Issue 1

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    Accor turns to distribution

    Accor is to turn its focus to distribution as Denis Hennequin, the chairman and CEO appointed at the end of last year from McDonald’s, seeks to leverage his franchising expertise. The company is to take an aggressive stance on intermediaries, and focus on driving bookings through Accorhotels.com, with the establishment of Ibis as a megabrand [...]
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    Not just a number

    A new system is to be launched which will allocate individual numbers for hotels, which the company behind it says will “revolutionise” the way that tour operators and other travel companies cope with electronic accommodation feeds from bed banks and other wholesalers. Developed after a two-year collaboration by Travel Technology Initiative and European Tour Operators [...]
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    TripAdvisor loses the trust

    TripAdvisor last week said that its decision to its slogan "reviews you can trust" to "reviews from our community" on its hotels site was not a result of investigations by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority into allegedly misleading reviews.  The group is facing a number of legal proceedings in various countries, but is not allowing [...]
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    Google takes flight into travel

    Google’s recent launch of its Flight Search service and purchase of Zagat has accelerated its move deeper into the travel sector. Having already established itself as the starting point of choice for many internet users in their travel search-and-book process, industry players are now watching for signs that it plans to increase its grip on [...]
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    No Groupon for IHG

    InterContinental Hotels Group has confirmed that it has introduced a policy of not using flash sale sites, such as Groupon, as they breach brand standards, in a move which indicates the hotel sector’s growing speed at assessing and dealing with the latest technologies. As Google confirmed the acquisition of a German-based deals site DailyDeal, IHG [...]