From the monthly archives: "December 2015"
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    Expedia to go Amazon

    Expedia told delegates at its annual partner conference in Las Vegas that it had started testing a more Amazon-style shopping experience. The company, which has spent much of this year participating in the sector’s M&A frenzy, said that it was planning on changing the structure of its site to focus on the consumer. Aman Bhutani, [...]
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    Tripadvisor to follow Airbnb

    Tripadvisor will charge travellers a fee when they book holiday rentals, following the lead of Airbnb and, most recently, HomeAway. Last month saw the group miss earnings expectations as it admitted its move to being a booking engine was “still in the early days”. As the fee is raised for consumers, it is lowered for [...]
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    TUI ponders Hotelbeds sale

    TUI Group used its full-year results announcement to confirm that it was conducting a strategic review of its B2B wholesaler, Hotelbeds, The company has been rationalising its holdings since last year’s merger of TUI Travel and TUI AG and in October sold B2C brand LateRooms for GBP8.5m to luxury travel company Cox & Kings Group. [...]
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    Airbnb quits affiliates

    Airbnb is reported to be preparing to end its affiliate programme involving around 100 websites. The news came as the company confirmed that it had raised USD1.5bn in private equity funding earlier this year. The group is yet to confirm the move to close the affiliate programme, which is not expected to change its relationship [...]
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    Small Luxury loyalty scheme

    Small Luxury Hotels of the World has announced new loyalty scheme and a travel agent recognition programme to go with its new CEO. The move came as the group launched a new strategy to both expand and improve the quality of its estate, as competition for owners continues to grow. The group said that 2016 [...]
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    Google angers Tripadvisor, Yelp

    Tripadvisor and Yelp has accused Google of deliberately favouring its own results over the social sites. Google claimed that the distorted results were as a result of a flaw in its code, to which Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer accused the search engine of being “deceptive and anti-consumer”. Yelp and Tripadvisor are no strangers to complaining [...]
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    Ryanair to see eDreams in court

    Ryanair has attacked claims made by eDreams that Ryanair was preventing online travel agencies from providing consumers with the lowest fares. The budget carrier said that it would continue with legal proceedings launched against eDreams and Google in the Irish High Courts. Ryanair confirmed that it has a number of agreements in place with OTAs [...]
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    Doubletree – for a price

    Hilton Worldwide’s DoubleTree by Hilton brand is rolling out a new premium room concept called the ‘Little Extras Upgrade’, for a fee. The company will include faster Wi-Fi and goes against the recent trend of using extras as method of driving loyalty programme membership, with the offer open even to guests who book through an [...]
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    UK ‘global leader’ in sharing

    Airbnb has hailed the UK government as a “global leader” in the sharing economy, after releasing figures which claimed that the estimated annual economic impact of Airbnb in London was more than GBP1.3bn. The comments came as the competition authority in the UK attacked proposals by Transport for London to limit the scope of Uber [...]
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    Avoid social networks to score bookings

    Independent accommodation providers have been warned that focusing on social networks to drive business is time wasted. A study from Eviivo found that only 8% said they have booked a stay in a B&B because of its social media profile, with 44% of the 2,000 people surveyed instead checking review sites first. The company reported [...]