Issue 30: 16th September 2013

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    Skyscanner looks to hotels

    Skyscanner has acquired Barcelona-based Fogg, integrating its meta-search function into its site by the end of the year. The group said bringing hotel search in-house was “a significant step” in its expansion plans, which will see it move into the Americas. Skyscanner’s current hotel product is supplied by meta-search firm HotelsCombined. Skyscanner said that the [...]
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    TripAdvisor offers fresh start

    TripAdvisor has updated its policy allowing owners to have poor reviews removed following renovations, or even brand changes. The move is part of TripAdvisor’s ongoing efforts to promote itself as a friend of the hotel sector, rather than a potential problem to be managed. The company added a review removal policy two years ago, but [...]
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    Oktogo joins Russian consolidation

    Russia-based online travel agency Oktogo has acquired Travel.ru, the reviews site, in a deal thought to be worth around USD2m. The deal indicates the maturing of the country’s online market, as consolidation increases and the domestic players jostle for position. The exact terms of the deal are unknown, but it is thought that stock options [...]
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    RoomKey attracts one million per day

    RoomKey, the online travel agent backed by a number of the sector’s hotel operators, has become the latest company to move to cloud-based technology. The news came as the site revealed that it received one million visitors a day, at a time when news about the brand had been scant. Speaking at the CloudBeat 2013 [...]
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    Week of deals for mobile booking apps

    HotelTonight has raised USD45m in its latest round of funding, taking it to a total of USD80.85 in three years. The company will use the money to invest further in its technology and expand internationally, at a time when the market for last-minute mobile-based bookings is growing. The deal was followed by an announcement from [...]