Issue 26: 14th July 2014

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    Endangered Hippo

    A UK-based hotel booking website has closed after an online security consultant identified a series of potential data leaks. Initially listed as being down for maintenance, HotelHippo.com was recently listed as ‘permanently closed’, while the UK's data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, investigates. Scott Helme, an information security consultant, uncovered the flaws while trying [...]
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    Uber to share London

    Transport for London has ruled that Uber can operate in the capital, despite protests from black cab drivers last month. The news was another boost for the sharing economy and came as Marriott International president & CEO Arne Sorenson described Airbnb as "a very interesting experiment," in a CBS News interview. Sorenson said that while [...]
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    Hotels and guests disagree over wifi

    Guests and hotels continue to clash over the perceived importance of Wi-Fi, according to a new survey. The study found that while 76% of venues were convinced that service and facilities were more important to customers than Wi-Fi, two third of business guests would not return to a hotel without adequate Wi-Fi coverage. The survey [...]
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    Booking hits 500,000 as HomeAway signs one million

    Booking.com has signed up its 500,000th property, as parent Priceline focuses on the brand to drive the group’s growth. The news came as HomeAway reached one million listings, which, combined with Sabre’s deal to add hotels from Expedia’s Affiliate Network, illustrated the growth of the online sector and the competition within it. Booking.com has seen [...]
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    Expedia committed to Asia Pacific

    Expedia has continue its recent acquisitions spree with a deal to acquire Australian booking site Wotif. The agreement came as the company reaffirmed its commitment to the Asia Pacific region, denying rumours that it was set to sell its stake in China-based online travel agent eLong. Expedia released a statement commenting that, although as a [...]