Issue 25: 7th July 2014

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    Accor continues loyalty push

    Accor has announced plans to upgrade its loyalty programme, offering more points and greater flexibility in their use. Le Club Accorhotels is one of the group’s key focus points as it battles with online travel agents for direct bookings. From 1 July, the company said that it offered up to 25% more points, fast-tracking guests [...]
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    TrustYou builds with Big Data deal

    TrustYou announced that it had acquired all the key members of the data team from US-based Travelshark. The move is the latest attempt by TrustYou to build itself into “the perfect recommendation engine”, which most recently saw it launch a product alongside Sabre to allow agents to view hotels’ user generated rankings across all guest-review [...]
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    HotelTonight moots keyless entry

    HotelTonight is reported to be working on adding keyless entry and mobile check-in to its app. If the online travel agent can persuade hotels to sign up, it will be the first OTA to offer such functionality, following in the wake of operators such as Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. CEO Sam Shank [...]
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    JacTravel sold as PE eyes sector

    JacTravel, the UK-based B2B wholesaler and inbound operator, has been acquired by private equity group Vitruvian Partners for USD135m. Virtruvian is the latest private equity group to enter the sector, where recent investments have lead to the high-profile valuations of companies such as Uber and Airbnb. At JacTravel, the deal has seen the company passed [...]
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    Priceline, Expedia drive auto deals

    Priceline Group and Expedia have both bolstered their product offerings in the car rental sector. The deal comes after Priceline’s acquisition of OpenTable, illustrating the increased drive by online travel agents to diversify as the sector matures. At Priceline, the company has launched Fun Rides, a new rental car product in the US featuring luxury [...]