Issue: 19: 25th May 2015

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    Ctrip builds dominance with Tuniu deal

    Ctrip reported a 45% year-on-year increase in first-quarter accommodation revenue, a pace it expects to maintain into the second quarter. The news came as the company announced a USD500m investment in rival Tuniu, which will see it further increase its dominance of the online travel space in China. In a call to analysts, James Liang, [...]
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    Orbitz under renewed scrutiny

    Orbitz Worldwide saw its first quarter results hit by an increase in the use of fraudulent credit card information. The results came as the company’s acquisition by Expedia was delayed by the Department of Justice in the US, which has asked for further documents relating to the deal. Orbitz Worldwide saw a 13% increase in [...]
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    Triptease integrates with SynXis

    Triptease has announced that its Price Check widget now integrates with Sabre’s SynXis booking engine. The news continues a busy year for Triptease, which raised USD2m in seed funding in March and launched Price Check, a feature which shows live prices from across the web on hotels’ websites. Alexandra Zubko, head of business development, Triptease, [...]
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    AHLA makes scam site warning

    The American Hotel & Lodging Association has called on legislators in the US to take action on fraudulent hotel booking sites. The organisation estimated that bogus sites were costing US travellers more than USD220m every year, with an estimated 2.5 million bookings affected. The AHLA said that the problem typically affected hotels’ own sites, rather [...]
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    United rewards hacker bug hunters

    United Airlines has announced a ‘bug bounty programme’ that will see it reward “independent researchers” with air miles for finding bugs in its software. The company said that the programme, which it claims is the first in the industry, would “further bolster its security”, a desirable state in a market constant under attack from hackers. [...]