Issue 32: 30th September 2013

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    Expedia says ETP boosts bookings

    Expedia has claimed that hotels in the US which have taken part in their Expedia Traveler Preference programme, which allows consumers to pay at check-out rather than at the time of booking, have seen bookings increase by 10%. The group reported that customers were equally split on whether to pay for their hotel direct or [...]
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    Cash-rich Priceline to dominate

    Priceline has seen its share price pass the USD1,000 mark, strengthening its position as competition between it and the other online travel agents increases. The news came after Orbitz, which has warned over the impact of high unemployment in recent months, announced a deal with Jetset Travelworld Group to develop an online brand in Australia. [...]
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    Consolidation in late booking market

    Spain’s Hot Hotels has acquired local competitor ReallyLateBooking for an undisclosed fee. The deal is the latest development in the last minute market, indicating the growing role of the late booking sector in hotel distribution. Hot Hotels claims that customers can “Book in less than 10 seconds and get up to 50% of savings”. ReallyLateBooking [...]
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    French speak out on rate parity

    France's Commission d'Examen des Pratiques Commerciales has described rate parity across electronic distribution channels as improper. The commission has called for the country’s government to legislate to make rate parity illegal, another demand in a series of legal moves by hotels around Europe. The board decided unanimously, with three abstentions, “the non-compliance, inequality and illegality [...]
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    Operators optimistic at HDE

    Hotel operators were confident that they could compete with online travel agents, delegates at the inaugural Hotel Distribution Event in London learned last week. The conference saw operators forecast an end to rate parity, either by consent or legislation and talked of efforts to build a relationship with the consumer which would eclipse the OTAs. [...]