Issue 20: 2nd June 2014

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    Travelport to sell Orbitz stake

    Travelport has confirmed plans to sell part of its stake in Orbitz Worldwide to fund its business plan. The decision marks the latest move by a GDS to cut its exposure to the online travel agency market, the week after Sabre results recorded the hit it had taken by changing subsidiary Travelocity’s business model. Last [...]
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    Airbnb shares NY data

    Airbnb has reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General to provide requested host data on an anonymous basis. The result of the investigation is expected to set a template for other jurisdictions dealing with companies operating in the sharing economy. The compromise is the latest sign that Airbnb is willing to work with [...]
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    Italians investigate TripAdvisor, OTAs

    The Italian competition authority has launched an investigation into TripAdvisor after complaints from consumers as well as hoteliers. The body has also opened an investigation into Expedia and Booking.com over clauses with suppliers which the authority said could prevent competition, as the rate parity debate refuses to die down. The watchdog said: “The analysis centres [...]
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    UK consumers move to mobile

    The UK mobile market is outpacing that of the US in terms of mobile access prevalence and smartphone penetration, according to a study from Expedia and ComScore. The report found that usage was converting into sales, giving meaning to the investments being made by both the online travel agents and global hotel operators in the [...]
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    OTAs to up Google spend

    Digital advertising spending by the US travel industry will rise by 21.3% this year to USD4.15bn, according to a study by eMarketer. Driving this will be the online travel agencies, led by Priceline and Expedia, which will continue to focus on Google, making it unlikely that the search engine will jeopardise this income by moving [...]