From the monthly archives: "May 2014"
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    Issue 19: 26th May 2014

    TripAdvisor makes restaurant move TripAdvisor has acquired LaFourchette, the leading internet and mobile restaurant reservation system in France, Spain and Switzerland, for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition was the second such deal outside the hotel sector in recent weeks, indicating that the company is looking to expand into all aspects of the hospitality industry. Read more
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Points for likes

Marriott International has announced an innovative strategy to drive interest in its social media efforts. In a new development, the company is to offer loyalty club points for sharing content about the company on social media, a strategy clearly designed to increase visibility of, and engagement, with its social media presences. In an effort to [...]
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Sabre takes Travelocity hit

Sabre’s first results since its IPO saw the company hit by the loss of Travelocity, with revenue flat and Ebitda down. Despite this the company was confident that it would exceed targets for the full year and said that the loss of Travelocity would mean lower costs and greater profitability. Travelocity remains part of Sabre, [...]
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Hotels ‘held hostage by TripAdvisor blackmailers’

The British Hospitality Association has warned that hotels are at risk of being blackmailed by guests with the threat of bad reviews. The warning came despite moves by TripAdvisor to be more hotel friendly as it makes the transition towards being a meta-search product. Martin Couchman OBE, deputy CEO, British Hospitality Association, who is in [...]
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Competition up as travel rebounds

The view of the online booking sector continued to lack clarity this week, as one study reported a jump in bookings through online travel agents while another pointed to the sector as losing market share. The message behind both studies was that travel is on the increase and hotels should take advantage of consumers looking [...]
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TripAdvisor makes restaurant move

TripAdvisor has acquired LaFourchette, the leading internet and mobile restaurant reservation system in France, Spain and Switzerland, for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition was the second such deal outside the hotel sector in recent weeks, indicating that the company is looking to expand into all aspects of the hospitality industry. LaFourchette has over 12,000 properties [...]
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Issue 18: 19th may 2014

OTAs push mobile Mobile continues to be a priority for online travel agents, with Priceline, Orbitz Worldwide and Groupon all investing heavily in the channel. Orbitz has pushed mobile further, linking its new loyalty programme to its app and offering its highest reward rate to those booking in this manner. Read more TripAdvisor instant [...]
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TUI continues online drive

TUI Travel said that online bookings were increasingly driving sales as it continued its “digital transformation”. In line with its online travel agent competitors, the group is also seeing growth in bookings through mobile channels. Peter Long, CEO, said: “Demand continues to grow for our unique holidays and we have seen strong growth in online [...]
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Supranational revamps booking

Supranational Hotels, the GDS representation company, has relaunched its own online booking engine. The group said that the new product supported connections with Google Hotel Finder and meta-search engines such as Trivago, to help drive direct bookings. The product includes a customisable booking engine which can be tailored to brand specifications, and includes options to [...]
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Amadeus commits to hotels

Amadeus reiterated its commitment to growth in the hotel sector at its first quarter results, highlighted by its acquisition of Newmarket International. The company has also recently signed a partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group to provide the company with technological solutions, as more hotel companies look to bring in outside expertise to improve relationships with [...]