From the daily archives: "Monday, March 7, 2016"
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    Choice continues direct drive

    Choice Hotels International said that it would continue to invest in its Skytouch distribution and marketing division, commenting that it expected it to “no longer be a drag on earnings” by 2017. The comments came shortly after the company relaunched its loyalty programme and confirmed the launch of a vacation rentals platform. Speaking at the [...]
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    Hilton drops ‘hated’ cancellation fee

    Hilton Worldwide has announced that it will drop its USD50 cancellation fee after discovering that “customers hated it”. The news came as the group’s CEO said that its global marketing campaign to push direct bookings was “off the charts”. Last November saw the group trial the fee, which saw guests charged USD50 for cancelling a [...]
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    India OTA raises USD250m

    Ibibo, which owns hotels booking engine Goibibo, has raised USD250m in a funding round. The company said it would use the money to extend its leading position and invest in further technology innovations. Ibibo Group said its parent, South African Internet and media company Naspers, would invest USD250m in the company to expand its presence [...]
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    Corporates move to alternatives

    A GBTA Foundation survey of business travellers in the UK, Germany and France found that three out of five had used a traditional channel to make bookings, while a similar number had used an alternative channel. The study, sponsored by Concur, found that, when booking through alternative channels, customers were looking for better pricing, the [...]
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    Booking fails to register trademark

    The Priceline Group’s efforts to get Booking.com registered as a trademark have failed, after the patents office ruled it “too generic” in the context of the business. Booking.com appealed in 2014 after refusal to register four variations of the URL, arguing that the name conveyed more than a generic term for reservation services. The Trademark [...]