Issue 18: 19th May 2014

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    TUI continues online drive

    TUI Travel said that online bookings were increasingly driving sales as it continued its “digital transformation”. In line with its online travel agent competitors, the group is also seeing growth in bookings through mobile channels. Peter Long, CEO, said: “Demand continues to grow for our unique holidays and we have seen strong growth in online [...]
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    Supranational revamps booking

    Supranational Hotels, the GDS representation company, has relaunched its own online booking engine. The group said that the new product supported connections with Google Hotel Finder and meta-search engines such as Trivago, to help drive direct bookings. The product includes a customisable booking engine which can be tailored to brand specifications, and includes options to [...]
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    Amadeus commits to hotels

    Amadeus reiterated its commitment to growth in the hotel sector at its first quarter results, highlighted by its acquisition of Newmarket International. The company has also recently signed a partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group to provide the company with technological solutions, as more hotel companies look to bring in outside expertise to improve relationships with [...]
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    TripAdvisor instant booking to drive mobile

    TripAdvisor took the opportunity of its first-quarter results to launch its Instant Booking feature, which allows users to book without leaving the site. The company said that it would mean a more seamless booking experience, which it also expected to drive sales through smartphones. Instant Booking allows travellers to complete their reservation on their smartphones [...]
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    OTAs push mobile

    Mobile continues to be a priority for online travel agents, with Priceline, Orbitz Worldwide and Groupon all investing heavily in the channel. Orbitz has pushed mobile further, linking its new loyalty programme to its app and offering its highest reward rate to those booking in this manner. In general most company’s results echoed those of [...]