Issue 14

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    Pry in the sky

    It’s happened to us all. You’ve chosen your in-flight movie, claimed your nut-free sour cream-flavoured bag of pretzels, taken off your shoes and are set for a six-hour festival of relaxation. The free gin flows at a reasonable rate and you can relish being in one of the few places Blackberry can’t reach. Until the [...]
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    TripAdvisor faces life on its own

    Concerns over a fall in global travel advertising spend have cast a shadow over TripAdvisor, with at least one broker downgrading the target price for the company's shares. The company, which started trading as an independent company in early December, has already seen changes, through de-cluttering and its new contract with former parent company Expedia. [...]
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    Priceline grows partnerships

    Priceline has announced a partnership with Overstock.com which will include access to the group’s Name Your Own Price product. Priceline’s Priceline Partner Network will power Overstock’s new travel website, which will be co-branded O.co travel powered by Priceline.com. The move will give the company exposure to Overstock’s price-conscious customers as it continues to grow its [...]
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    Travel Republic sale highlights industry consolidation

    Travel Republic saw in the New Year by announcing that Dnata, the air services provider which is part of Emirates Group, had acquired a 75% stake in the group for an undisclosed fee. Dnata said that the deal would allow it to “capitalise on the increasing popularity of online travel booking” and continue its international [...]
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    Kuoni ramps up online offering

    Kuoni has announced a number of innovations to its website and an increased use of social media as it seeks to bolster its online presence. The move came as KPMG released a report warning that tour operators faced a ‘make or break’ 2012, comments that followed shortly after the travails of Thomas Cook and a [...]