From the monthly archives: "February 2016"
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    Priceline up as corporate builds

    The Priceline Group reported accelerating growth in room nights booked on the year, as it turned its eye to the corporate and home-sharing markets. The company, which joined TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking programme last year, said that it was “pleased” but did not expect it to “significantly impact” growth. The group reported that accommodation reservations were [...]
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    Hilton’s loyalty discount

    Hilton Worldwide had launched a campaign to drive direct bookings, offering members of its loyalty scheme discounted rates. The company follows a similar move by InterContinental Hotels Group, which last year offered a lowest price promise to loyalty members using its Holiday Inn Express brand in the UK. Hilton Worldwide would not be drawn on [...]
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    Accor buys into home rentals

    AccorHotels has continued its acquisitions spree with stakes in two companies operating in the vacation rental market. The move is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to increase scale as a weapon as it competes for bookings with the online travel agents. The group would not be drawn on the cost of the deals. AccorHotels [...]
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    Google drops right hand ads

    Google has removed all PPC adverts from the right hand side of its search results page, to enable “better performance for advertisers”. The move has sparked speculation that it will mean competition will grow for the paid-for top listings, with organic search being pushed ever-further down. The decision is thought to have been driven by [...]
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    IHG hails digital innovation

    InterContinental Hotels Group used its full-year results to outline further details of the reservation system it is developing with Amadeus, due in 2017. The comments came as the company reported that its digital channels now delivered 20% of hotel revenues, supported by mobile growth, with 40% of visits now on mobile. CEO Richard Solomons told [...]
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    Expedia’s bidding marketplace

    Expedia is testing a product called Accelerator, which will see hotels bid against each other for prime ranking positions. The company’s CEO told analysts that it would turn the site into a “marketplace” and said that the partners who had used it were “pretty darn happy”. Dara Khosrowshahi, president & CEO, speaking on the earnings [...]
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    TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking cost

    TripAdvisor saw its share price rise by 15% following the release of its fourth-quarter results, despite warnings of “muted” hotel growth. The company said that expenses were likely to grow faster than revenue as it rolled out its Instant Booking product, but remained hopeful of its long-term prospects. The group saw hotel segment revenue rise [...]
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    BHA calls for sharing transparency

    The British Hospitality Association has called for greater transparency of data from home sharing websites, accusing them of allowing “illegal hotels” to operate. The comments were made as Airbnb was accused of delisting properties in New York to manipulate data demanded by the attorney general. The BHA said that it was calling for greater transparency [...]
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    OTAs attack Italy parity law

    The European Technology and Travel Services Association has called on the Italian government and Parliament to suppress a new rate parity provision. The organisation, which represents the interests of GDSs and online travel agencies, said that the new clause would be anti-competitive. Article 50 would nullify clauses “under which hotels commit themselves not to discriminate [...]
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    TUI, Thomas Cook see online growth

    TUI Group and Thomas Cook both took the opportunity of their first quarter results announcements to hail ongoing growth in online distribution. The companies have both sought to leverage their strong brand names to compete with newer entrants to the market, while Thomas Cook has also agreed a deal with Airbnb in India. At TUI [...]