Issue 11

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    ReviewPro celebrates win

    Barcelona-based ReviewPro has been awarded the Best Emerging Technology Innovation Award at the 2011 PhoCusWright Conference. The company provides online reputation management and social media analytics solutions for the hotel industry, at a time when keeping up to date with what is being said about hotels online is of ever-growing importance. The group indexes over [...]
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    Atol reforms keep booking window

    The UK's Civil Aviation Authority Information Paper on ATOL (Air Travel Organisers' Licence) reform has revealed more details of the Department of Transport’s Flight-Plus scheme covering air holidays not currently protected. The authority will consult on the details in January, with the industry told to prepare for its implementation next April. For the online travel [...]
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    Autograph comes to Europe

    Marriott International has celebrated the official launch of its first nine hotels in Europe under the Autograph Collection, its brand-without-a-brand targeted at luxury independent hotels. The hotels will be able to tap into Marriott’s global reservations system and Marriott Rewards loyalty programme, while retaining their independence. For those taking part, the brand provides a potential [...]
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    Expedia ups stake in eLong

    Expedia has increased its stake in China-based online travel agent eLong, after acquiring the holding of Renren, the Chinese social networking website. The deal, for $72.4m, sees Expedia act to further build its holding in a country where, unlike many of its other territories, it does not lead the market. China’s OTA market remains led [...]
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    Regulator to resist rate parity action

    The OFT’s investigation into rate parity is unlikely to result in any changes to the operations of online travel agents, delegates at the Hospace 2011 conference in London were told. Panellists said that as long as consumers were still able to effectively seek out different prices, the organisation would be likely to reject claims of [...]