Issue 28: 3rd August 2015

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    Instant success for Instant Booking

    Tripadvisor used its second-quarter results to announce the “amazing progress” of its Instant Booking product, which is now used by 235,000 properties. The company’s CEO confirmed that Hyatt had signed up to Instant Booking said it was now working with “six out of the top 10 global hotel brands” as it continued to offer an [...]
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    Airbnb bolsters business offering

    Airbnb has expanded its Business Travel programme with the launch of a new product suite aimed at making it easier to use for companies. Since the launch of its business offering a year ago, the company has been joined by Booking.com in eyeing up the corporate market, posing a growing threat to the branded hotel [...]
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    Priceline.com ups last-minute ante

    Priceline.com has enhanced and simplified its Tonight-Only Deals mobile booking platform and added over 1,000 more properties globally. The company has seen increased competition in the last-minute sphere this year, with Expedia’s launch of Sell Tonight taking on established player HotelTonight. The revised product sees users enter their location and length of stay and, in [...]
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    Amadeus nears hotel ‘vision’

    Amadeus has acquired Itesso, a provider of cloud-based property management systems, for an undisclosed fee. The deal gave some insight into the company’s new guest reservations system, which it is launching in partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group in 2017. Itesso also currently provides PMS technology to 1,800 properties worldwide.  Amadeus said that the bought it [...]
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    Google reworks Hotel Finder interface

    Google is rolling out a new user interface for Hotel Finder that will focus primarily on the quality of the hotel listed, placing less emphasis on price. The news came shortly after news that the company was testing an instant booking feature on its hotel search function, in partnership with Sabre. The new interface includes [...]