Issue 3: 22nd January 2014

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    LateRooms ups commission

    LateRooms, part of TUI Travel, is reported to have increased hotel commission rates from 15% to 17%. The group is said to have attributed the rise to the need to make “digital improvements” to its site. LateRoom’s decision is unlikely to go down well with hotels, echoing the threat of the boycott that HRS faced [...]
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    Travelzoo faces mobile fight

    Travelzoo has appointed former eBay executive, Eddie Garcia, as SVP of product development. A key component of Garcia's role will be to monetise search on the brand’s mobile platform, which, it said, currently lagged behind the results seen from desktop. The appointment comes after a year of declines in Travelzoo's search revenues, which, the group [...]
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    Marriott inspires meetings

    Marriott International is trialing a meeting planning website which allows customers to collaborate with hotels as well as sharing the process on social media sites. The product illustrates the company’s efforts to stay one step ahead of other global operators through technological innovation. Five Marriott hotels within the US will be testing the new Meetings [...]
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    The urge to merge

    The hotel sector can look forward to the merging of search and social in the planning and buying of travel services in the coming year, according to a blog from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. The blog’s author, Bill Carroll, forecast that the shift would lead to significant M&A activity in the search, meta-search [...]
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    Google’s ultimate PA

    Google is working towards creating the ultimate personal assistant, according to one of the company’s directors. If successful, the product will increase Google’s dominance in search, meaning that both hotels and online travel agents would be well-advised to build strong relationships with the company. Google engineering director Scott Huffman is reported to have told the [...]