Issue 29: 25th August 2014

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    Foursquare to fix local search

    Foursquare has launched “the all-new Foursquare” which it says will “learn” what users like and “lead” it to places they will love. The company announced earlier this year that it would be splitting into two apps; one which would include the check-in function and one which would include reviews, having declared in a blog “local [...]
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    Expedia, Orbitz, see domestic boost

    Expedia and Orbitz Worldwide both reported strong second quarter figures, aided by increased spending on hotel bookings in the US. The online travel agents said that they would continue to pursue international growth and were both increasingly looking to their loyalty programmes to drive hotel bookings. At Expedia, the company benefited from its strategic marketing [...]
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    Sabre closing in on Lastminute sale

    Sabre is reported to have appointed Houlihan Lokey to oversee an auction of Lastminute.com. The sale of the brand, which has been long mooted, is expected to be for a figure significantly below the GBP577m the company paid in 2005. Sky News has reported that Sabre has begun sounding out potential buyers. Sabre responded: “We [...]
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    Operators make mobile move

    Hilton Worldwide has laid claim to being the first hospitality company to enable room selection and customisation via mobile and web-based floor plans, for its loyalty programme members. The news was followed by an announcement from Marriott International that it was extending its own mobile check in and out service to reach 4,000 hotels by [...]
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    Priceline makes Ctrip a ‘cousin’

    The Priceline Group announced a USD500m investment in leading Chinese OTA Ctrip, extending its existing agreement to increase the cross-promotion of each others’ inventories. The deal was the latest in a busy few months for Priceline, which is seeing the fruits of its expansion, reporting a 26% rise in second quarter revenues. Under the terms [...]