From the daily archives: "Monday, November 9, 2015"
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    Expedia fights TripAdvisor with Trivago

    Expedia Inc. said that it expected to see “additional volume pressure” as a result of Priceline’s participation in TripAdvisor’s Instant Book. In response, the company is “aggressively” trialling an instant booking product in Germany with its Trivago brand and is also planning to move into the rail sector. Dara Khosrowshahi, president & CEO, told analysts: [...]
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    Airbnb gets into Journeys

    Airbnb is trialling Journeys, a ‘curated excursions’ product which will give it a greater share of the customer’s trip. The trial came as hoteliers in New York increased their attacks on the sharing platform, claiming that it had made an USD2.1bn impact in the city in one year. The Journeys product offers a packaged trip, [...]
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    India platform sees $100m funding

    Oyo Rooms, the India-based budget hotels marketplace, has raised USD100m in funding. The company, which plans to use the investment to expand and develop new technology, is eager to become “the world’s largest branded network of hotels”. The funding round was led by SoftBank Group, with participation by Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Lightspeed India. [...]
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    Packages get digital revision

    The European Parliament has passed the new Package Travel Directive, which adds revisions for digital sales. The changes mean that travel consisting of a flight and hotel purchased online for an all-in price or through linked webpages will get the same protection as packages bought in travel agencies. Under the revisions, package travel rules will [...]
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    Hilton fined over Wi-Fi

    Hilton Worldwide is facing a USD25,000 fine for its “apparent obstruction” of an investigation into blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi devices by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau. The FCC has warned Hilton Worldwide that it faced a “significantly higher fine for any continued obstruction or delay”. Hilton Worldwide protested that: “throughout this inquiry, we have cooperated [...]