Issue 12: 5th April 2013

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    Choice sells its technology

    Choice Hotels has announced the launch of SkyTouch Technology, a new division that develops and markets cloud-based technology products. The first product to market is a property and rate management solution, which the group is targeting at both chain and independent hotels. The product, SkyTouch Hotel OS, draws on Choice’s ChoiceAdvantage property management system for [...]
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    TripAdvisor adds sales tools

    TripAdvisor has launched a new range of reputation management tools for hotels, which include extra information on visitors to the property’s page on the review site. The new products came as the percentage of revenue which the group raised from former parent Expedia continued to fall, driving the need for TripAdvisor to make itself more [...]
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    TUI drives direct sales

    TUI Travel said that it would continue to execute its “proven strategy” as online sales continued to grow. The company said that it was likely to see full-year results at the top end of its targets, as it continued to drive sales through its direct distribution channels. In a trading update ahead of its half-year [...]
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    Ostrovok ups ante in Russia

    Ostrovok, which claims to be the leading online hotel network in Russia, has raised USD25m in its second round of funding. The company is heading a growing sector in the region, with rival Oktogo raising USD11m two weeks ago, as internet usage booms in Russia. Ostrovok’s initial funding round, in July 2011, raised USD13.6m. This [...]
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    IHG rewards with internet

    InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that it will offer free internet in all its hotels to members of its rewards programme. The decision is the latest move in the on-going battle between operators to differentiate themselves through their loyalty scheme. IHG said that it had been working closely with the leadership and membership of the [...]