From the monthly archives: "November 2015"
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    Marriott’s China OTA push

    Marriott International has announced an agreement with China-based OTA Alitrip to list the company’s hotels. The deal came shortly before Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts, adding to its portfolio in the region. Two months ago Marriott International signed an agreement with Ant Financial Services Group, part of Alibaba Group, which also includes Alitrip. [...]
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    HotelTonight cuts staff

    HotelTonight has cut 20% of its workforce, with CEO Sam Shank describing it as “about making the best choice for the company in the long term”. The news came shortly before the company expanded its HT Aces concierge service to a number of cities, including London, Sydney and Montreal and added a a new feature [...]
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    Booking signs deal with Concur

    Booking.com has signed an agreement with expenses solution group Concur, further bolstering the OTA’s move into the business travel sector. The announcement was made as a study by HRS called on companies to cut costs by making expenses claims digital. The partnership will see Booking.com’s portfolio available in Concur Travel, allowing business travellers to book [...]
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    Airbnb signs Amex deal

    Airbnb has signed an agreement with American Express that will allow cardholders to use reward points to make bookings. The sharing platform has also added new features for hosts, including a revenue management product. The deal will American Express will also allow cardholders to use their Amex login to sign up and complete their profile. [...]
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    TripAdvisor’s optimisation warning

    TripAdvisor’s president & CEO, Steve Kaufer, has sent a letter to business owners warning them about companies who claim to be able to boost their rankings. Kaufer said that some optimisation groups claimed to have a direct relationship with TripAdvisor, while others had attempted to blackmail clients. Kaufer wrote: “Their practices are wholly contrary to [...]
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    Expedia buys HomeAway

    Expedia, Inc. is to buy holiday rental platform HomeAway for USD3.9bn in cash and shares. The deal builds on the relationship between the two, formed in 2013 when HomeAway started listing with the Expedia brand. “We have long had our eyes on the fast growing ~USD100bn alternative accommodations space and have been building on our [...]
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    Priceline and TripAdvisor stumble

    The Priceline Group and TripAdvisor both saw their share prices fall following their earnings announcements. At The Priceline Group the company said that it expected domestic bookings to fall, while TripAdvisor missed expectations as it admitted its move to being a booking engine was “still in the early days.” The Priceline Group saw shares drop [...]
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    Marriott, Meliá up rewards ante

    Marriott International and Meliá Hotels International have both announced new features to their rewards programmes. The news came as a study revealed that consumers were looking for value and clarity in such programmes. Marriott International has added four new facets to its rewards programme, with customers now able to combine cash and points to book [...]
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    Choice cheery on SkyTouch

    Choice Hotels International told investors that it was “in deep discussions” with several “larger brand companies” over its SkyTouch marketing and distribution business. The group said that it expected to begin turning the division “into a positive investment” as more hotels signed up to the product. SkyTouch has now signed agreements with nearly 200 hotels [...]
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    Airbnb gets political

    Airbnb has announced plans to launch a number of home-sharing clubs which will enable hosts to campaign more effectively against legislation to restrict sharing. The news came after voters in San Francisco defeated plans to limit short-term vacation rentals, in what Airbnb called “a victory for the middle class”. San Francisco’s Proposition F would have [...]