Issue 10: 15th March 2013

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    HTNG launches secure payments framework

    Hotel Technology Next Generation has unveiled a framework to improve payment card security across the industry. The new scheme, which was the result of 18 months’ work across the sector, is expected to greatly reduce the cost and complexity for hotels to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. The HTNG Secure Payments Framework [...]
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    TripAdvisor linked to Jetsetter buy

    TripAdvisor is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing the acquisition of Jetsetter, for an as-yet undisclosed fee. The brand is thought to have been on the market since mid-2012 and, should the deal go ahead, would diversify TripAdvisor’s portfolio by adding further flash sales. Jetsetter’s owner, the Gilt Group, is thought to have [...]
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    Retail shift benefits OTAs

    The shift from a merchant model to a retail model is helping online travel agents increase their share of the market, according to a presentation by TravelClick. The company said that Expedia’s newly introduced agency model had allowed OTAs to compete with direct sales, giving hotel operators further competition to address in the coming year. [...]
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    Moxy – poxy or foxy?

    The International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin saw Marriott International debut its first foray into the economy sector in Europe, with Moxy Hotels., launched in cooperation with Ikea. The company said that the brand was aimed at “the rapidly-emerging millennial traveller”, who was tech-savvy and wanted to connect with other guests personally and digitally. The [...]
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    Industry wide app mooted

    The hotel sector needs a cross-industry app to ensure mass-adoption by consumers, delegates at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin were told. The likelihood that such an app would be developed by one of the intermediaries raised concerns that operators would be left at a disadvantage as they once again failed to keep up [...]