Issue 28: 3rd September 2013

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    Tripadvisor launches news service

    Tripadvisor has launched Tripadvisor Insights, a “daily source for news, tips, the latest trends, industry research and statistics, and valuable information about TripAdvisor”. The move is the latest in a stream of innovations from Tripadvisor, which has broadened its scope significantly since its inception as a user review site. Alison Copus, vice president marketing, TripAdvisor [...]
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    Orbitz’s hotel strategy bears fruit

    Orbitz Worldwide saw its profits driven higher by a rise in room sales and raised its revenue forecasts as a result. The company, which has been trying to move towards increasing revenue from hotels and away from its more predominant less-profitable airline sales, has also been investing in mobile technology. Barney Harford, president and CEO [...]
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    eLong launches USD100m mobile fund

    eLong has announced a USD100m ‘innovation’ fund establish “to promote mobile travel products and service”. The move is the latest in a series of strategic decisions by the company designed to help it grow its share of the online hotel market in China, as it focuses on hotels in contrast to generalised online travel agencies [...]
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    Booking.com sees influence swell

    Odigeo, the online travel group which includes Opodo, Go Voyages and eDreams, is reported to have affiliated with Booking.com for its hotel product. The news has raised the issue of Booking.com’s dominance, which has been growing over the years, albeit under the media’s radar, as parent Priceline seeks a strong and stable base in Europe. [...]
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    Expedia, Travelocity buddy up

    Expedia and Travelocity have announced a strategic marketing agreement which will see the two “mortal enemies” come together. The deal means that Travelocity will effectively become a distribution channel for Expedia’s inventory, at a time when the online travel agencies are ever-more competitive. Under the terms of the agreement, Expedia will power the technology platforms [...]