Issue 13: 13th April 2015

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    Accor distributes Mama Shelter

    Accor has started to distribute Mama Shelter, the brand in which it acquired a 35% stake in October, on its accorhotels.com website. The move came as the company is trying to push bookings through accorhotels.com, as it attempts to regain power from the online travel agents, through, it said, acquisition if necessary. Accor, which made [...]
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    Germany bans rate parity for Booking.com

    The German anti-trust regulator, the Bundeskartellamtt, has said that it will ban ‘best price’ clauses used by Booking.com. The online travel agent had proposed a number of compromises to the clauses, which the regulator dismissed as “insufficient”. The decision came after the Bundeskartellamtt banned similar clauses used by HRS, commenting that “a less stringent course [...]
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    Thomas Cook ‘yielding results’

    Thomas Cook said that it was seeing “progress” online, reporting that bookings were up 10% on the year in a trading statement. The company, which recently acknowledged that it was likely to miss its target of 50% of bookings online by the end of the year, added that its investment in mobile was “yielding results” [...]
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    OTA consolidation goes south

    Greece-based online travel agencies Tripsta and airtickets have announced a merger which they say will create the largest OTA in southern Europe. The two companies said that the newly-united company would be one of Europe’s top five OTAs and would also become the largest e-commerce company in Greece. Tripsta was formed in 2005 as Travelplanet24 [...]
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    Wyndham bolsters brands

    Wyndham Hotel Group has unveiled a number of new initiatives to its franchisees, including a new loyalty programme, as well as “access to better technology and a renewed emphasis on quality and brands”. The company made the announcements as hotel brand owners have seen increased competition from technology providers,  distribution-only brands and the online travel [...]