Issue 14: 4th April 2016

    hilton - stop clicking around
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    Hilton linked to commission cut

    Hilton Worldwide is rumoured to be planning to cut commissions to travel agents to as low as 5% on its new loyalty programme rates. The company is currently overhauling its pricing strategy across the group, led by its Stop Clicking Around direct booking campaign. The group is remaining tight-lipped around the cut to commissions, with [...]
    iPhone 6 - w.Maps
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    eLong maintains mobile push

    eLong will continue to invest in mobile after reporting that mobile bookings comprised more than 80% of eLong brand room nights in the fourth quarter. The company, which agreed a take-private deal in February, also announced that more than 75,000 properties had signed up to its free, cloud-based, property management systems. Hao Jiang, CEO, eLong, [...]
    tripadvisor
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    TripAdvisor up on Priceline rumour

    TripAdvisor has seen its shares climb as speculation suggested that The Priceline Group could be planning a move on the company. Priceline CEO Darren Huston told analysts that “every year is an investment year at The Priceline Group”, despite having seemingly pulled back from acquisitions after a spree in 2014. TripAdvisor saw shares rise by [...]
    Airbnb
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    AH&LA attacks ‘illegal’ Airbnb

    A growing number of commercial operators are using Airbnb to run illicit and illegal hotels, according to a study for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The news came as the company launched a feature which will allow neighbours of hosts to complain about anti-social guests. The findings were the latest from a report conducted [...]
    Kuoni
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    Kuoni hails B2B move

    Kuoni Group, which is due to be taken private by EQT in May, said that its focus on its B2B business was “progressing well”. Speculation suggests that the company, which reported a loss relating to the sale of its tour operator businesses, will be joined at EQT by Hotelbeds, currently owned by TUI. Zubin Karkaria, [...]