From the monthly archives: "November 2014"
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    Issue 42: November 24 2014

    Sabre looks ahead without Lastminute Sabre Corporation has confirmed that it sees its future without Lastminute.com. The comments came during the group’s third-quarter results, at which it expected Travelocity’s relationship with Expedia to cost revenues, but increase profitability. Read more Hotels losing brand ads to OTAs Hotels could be losing bookings to OTAs taking [...]
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    Pegasus makes distribution sale

    Pegasus Electronic Distribution (PEDs) has been sold to private equity group HIG Capital for an undisclosed fee. Under what PEDs is calling a ‘recapitalisation’, the company will use the funds to expand at a time when its users require ever-greater customisation. PEDs was owned by Pegasus Solutions. The deal will see Toni Portmann, a technology [...]
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    Google drops Carousel

    Google is reported to have dropped its Carousel display of local search results for hotels, having never officially launched the concept in Europe. The search engine will replace it with listings from Google Hotel Pricing adverts, meaning that, for hotel searches, the results which appear when the page first loads – the so-called ‘above the [...]
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    Twitter becomes booking tool

    Hotel booking site Stayful has launched a service allowing users to book through Twitter, for stays within 30 days. The product sees the social media platform moving from being a marketing tool into the sphere of revenue management. “Hotels want to make sure they book all their rooms, and travellers want a great deal,” said [...]
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    Hotels losing brand ads to OTAs

    Hotels could be losing bookings to OTAs taking “a significant portion of trademark brand advertising” on search engines, according to research by BrandVerity. The study found that while trademark usage by non-brand advertisers was less common on Google and Google Mobile, it was still high on other search engines, such as Bing, Yahoo and AOL. [...]
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    Sabre looks ahead without Lastminute

    Sabre Corporation has confirmed that it sees its future without Lastminute.com. The comments came during the group’s third-quarter results, at which it expected Travelocity’s relationship with Expedia to cost revenues, but increase profitability. Speaking to analysts, CEO Tom Klein said: “During the quarter we announced we are seeking strategic alternatives for Lastminute.com. We’ve made good [...]
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    Issue 41: 17th November 2014

    Travel hacked off Customers of Booking.com and Hilton Worldwide are reported to have been the victims of hackers. At a time when products such as Apple Pay mean that consumer focus on online security is increasing, the hospitality sector has once again shown that it remains vulnerable. Read more HotelTonight bolsters team HotelTonight has [...]
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    I, you and robot

    Hotels should be cautious when employing technology such as automated check-in, in case guests feel their attention has been divided. A study from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research concluded that, to prevent technology getting in the way of service, it should be situated a distance from “frontline agents”. Michael Giebelhausen, an assistant professor at [...]
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    Loyalty and deals driving growth

    Orbitz Worldwide, Travelport and Amadeus were all confident of future growth after seeing solid results in the third quarter. The three were variously looking to loyalty and past deals to push their businesses forward, with the theme being that there was indeed strength in numbers. At Orbitz Worldwide, the group increased room night sales 19% [...]
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    Avvio gets backing

    Avvio, which provides advanced booking conversion software, has seen a GBP3.5m investment from Calculus Capital. The company said it would use the funding to accelerate its roll out in the UK, expand its marketing efforts and continue to evolve its booking conversion technology. Avvio’s products are focused on driving bookings direct to hotels, at a [...]