Issue 32: 14th September 2015

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    Hilton sharing with Uber

    Hilton Worldwide has become the latest global hotel operator to sign an agreement with ride-sharing platform Uber. The deal means that members of the group’s loyalty programme will be able to set up reminders to book a car, as well as offering local information, through the Hilton Honours app. “By partnering with Uber, a leading [...]
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    Priceline serves up extra deal

    The Priceline Group has bought an Australian restaurant reservations company, contradicting comments made earlier this year by its CEO that it was done doing deals. The company said that AS Digital would allow it to expand its global digital restaurant reservation booking business, following the acquisition of OpenTable in 2014. The deal comes in a [...]
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    Airbnb joined at the wrist with guests

    Airbnb has launched an app for the Apple Watch that allows guests and hosts to communicate with each other during the stay. The app, which also lets hosts accept bookings, joins several from the hotel operators, but is the first to allow direct communication between host and guest. In a blog on the group’s website, [...]
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    Expedia offers extras

    Expedia Inc. has signed a deal with American Airlines Group which will see it offer features such as extra legroom on the carrier’s flights. The agreement has sparked speculation as to whether hotels will follow suit and offer additional options for sale through the online travel agents. The agreement between American Airlines Group and Expedia [...]
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    Marriott’s ‘journey beyond’ scam sites

    Marriott International has announced that it is changing its websites to end with .marriott instead of .com, in an attempt to defeat scam websites. The announcement came as the American Hotel & Lodging Association called on legislators in the US to take action on fraudulent hotel booking sites. At Marriott International, the company is taking [...]