Issue 33: 1st June 2012

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    Stop, look and listen

    Hotels can no longer stick their heads in the sand when it comes to their online reputations, according to the latest study from Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology. In Hotel Review and Social Media Monitoring Tools, author Peter O’Connor calls on hotels to practice effective media monitoring and in this way participate in the conversations [...]
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    Power to the people

    Guestmob has launched in several cities in the US, offering 20% to 50% off rooms through the group buying model, taking advantage of bulk rates. Unlike opaque offerings such as those from Hotwire and Priceline, rooms booked via GuestMob are refundable and changeable and the customer knows which hotels they are booking before they confirm. [...]
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    Get a room

    Renting rooms by the hour is nothing new to the hotel sector, with Japan’s love hotels forming the basis of a lucrative industry. The UK launch of Dayuse Hotels, offering rooms for three to seven hours, at less than nightly rates, brings hotels from the luxury sector to the market in the UK, US and [...]
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    Meetings of minds

    Hotels in the UK will have a method of selling their event space online from September, with the launch of Hire Space. The company, which allows hotels, pubs and other venues with meeting or event space to rent to list their facilities for free, charges commission of up to 10% and provides a route to [...]
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    Russia’s OTAs mature

    Russia’s online travel agents are making the move towards packaging and away from flight-only sales, as the region’s online travel market matures. Russian OTA Amargo has announced plans to expand, as a study undertaken by rival Oktogo of travelling habits found that 81% of those surveyed in St Petersburg and Moscow would be prepared to [...]