From the monthly archives: "September 2015"
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    Orbitz ‘too small’ to count

    Expedia Inc. has seen its merger with Orbitz Worldwide cleared after the Department of Justice said that Orbitz was “only a small source” of bookings for hotels. The DoJ also pointed to the “rapidly evolving’ online travel market, in particular TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking service and Google’s Hotel and Flight Finder. The Antitrust Division said that [...]
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    OTAs fight back on rate parity

    The CMA has closed its investigation into rate parity “on administrative priority grounds” but said it would continue monitoring the issue. The news came as an organisation representing online travel agents in Europe attacking a bill that it claims will end rate parity and hand all pricing power to hotels. The CMA said that its [...]
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    Points mean rooms at Expedia

    Expedia has announced that it will allow members of its loyalty scheme to redeem points against merchant hotel purchases. The news came as hotel operators continue to use loyalty programmes as a lure for customers to book direct. David Doctorow, chief marketing & strategy officer, expedia.com, said: “The concept is that we want to allow [...]
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    Airbnb expands in the funnel

    Airbnb has acquired trip-planning service Vamo for an undisclosed fee, with plans to close down the brand but integrate the team. The news came as the company announced a partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to help promote local businesses to guests. Ari Steinberg, founder & CEO, Vamo, said: “We’re so excited to join [...]
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    BeMate looks to growth

    BeMate.com a peer-to-peer service which offers apartments to rent, paired with hotels, has announced plans to expand. The company aims to add around 6,000 new apartments in several destinations, including London, Rome, Paris, Lisbon and the US during the first months of 2016. The brand was launched alongside Room Mate Hotel, which was founded in [...]
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    Accor to charge 14% for distribution

    Accor Hotels has confirmed to this publication that it will charge independent hotels a commission of 14% to use its new distribution marketplace. The company said it expected to add 500 independent hotels to AccorHotels.com by the end of the year, en route to its target of 10,000 within two and a half years. Romain [...]
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    Marriott signs up to Alipay

    Marriott International has announced a deal with Alibaba Group, which will see Alipay rolled out to the group’s hotels. Alipay is currently China’s largest e-payments provider, handling over 120 million transactions daily, over half of which are on mobile devices. Marriott International said that it expected Alipay to become an important payment method for the [...]
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    Expedia, Priceline face Oz rate parity probe

    Expedia Inc, which has seen its merger with Orbitz Worldwide cleared by the Department of Justice, is now facing a possible investigation by the competition regulator in Australia. The Priceline Group is also being probed over rate parity clauses, with the regulator responding to concerns that the pair have been able to dictate terms to [...]
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    Hotels to review guests

    The Art Series Hotel Group in Australia has reported back on an experiment over the summer which saw its staff reviewing their guests. The Reverse Reviews programme rewarded the “perfect guest” with a free night, with guests cleaning their own rooms and buying gifts for staff in an attempt to curry favour. The company said: [...]
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    Qunar gets closer to Baidu

    Qunar has expanded its board and added three directors from majority shareholder Baidu. The company said that the move would strengthen the “strategic relationship” between the two as Qunar looks to achieve its goal “of becoming China’s number one travel platform”. Robin Yanhong Li, Qunar chairman, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Liang Zeng, [...]