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    Hilton linked to commission cut

    Hilton Worldwide is rumoured to be planning to cut commissions to travel agents to as low as 5% on its new loyalty programme rates. The company is currently overhauling its pricing strategy across the group, led by its Stop Clicking Around direct booking campaign. The group is remaining tight-lipped around the cut to commissions, with [...]
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    eLong maintains mobile push

    eLong will continue to invest in mobile after reporting that mobile bookings comprised more than 80% of eLong brand room nights in the fourth quarter. The company, which agreed a take-private deal in February, also announced that more than 75,000 properties had signed up to its free, cloud-based, property management systems. Hao Jiang, CEO, eLong, [...]

    TripAdvisor up on Priceline rumour

    TripAdvisor has seen its shares climb as speculation suggested that The Priceline Group could be planning a move on the company. Priceline CEO Darren Huston told analysts that “every year is an investment year at The Priceline Group”, despite having seemingly pulled back from acquisitions after a spree in 2014. TripAdvisor saw shares rise by [...]

    AH&LA attacks ‘illegal’ Airbnb

    A growing number of commercial operators are using Airbnb to run illicit and illegal hotels, according to a study for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The news came as the company launched a feature which will allow neighbours of hosts to complain about anti-social guests. The findings were the latest from a report conducted [...]

    Kuoni hails B2B move

    Kuoni Group, which is due to be taken private by EQT in May, said that its focus on its B2B business was “progressing well”. Speculation suggests that the company, which reported a loss relating to the sale of its tour operator businesses, will be joined at EQT by Hotelbeds, currently owned by TUI. Zubin Karkaria, [...]

    Ctrip to cut discounting

    Ctrip outlined its new strategy following a series of high-profile investments designed to increase its market-leading position in China’s online travel sector. The company said that the deals would help it “reduce irrational pricing competition” in the form of discounting and coupons, as it forecast a CAGR of 30% until 2020. Last year saw the [...]

    Meliá looks to search and social

    Meliá Hotels International has signed a deal with Marin Software which it hopes will help double direct online sales in three years. Meliá is currently in the midst of a EUR100m digital project “to transform its online presence” and drive 40% of sales through its own digital channels by 2017. The company will use Marin [...]
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    Lufthansa stands firm on charge

    Lufthansa’s CEO said that he was “optimistic” the group had made the right decision by adding a distribution cost charge to bookings made using a GDS. The comments were made as the company sued Sabre in response to the accusations that the airline was breaching the terms of its contract with the fee. Chairman & [...]

    Hotelbeds hails growth

    Hotelbeds reported an average 18% growth in TTV across its European markets in 2015, which it described as “five times the industry average”. Parent TUI Group is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing a sale of the division to EQT, the private equity group which acquired Kuoni for USD1.4bn last month. The company [...]
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    Loyalty comes with age

    Millennials engage less with loyalty programmes than their older counterparts, according a report from PwC. The company found that, in contrast to previous studies, Millennials were not unique in their attitudes and behaviours, but were similar to travellers in the 30-plus bracket. The accountancy firm said: “Travellers aged 30 and older prefer hard benefits whereas [...]