Issue 30: 31st August 2015

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    Expedia, Orbitz deal gets more time

    Expedia has extended the termination date for its USD1.3bn merger with Orbitz Worldwide by three months to 12 November. The company gave no reason for its decision, which came as the Department of Justice continued to review the deal, which has been attacked by a number of politicians and industry bodies. Under the terms of [...]
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    Marriott defends “disparaging” booking campaign

    Marriott International has protested that its media campaign pushing direct bookings was “to create awareness of direct channel benefits”. The comments came after accusations from travel agents in the US that the campaign was “not only disparaging to travel agents, but also misleading”. The American Society of Travel Agents said: “Suppliers have the right to [...]
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    OTAs line up against Lufthansa charge

    A group of eight online travel agents have joined the European Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators in attacking Lufthansa’s plans to charge for bookings made through indirect channels. The airline’s move was described as “manifestly illegal” and came as Lufthansa said that it would go ahead with the surcharge as planned on 1 [...]
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    Airbnb partners for China push

    Airbnb has announced two partners to help it move into the Chinese market, with co-founder & CEO Brian Chesky describing a need to be “prudent” in establishing itself in the country. The news came shortly after Tujia, Airbnb’s equivalent in China, raised USD300m in investment, taking its valuation to over USD1bn. In a blog, Chesky [...]
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    TUI undecided on sale

    TUI Group refused to confirm rumours that it was planning to sell its non-mainstream unit, which includes industry bedbank hotelbeds.com. The company emphasised that control over distribution “continues to be central to our marketing and sales strategy”, as it reported growth in online distribution. Co-CEO Peter Long said that the company was still considering the [...]