Issue 3

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    Kayak delays IPO

    Travel meta-search Engine Kayak announced last week that it was planning to further delay its initial public offering until market conditions were more favourable. However the real reason behind this delay is more likely Google’s increased interest and activity in the sector, and Kayak’s move has raised speculation about the future (or rather lack there-of) [...]
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    Hotels act on data protection

    When you keep your doors permanently open and you don’t live in a mythologised version of the 1950s, you will find yourself suffering from thefts. For hotels, this is basically true of anything in the building which can’t be nailed down. Recently the industry has increasingly been faced with a new set of thieves – [...]
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    TripAdvisor tools-up for owners

    Following on from the launch of their Management Centre in August, TripAdvisor last week launched a new ‘widget centre’ to help hoteliers manage how their properties appear on its portfolio of website. The move comes after extensive campaigning from owners and operators to increase their voice on the reviews website, but it may be that [...]
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    Priceline takes bookings to the wire

    Priceline has launched a same-day booking service known as Priceline’s Tonight-Only Deals delivered through its iPhone App which will allow customers to access deep discounts up until moments before check-in. While the product offers hotels an opportunity for hotels to dispose of distressed inventory, it also threatens to further erode the relationship between customers and [...]