From the monthly archives: "October 2014"
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    Issue 38: 27th October 2014

    Hub at the forefront of Whitbread's digital journey Whitbread's new Hub compact city hotels promise to showcase a range of new technologies, in a bid to open up the sub-brand's appeal to a new customer base wider than the company's Premier Inn guests. Details of the new format were revealed at MIPIM UK, as Whitbread's [...]
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    Online booking tool for meeting rooms planned

    A group of former hoteliers is to launch an online meetings room reservation system, which they hope will increase occupancy from 30% to 60%. Okanda, an online, real-time, central reservation system will launch later this year in the UK and Germany, with both a branded product and a white-label offering to help hotels drive business [...]
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    Customers eye a bargain

    Names and photographs of hotels are key to driving customers towards booking, according to a study from Cornell University. The report paired eye tracking with interviews to come to its conclusions, which also confirmed that price and user-generated reviews were important to the consumer. The study, entitled ‘Using Eye Tracking to Obtain a Deeper Understanding [...]
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    Monmodo gets funded to push meta further

    Monmodo Group announced that it had raised a further GBP80m in funding, which it said valued the brand at GBP132m. The investment came as competition continues to grow in the meta-search sector, as brands such as Google continue to expand their offerings. Hugo Burge, CEO, said: “After a robust process we are pleased to be [...]
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    Last Minute linked to Time Out owner

    Last Minute’s UK trading arm has moved in profit after parent company Travelocity wrote off GBP227m in debt. The results further fuelled rumours that the brand is about to be sold, with reports suggesting that  Oakley Capital, owner of Time Out magazine, had put in a bid on the group. According to the latest results [...]
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    Hub at the forefront of Whitbread’s digital journey

    Whitbread's new Hub compact city hotels promise to showcase a range of new technologies, in a bid to open up the sub-brand's appeal to a new customer base wider than the company's Premier Inn guests. Details of the new format were revealed at MIPIM UK, as Whitbread's property & commercial managing director Mark Anderson took [...]
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    Issue 37: 21st October 2014

    Expedia sees further sale rumours Expedia shareholder Liberty Interactive is reported to be considering selling its stake in the online travel agent, despite buying an additional USD20m in stock last month. The news is the latest rumour around Expedia’s ownership, with the group most-recently mooted for a sale to Alibaba. Read more San Francisco [...]
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    TUI Travel raises forecast as online builds

    TUI Travel said that its online focus was “delivering results” in a pre-trading update that saw online bookings account for more than a third of holidays booked. The company raised its full-year forecast, at the same time that it is persuading shareholders to support a merger with German parent company TUI AG. TUI Travel said [...]
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    Wyndham appeals against FTC right to sue

    Wyndham Worldwide has asked a federal appellate court in the US to throw out Federal Trade Commission charges relating to the company's data-security practices. In May a federal judge ruled that the US Federal Trade Commission could sue Wyndham over past data breaches, despite the group protesting that it was a victim in the case. [...]
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    Room Key CEO quits

    Room Key has appointed Steve Sickel as interim CEO, replacing founder John Davis, who, the group said, had “decided to step down”. Sickel is to focus on expanding the site’s its core business-to-consumer meta-search offering while also planning and developing a broad business-to-business distribution product offering. Sickel said: “Room Key is a compelling platform with [...]