Issue 1: 10th January 2014

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    Hotel Distribution Event 2014

    Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology's Hotel Distribution Event is returning this year on Friday 19th September at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London. After last year's successful event, the second Hotel Distribution Event is anticipated to be even better attended but will retain its focus as a thought leadership platform. If you are interested in [...]
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    Google continues to concern in Europe

    The European Commission’s competition commissioner has said that proposals from Google to alleviate fears that it is abusing its position did not “eliminate our concerns regarding competition”. Google responded that it believed its proposals addressed concerns, but did not rule out future compromises. Joaquín Almunia told a Spanish radio interviewer that he had not decided [...]
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    OFT consults on rate parity revisions

    The Office of Fair Trading has opened a consultation on revised commitments proposed by Booking.com, Expedia and InterContinental Hotels Group. The OFT said that it was confident that the revised commitments “should inject a meaningful degree of price competition into the online offering of hotel bookings”. The consultation comes after the OFT accused the three [...]
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    Amadeus makes hotel IT buy

    Amadeus has acquired Newmarket International, a provider of meetings and event operational technology solutions to the hotel industry, for USD500m. The deal will allow the company to strengthen its position in the hotel sector, particularly in the meetings market, which is currently underserved. Amadeus said that Newmarket, which serves around 22,000 properties in 154 countries, [...]
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    Hotels tread water online

    Direct online bookings fell for hoteliers in the UK in 2013, despite an increase in investment, according to a study from Zolfo Cooper. The company found that increased competition from the online travel agents was behind the fall, a further indication that hotels must try to work with their OTA rivals. Zolfo Cooper’s latest Leisure [...]