From the monthly archives: "July 2013"
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    Issue 27: 31st July 2013

    Travelzoo to launch booking platform Travelzoo is to invest in a hotel booking platform, as it seeks to encourage its subscribers to proactively look for deals on its website, rather than relying on emailed offers to pull them in. The news came as the group reported a fall in profit as it invested in strategies [...]
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    HADT to take summer break

    Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology is to take a summer break during August. It will return as usual at the end of the month.
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    Expedia hit by Tripadvisor

    Shares in Expedia fell by 27% after the group reported profits shy of expectations, amid concerns that competition in the online travel sector may be taking its toll. The company said that it remained confident of its long-term strategy, as it continued to expand globally. Dara Khosrowshahi, president & CEO, told analysts that the company [...]
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    Speed wins’ at Tripadvisor

    Tripadvisor reported 21% click-based revenue growth for the second quarter, after more than one billion people visited its website during the first half of the year. The company hailed its new meta-search product, which it said was attracting an increasing number of independent hoteliers to the brand. Steve Kaufer, president & CEO, told an earnings [...]
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    A loyal subject

    Loyalty programme members account for nearly 80% of all room nights booked through a hotel's brand.com site, according to a recent report from TravelClick. The study reaffirms the importance of loyalty programmes, at a time when operators are investing in ensuring theirs are distinctive. The study reported that, over the first five months of 2013, [...]
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    Flying the nest

    A new website calling itself the ‘Airbnb for hotels and resorts’ has launched, linking solo travellers to allow them to split the cost of hotel rooms. Easynest capitalises on most hotel rates being based on double occupancy, whether or not there are two occupants, encouraging lone travellers to trade up the star ratings. The service [...]
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    Travelzoo to launch booking platform

    Travelzoo is to invest in a hotel booking platform, as it seeks to encourage its subscribers to proactively look for deals on its website, rather than relying on emailed offers to pull them in. The news came as the group reported a fall in profit as it invested in strategies that it hopes will help [...]
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    Issue 26: 22nd July 2013

    Marriott makes distribution push Marriott International has announced a series of technology-related innovations, including new regional websites, a new photo-sharing app and an enhanced rewards programme. The developments should see the group bolster its distribution to maintain its reputation as one of the more forward-thinking operators, at a time when its competition is getting more [...]
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    Austerity is new normal

    Austerity measures are now the norm for the European managed travel sector, according to a PhoCusWright study for Travelport. The report found that the need to comply with corporate travel policies was creating a new breed of consumers, who were demanding more online access to travel bookings. The research also found that this younger generation [...]
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    Mobile payments falter

    The forecast for mobile payments this year in the US has been cut from USD2.12bn to USD1bn by eMarketer. The report may give companies pause when considering signing up to Google Wallet or Apple’s Passbook, both of which have attracted much attention from the travel sector. The findings came after ComScore released a study which [...]