Issue 32: 26th May 2012

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    Wholesale market to grow

    Accommodation wholesalers are set to grow, according to comments from TUI Travel CEO Peter Long last week. Long said that the company’s Hotelbeds division would see the greatest future demand coming from Asia Pacific and Americas. There are also concerns amongst bed banks that the new Flight-Plus Atol regulations would put agents in a stronger [...]
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    HTNG updates interface standards

    Trade association Hotel Technology Next Generation has released a new set of standards which it says will enhance the sharing of customer profile data across hotel systems. HTNG said that IT organisations and vendors would now be able to focus their resources on capabilities that drove competitive advantage, rather than on basic functionality. In addition [...]
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    More last-minute app-tion

    Blink Booking, the last-minute upscale hotels app, has launched in the UK in time for the Olympics, taking it to eight European countries. The app capitalises on the shortening booking windows being seen by hotels and the growing use of mobile technology by consumers to book at what they feel will be the best rates. [...]
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    Accor, digital communicator

    Accor has continued to develop its digital strategy, using a website to communicate its overhaul of the Ibis brand to consumers and reorganising its divisions to monitor distribution. The reorganisation will allow Accor to more precisely define key performance indicators and better analyse the business. The moves are the latest in the group’s plan to [...]
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    Kayak IPO may be nixed by Facebook

    Rumours have grown over the past week that Kayak will move forward with its plans for an IPO, in the wake of Facebook’s flotation. As Facebook’s share price continues to tumble and Kayak faces increased competition from Google, the window of opportunity for a public listing is rapidly closing, unless the group can prove its [...]