Issue 1: 13th January 2015

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    Hotels left behind in TV ads

    Expedia brands dominated TV travel advertising spend in the US last year, according to data from iSpot. Trivago led the spending and ranked the seventh-highest for a single ad in any field, but failed to translate the investment into a convincing digital impact. The data showed that 18 online travel brands spent an estimated USD624.7m [...]
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    Bravofly buys Lastminute

    Bravofly Rumbo Group has made a binding offer to acquire lastminute.com from Sabre for USD120m. The figure is significantly below the GBP577m Sabre paid in 2005 and the GBP571m it was floated at in 2000. Reports last year had suggested that Oakley Capital, owner of Time Out magazine, had previously put in a bid on [...]
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    TripAdvisor fined over false reviews

    TripAdvisor has been fined EUR500,000 by Italy’s antitrust authority after failing to prevent the publication of false reviews. The company said that it would appeal the decision and described itself as a “force for good”. The Italian Competition Authority said that consumers reading the reviews would be unable to tell which were genuine and which [...]
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    Marriott continues to push for Wi-Fi jamming

    Marriott International denied that it was company policy to “limit our guests' ability to access the Internet by all available means”. The comments came after it was revealed that the company had petitioned the Federal Communications Commission in the US to allow it to block Wi-Fi access on its properties. In October the company was [...]
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    Booking.com to ‘abandon’ rate parity for OTAs

    Booking.com has told the European Commission that it will “abandon” the rate parity requirement between hotels and other OTAs. The news came as the Commission announced antitrust investigations by the French, Swedish and Italian competition authorities into parity clauses in contracts between Booking.com and hotels. The Commission said that it was coordinating the national investigations [...]