From the monthly archives: "April 2014"
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    Issue 15: 14th April 2014

    Amadeus makes German corporate buy Amadeus is to acquire a majority stake in i:FAO, a corporate travel IT company, which gives the group an enterprise value of EUR67.2m.  The deal will increase Amadeus’s holding in the lucrative corporate travel market, the latest deal for Amadeus since its decision to split its business into GDS and [...]
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    HADT Easter break

    Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology will be taking an Easter break and will return on 5 May. We wish you all a relaxing holiday.
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    Europe’s online travel industry to discuss 2014-15’s biggest industry trends in London

    On May 22, London will see senior executives from some of the biggest online travel suppliers, intermediaries and technology providers making their way to EyeforTravel’s Travel Distribution Summit, held at the Novotel West London over two days (May 22-23). The speaker line-up for the 2 day summit includes a stellar line-up of over 80 speakers [...]
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    Hot Hotels eyes Latin America

    Hot Hotels, the Spain-based last-minute hotel-booking app, has announced an undisclosed level of additional funding from investor Axon Partners Group, bringing total investment to over USD1m. The company said that it would use the money to develop and expand throughout Latin America, a market in which it said Axon had “vast expertise and knowledge”.  It [...]
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    Priceline changes name

    Priceline.com has announced that it has changed its name to The Priceline Group. Priceline said the name switch was intended to create a clear distinction between the global Priceline Group business, and Priceline Group's North American travel brand Priceline.com. The move came as the company has increased its energies on growing its Booking.com business. Darren [...]
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    Groupon highlights hotels

    Groupon has added a ‘hotels’ tab to its mobile app as it looks to drive its room booking business. The news came as the group launched its first TV ad in the US since 2011, showing people using the Groupon mobile app, as it seeks to compete in the current mobile-driven climate. The app allows [...]
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    Tuniu plans US IPO

    Tuniu, the China-based online travel agent, is planning to raise a rumoured USD120m through an IPO in the US. The group, which focuses on the leisure market, is the latest to take advantage of the rising public markets to capitalise on expected growth in China’s tourism sector. The company has yet to confirm the pricing [...]
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    Amadeus makes German corporate buy

    Amadeus is to acquire a majority stake in i:FAO, a corporate travel IT company, which gives the group an enterprise value of EUR67.2m.  The deal will increase Amadeus’s holding in the lucrative corporate travel market, the latest deal for Amadeus since its decision to split its business into GDS and IT solutions.  Amadeus has signed [...]
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    Issue 14: 7th April 2014

    Growth for credit card-free site Palestinian-based hotel booking site Yamsafer announced that it seen web traffic rise sharply since introducing credit card less bookings. The site, which launched in 2011 providing hotel booking in the Middle East & Turkey, is considering further expansion, to meet demand for credit card less transactions online. Read more [...]
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    Apps unfamiliar

    Only 35% travellers said they used an app to access and organise their booking confirmations and contact information while traveling, according to a poll by TripIt. The poll comes as both hotels and online travel agents are investing heavily in mobile technology. The study found that the majority of travellers still used printed confirmations and [...]