Issue 12: 21st March 2016

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    Google ‘never say never’ to OTA

    Google has launched its Destinations by Google product for mobile, aiming to capitalise on last year’s 50% increase in travel-related questions on mobile phones. The company said that a move on the online travel agency market would be unlikely, describing the transactions market as a “very different business model”, but did not rule it out [...]
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    Meta leading guests to OTAs

    Travellers who research their hotel on a metasearch site are more likely to then book with an online travel agent than on a brand.com website, according to Expedia. The study found that, while almost half of those who researched on a hotel’s own site also booked on it, it was also important to market throughout [...]
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    Marriott adds loyalty rate

    Marriott International has become the latest global operator to offer cheaper room rates to members of its loyalty scheme. The company joins InterContinental Hotels Group and Hilton Worldwide, amongst others, in using this tactic to push direct bookings, to the growing ire of the online travel agents. Marriott International is introducing Marriott Rewards Member Rates, [...]
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    BookingSuite updates RateManager

    BookingSuite has announced an enhanced version of its RateManager revenue management product. The move follows the acquisition last year by BookingSuite parent The Priceline Group of PriceMatch, a cloud-based data and analytics solution for hotels. BookingSuite said that the new version of RateManger used “predictive modelling techniques that leverage machine learning to monitor the precise [...]
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    Qunar to launch airline

    China-based online travel agency Qunar has announced plans to launch a low-cost airline, with another, unnamed, partner. The move came after a number of airlines, including Air China, removed their flights from sale on the site. Qunar said that it would invest USD92m in Shenhui Airlines, in partnership with another local firm in Shenzhen, with [...]