Issue 1: 11th January 2016

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    Booking ‘anticompetitive’, rules Germany

    The Bundeskartellamt has ruled that Booking must change best price clauses in its contracts in Germany by the end of this month. Booking said that it would appeal the decision and that it believed the anti-trust regulator had “failed to conduct a proper investigation of the competitive effects” of the clauses. Andreas Mundt, president, Bundeskartellamt [...]
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    Alibaba separates from Ctrip

    Alibaba is reported to have ended its relationship with Ctrip, which saw the online travel agent’s products promoted through Alibaba’s e-commerce platform. The end of last year saw Ctrip acquire Baidu’s stake in Qunar, bringing together two of China’s largest online travel agents, as the country’s online market develops into two dominant players. At the [...]
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    Uber looks to travel

    Uber has applied for a patent for ‘Uber Travel’, which will see the product move deeper into the travel funnel. Prior to this move, the car-sharing platform had limited its forays into the hotel sector to partnering with a number of hotel operators’ loyalty programmes. According to the application, the product will create a number [...]
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    Travel sites failing on mobile

    More than three quarters of travel industry websites are not fully optimised for mobile customers, according to a study by Radware. The company warned that, with half of all online bookings in the US due to take place on mobile devices in 2016, 65% of customers said that their opinion of a brand was affected [...]
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    Travel tech funding ‘exploded’ in 2015

    Investment into travel technology companies is expected to reach around USD5.4bn for 2015, according to CB Insights. The growth was driven by ongoing interest in companies including Airbnb, although there were signs that this was starting to wane. The study defined travel tech as tech-enabled companies offering travel-related services and products, including booking services, search [...]