Issue 31: 18th May 2012

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    Priceline looks east to grow newer brands

    Online travel booking service Priceline is looking to emerging markets for its growth, with subsidiary brands Booking.com and Agoda.com gaining traction. And the move looks to be taking the company further away from the chains, towards a wider spread of independent hotels, as the new sites build business outside mature markets. Priceline saw growth rates [...]
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    New service ranks reviews

    Consultancy company Hotel Compete has launched a new service that grades online reviews, helping hotels to match like with like, in order to better understand guest feedback. The Guest Review Rankings Report will be delivered to subscribers bi-weekly. It is an attempt to overcome the credibility gap that has opened up for sites like TripAdvisor [...]
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    Sabre plans innovations

    Sabre Hospitality is developing an all-in-one online management platform for the hotel sector. The cloud-based system aims to draw together property management, central reservations, revenue and procurement within a single dashboard. A new customer portal has been promised, giving all customers online access to the suite of services. “It will be cloud-based, that’s why we [...]
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    Room Key adds new partners

    Room Key, the online sales initiative launched by six leading hotel brand owners, has officially opened following its beta phase, and promised more inventory following deals with new partners. And, in a move that seems to go contrary to its ‘beat the OTAs’ motivation, the company has also taken the rather unusual step of agreeing [...]
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    Hotrec challenges OTAs

    European hotel lobby group Hotrec has published an updated list of guidelines to which it expects online distribution partners to adhere. Hotrec members remain concerned that some OTAs are using business tactics that are inherently unfair and imbalanced, particularly in the case of the smaller operators in Europe’s fragmented hotel industry. Hotrec agreed at its [...]