Issue 17: 20th May 2013

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    Hipmunk launches direct bookings

    Hipmunk has debuted direct bookings, through a partnership with Expedia’s affiliate network. The travel search site has also updated its apps to take advantage of growth in the mobile market as it competes with the bigger online travel agents. Hipmunk said that 30% of its total searches were performed on mobile devices by travellers booking [...]
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    DoubleTree builds identity

    DoubleTree by Hilton has collaborated with Google to launch DTour, a YouTube channel that offers travellers a new way to plan and share their trips. The website integrates all major social media networks in one place and is part of the hotel operator’s ongoing efforts to compete with the online travel agents in providing a [...]
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    “A tale of two Groupons”

    Groupon last week surprised the market by releasing better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit figures. Shares in the group rose by 12% following the announcement, although the company acknowledged that it had “a lot more work to do” on its international business. In March the company fired its founder and CEO Andrew Mason, after releasing disappointing [...]
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    TripAdvisor’s ‘rapid clip’

    TripAdvisor reported that first-quarter growth had accelerated and that it had acquired holiday rentals site Niumba.com. The results came as the company continued to build its relationship with suppliers through the launch of a service that allows hotels to send bulk emails to customers through TripAdvisor. The new product, called Review Express, was described by [...]
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    OTAs see hotel boost

    Priceline, Orbitz Worldwide and C-Trip have all saw their first-quarter results bolstered by revenues from hotels, a trend which was expected to continue for the rest of the year. The online travel agents said that they would continue to invest in mobile, international expansion and, in an echo of recent actions by the operators, building [...]