Issue 18: 18th May 2015

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    Priceline buys PriceMatch

    Priceline Group has continued its acquisition spree with a deal to acquire PriceMatch, a cloud-based data and analytics solution for hotels. The agreement, for an undisclosed fee, will see PriceMatch integrated into BookingSuite, a recently-launched division of Booking.com, described by the group as a “partner-facing software services platform”. Darren Huston, the company’s president & CEO, [...]
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    Priceline, TripAdvisor moderate mobile

    Priceline Group and TripAdvisor both hailed their latest mobile product launches, although steered clear of ascribing future growth to the channels. Both companies discussed the current balance between mobile and desktop, with TripAdvisor describing the “downward pressure” on pricing from the phone. At Priceline Group, where the company has recently acquired PriceMatch, as covered elsewhere [...]
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    Wyndham makes HomeAway move

    Wyndham Worldwide confirmed that it is using HomeAway to distribute its Exchange and Rental business. The company, which recently effectively outsourced distribution for its hotel division to Sabre, said that it was in “active discussions” with other third party distributors. In a call to analysts following the release of the group’s first quarter earnings, CEO [...]
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    Choice relaunches website, expands SkyTouch

    Choice Hotels International has redesigned its website as part of the relaunch of the company’s branding. The company, which also confirmed that it was in talks with Amazon, said that its SkyTouch marketing and distribution business was making “significant progress”. The group said that the redesigned choicehotels.com would make it “easier than ever to book [...]
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    TUI to create ‘power brand’

    TUI Group has confirmed plans to create “one power brand” under the TUI name, marking the end of the Thomson and First Choice brands. The group has also decided to sell Laterooms, despite comments at the end of last year that it was planning to build on the success of the brand to expand. The [...]