Issue 25: 6th July 2015

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    Sharing booms as operators invest

    Airbnb is reported to have finalised a USD1.5bn funding round, which values it at USD25.5bn. The news came as luxury sharing rival Onefinestay confirmed USD40m in funding, with Hyatt participating and the former CFO at InterContinental Hotels Group joining the company, as the sector comes of age. At Airbnb, the latest funding round is thought [...]
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    eDreams Odigeo looks to low-cost, mobile

    eDreams Odigeo has announced a six-point plan to revitalise its business, including increasing its focus on mobile, as well as focusing on lower-cost channels. The news came as the company reported its full-year figures, which saw CEO Dana Dunne comment that the group needed “to act differently”. Dunne said: “The industry is fast-evolving and challenging [...]
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    IHG experiments

    InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a number of mobile and digital pilots, which it hopes will help it develop “more meaningful relationships” with guests. The initiatives include mobile check in and check out, mobile room key and a feature which allows guests to view their hotel bill in real time on their mobile device. The [...]
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    TripAdvisor adds private feedback

    TripAdvisor announced an extension to its Review Express product, which will allow small and independent hotels to send private survey questions to guests. Unlike public reviews on the website, the results of the survey will only accessible by the owner and will have no impact on ranking or rating. Launched in May 2013, Review Express [...]
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    France raises Code concerns

    Objections are being raised in France to the rising number of online travel agencies which are claimed to be operating illegally in the country. Attention is currently focused on TravelBird which is accused of operating in the country without adhering to France’s Tourism Code. The company, which offers daily deals in the travel sector, was [...]