Issue 23: 23rd June 2014

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    Travelport buys Hotelzon

    Travelport has acquired Hotelzon, a B2B hotel distribution technology provider, for an undisclosed sum. The deal was in line with the group’s strategy of expanding its ‘Beyond Air’ business, which it outlined in its IPO document earlier this month. Travelport’s acquisition of Hotelzon follows other investments recently made as part of its “Beyond Air” strategy [...]
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    Priceline continues spending spree

    Priceline has continued along the acquisitions trail, adding HotelNinjas to OpenTable and Buuteeq. The deal came as Priceline CEO Darren Huston sent OpenTable employees a letter assuring them their new parent company was not “heavy handed”. HotelNinjas was acquired for an undisclosed fee two months ago, although the deal has only just come to light. [...]
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    Expedia to accept Bitcoin

    Expedia has announced plans to accept payments for hotel rooms in Bitcoins to give travellers “more choice and flexibility”. The move gives further legitimacy to the digital currency, which has also been adopted by smaller online travel sites Travel Keys and CheapAir. Michael Gulmann, VP, Expedia Global Product, said: "We're continually looking at ways consumers [...]
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    Hotelbeds to launch activities site

    Hotelbeds is to launch a mobile website to enable holidaymakers to book a wide range of resort activities online. The product is the first time the TUI-owned brand has sold direct to the customer, but the company has said that its objective was not to take business away from online travel agents and hoteliers. The [...]
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    TripAdvisor takes Instant mobile

    TripAdvisor has launched its Instant Booking feature for mobile, allowing users to book rooms from their phones without leaving the site. The move takes the company further towards the realm of the online travel agent, although it maintains that it is committed to the meta-search model. “TripAdvisor is launching the instant booking feature to remove [...]