From the monthly archives: "May 2015"
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    Ctrip builds dominance with Tuniu deal

    Ctrip reported a 45% year-on-year increase in first-quarter accommodation revenue, a pace it expects to maintain into the second quarter. The news came as the company announced a USD500m investment in rival Tuniu, which will see it further increase its dominance of the online travel space in China. In a call to analysts, James Liang, [...]
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    Orbitz under renewed scrutiny

    Orbitz Worldwide saw its first quarter results hit by an increase in the use of fraudulent credit card information. The results came as the company’s acquisition by Expedia was delayed by the Department of Justice in the US, which has asked for further documents relating to the deal. Orbitz Worldwide saw a 13% increase in [...]
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    Triptease integrates with SynXis

    Triptease has announced that its Price Check widget now integrates with Sabre’s SynXis booking engine. The news continues a busy year for Triptease, which raised USD2m in seed funding in March and launched Price Check, a feature which shows live prices from across the web on hotels’ websites. Alexandra Zubko, head of business development, Triptease, [...]
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    AHLA makes scam site warning

    The American Hotel & Lodging Association has called on legislators in the US to take action on fraudulent hotel booking sites. The organisation estimated that bogus sites were costing US travellers more than USD220m every year, with an estimated 2.5 million bookings affected. The AHLA said that the problem typically affected hotels’ own sites, rather [...]
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    United rewards hacker bug hunters

    United Airlines has announced a ‘bug bounty programme’ that will see it reward “independent researchers” with air miles for finding bugs in its software. The company said that the programme, which it claims is the first in the industry, would “further bolster its security”, a desirable state in a market constant under attack from hackers. [...]
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    Priceline buys PriceMatch

    Priceline Group has continued its acquisition spree with a deal to acquire PriceMatch, a cloud-based data and analytics solution for hotels. The agreement, for an undisclosed fee, will see PriceMatch integrated into BookingSuite, a recently-launched division of Booking.com, described by the group as a “partner-facing software services platform”. Darren Huston, the company’s president & CEO, [...]
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    Priceline, TripAdvisor moderate mobile

    Priceline Group and TripAdvisor both hailed their latest mobile product launches, although steered clear of ascribing future growth to the channels. Both companies discussed the current balance between mobile and desktop, with TripAdvisor describing the “downward pressure” on pricing from the phone. At Priceline Group, where the company has recently acquired PriceMatch, as covered elsewhere [...]
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    Wyndham makes HomeAway move

    Wyndham Worldwide confirmed that it is using HomeAway to distribute its Exchange and Rental business. The company, which recently effectively outsourced distribution for its hotel division to Sabre, said that it was in “active discussions” with other third party distributors. In a call to analysts following the release of the group’s first quarter earnings, CEO [...]
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    Choice relaunches website, expands SkyTouch

    Choice Hotels International has redesigned its website as part of the relaunch of the company’s branding. The company, which also confirmed that it was in talks with Amazon, said that its SkyTouch marketing and distribution business was making “significant progress”. The group said that the redesigned choicehotels.com would make it “easier than ever to book [...]
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    TUI to create ‘power brand’

    TUI Group has confirmed plans to create “one power brand” under the TUI name, marking the end of the Thomson and First Choice brands. The group has also decided to sell Laterooms, despite comments at the end of last year that it was planning to build on the success of the brand to expand. The [...]