From the monthly archives: "October 2015"
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    Priceline joins ‘cannibalistic’ Instant Booking

    The Priceline Group is to add a number of its brands to TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking platform, with Booking.com first to participate. The move came despite Priceline’s CEO describing Instant Booking as “cannibalistic”, as TripAdvisor continued to attract operators to the platform, with Wyndham Hotels Group latest to sign up. At The Priceline Group, priceline.com and [...]
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    Amazon shutters Destinations

    Amazon has closed its Destinations product, less than six months after launch, commenting that it had “learned a lot”. Destinations was the company’s second attempt at launching a travel product following its Local offering, which focused on discounting. April saw the group launch Amazon Destinations, offering hotels in areas around LA, New York and Seattle, [...]
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    Airbnb raises host fees

    Airbnb is trialling using Google Ads to attract more guests, with host being charged additional fees should they receive a booking as a result. There will be a 12% to 15% charge for bookings via Google Ads, significantly higher than the 3% host fee previously charged. The company told hosts: “Airbnb is running online advertisements [...]
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    Travelbird reassures as jobs cut

    Deals site Travelbird has cut around 100 jobs at its Amsterdam headquarters as it pulls out of operations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Poland. The company said that it would continue to operate in 12 other countries as it moved out of the start-up phase to “scale up”. The group told the local press [...]
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    Millennials not so different

    Close to a third of Millennial travellers would still use travel agents when deciding upon a hotel, according to a study commissioned by Choice Hotels. The report also found that 61% of Millennials carried hand sanitiser when traveling, more than any other generation, reassuring those seeking to understand the latest traveller segment that they are [...]
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    TUI sells LateRooms

    TUI Group has sold LateRooms for GBP8.5m to luxury travel group Cox & Kings Group. Cox & Kings said that it expected the deal would bolster its technology capabilities, particularly in the mobile sector. LateRooms was bought for GBP120m in 2006 by First Choice, which the following year merged to form TUI Travel. Cox & [...]
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    French union turns on Airbnb

    The French hoteliers’ union, UMIH, has promised to fight what it has described as “unfair competition” from Airbnb. UMIH is fresh from driving the banning of rate parity clauses in contracts between hoteliers and online travel agents. Roland Heguy, president, French hotel union, UMIH, said at the time of the ruling: “It is more than [...]
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    Airbnb adds business with BridgeStreet

    Airbnb has moved deeper into the corporate market after agreeing a partnership with BridgeStreet Global Hospitality. The deal will see Airbnb carry some of BridgeStreet’s portfolio, while the serviced apartment group will offer Airbnb’s Business product suite to its client base. Sean Worker, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality CEO said: “BridgeStreet is a leader in the corporate [...]
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    Hostelworld mooted for float

    Hostelworld majority-owner Hellman & Friedman is reported to have appointed Numis to advise it on an IPO. The rumours came as HomeAway announced the purchase of Dwellable, with investors giving increasing credence to alternatives to the traditional hotel sector. At Hostelworld, it is reported that owners Hellman & Friedman are looking to cut their stake [...]
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    Accor launches SME product

    AccorHotels has launched AccorHotels Business Solution, a product aimed at SMEs and SMIs to allow them to manage their travel policy and bookings online. The move comes after similar products have been introduced by Airbnb, Priceline Group and Expedia Inc, as the corporate market comes online. The tool allows managers to allow employees to book [...]