Issue 17: 12th May 2014

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    TripAdvisor signs second rental deal

    TripAdvisor has acquired Vacation Home Rentals, a US-based vacation rentals website, for an undisclosed fee. The group said that the deal would boost its holiday rental inventory, less that a year since it acquired Niumba, a leading vacation rentals website in Spain. The deal adds 14,000 properties around the world, taking TripAdvisor to more than [...]
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    Foursquare divides

    Foursquare has announced that it is splitting into two apps; one which will include the existing check-in function and one which will include reviews. The group said that the decision had been made to simplify the two processes for users, after it found that most people only used one of the two functions at a [...]
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    Starwood leans on SPG in China

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts used its recent results announcement to illustrate the importance of its loyalty programme to its global expansion. The company pointed to its deployment of Starwood Preferred Guest in China, a territory where many global operators are currently under stress as the country’s growth slows. Frits van Paasschen, CEO and president, told [...]
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    Accor drives direct bookings with check-in

    Accor has launched a mobile check-in service that will shortly be available to all customers who book directly, in addition to loyalty club members. The product was the first to be announced by Vivek Badrinath, the company’s new hire from Orange, and makes a clear statement that Accor sees itself as a leader in innovation [...]
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    Expedia to pursue media business

    Expedia saw its first quarter revenue come in ahead of expectations, with higher-than-expected air revenue and a larger than anticipated contribution from its relationship with Travelocity. The company, which saw revenue from Trivago increase by 80% year-on-year, said that it would continue to push its media business. The group did not disclose the gross bookings [...]