyalty club members and newsletter subscribers offered up to 50% off rooms, taking on the online travel agents [...]
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    Issue 14: 19th April 2013

    Priceline under attack Shares in Priceline dropped by 3% after reports that the company’s strong market position could start to falter in the face of competition. Priceline was described as being at risk from falling profit margins in its important overseas markets amid the fight for share. Read more Starwood joins mobile shift Starwood [...]
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    OTAs dominate China

    Online Travel Agencies dominate the rapidly-growing hotel market in China, according to the latest L2 Digital IQ Index. The study found that, with innovative mobile apps, aggressive search strategies, and social commerce, OTAs were repeating the patterns previous seen in mature markets, in addition to launching luxury-dedicated portals to service the growing high-end market. Although [...]
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    Hostelworld to compete with ‘big beasts’

    Web Reservations International, which owns Hostelworld, has acquired competitor HostelBookers.com in an all-share deal valuing the group at USD500m. The group said that the move would allow it to compete head-to-head “with the 'big beasts', like Expedia and Booking.com”, with plans to invest in both marketing and technology to build scale in the budget sector. [...]
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    FairSearch adds to Google attacks

    Expedia and TripAdvisor were amongst the companies who filed a new complaint with the European Commission about Google’s dominance in the mobile market. The move is the latest in years of anti-Google lobbying by FairSearch, a group initially formed by Kayak, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, then later joined by Microsoft, with this latest complaint sparked by [...]