Issue 31: 7th September 2015

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    Hotels face tighter data protection

    Mandarin Oriental has reassured customers following a credit card breach in March that it found no evidence of misuse of credit card PINs, or any other personal guest data. The news came as the Federal Trade Commission in the US ruled that it could punish companies which fail to store data securely, meaning a case [...]
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    Qunar mobilises on mobile

    Qunar described itself as “the fastest-growing among the leading online transaction platforms in China” at its second quarter earnings call, with mobile a particular focus for the company. The results came as Uber complained that it had been barred from mobile messaging service WeChat, which has seen its payment platform rising in popularity in the [...]
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    Travelzoo makes Asia-Pacific return

    Travelzoo has bought back the Travelzoo Asia Pacific business it sold six years ago, for USD22.6m. The company said that the move would allow it to “tap into opportunities arising from the fast-growing number of Chinese outbound travellers”. Under the terms of the original deal Travelzoo retained the right to buy the unit – which [...]
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    Sharing faces Barcelona disruption

    Airbnb and other home rental sites are coming under pressure from Barcelona’s new mayor. Ada Colau is calling for the sharing economy platforms to ensure that homes join the region’s tourism register and is also asking for information on property owners. The mayor said that companies would be fined if they marketed apartments to tourists [...]
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    No more porn for Paris Hilton

    Hilton Worldwide has announced that it is taking porn off the menu of its in-room on-demand service. The company said that it was not “in keeping with our company’s vision and goals” but pointed out that customers’ devices would still be able to access such material through the hotels’ Wi-Fi. The news was welcomed by [...]