Issue 33: 21st September 2015

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    Accor to charge 14% for distribution

    Accor Hotels has confirmed to this publication that it will charge independent hotels a commission of 14% to use its new distribution marketplace. The company said it expected to add 500 independent hotels to AccorHotels.com by the end of the year, en route to its target of 10,000 within two and a half years. Romain [...]
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    Marriott signs up to Alipay

    Marriott International has announced a deal with Alibaba Group, which will see Alipay rolled out to the group’s hotels. Alipay is currently China’s largest e-payments provider, handling over 120 million transactions daily, over half of which are on mobile devices. Marriott International said that it expected Alipay to become an important payment method for the [...]
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    Expedia, Priceline face Oz rate parity probe

    Expedia Inc, which has seen its merger with Orbitz Worldwide cleared by the Department of Justice, is now facing a possible investigation by the competition regulator in Australia. The Priceline Group is also being probed over rate parity clauses, with the regulator responding to concerns that the pair have been able to dictate terms to [...]
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    Hotels to review guests

    The Art Series Hotel Group in Australia has reported back on an experiment over the summer which saw its staff reviewing their guests. The Reverse Reviews programme rewarded the “perfect guest” with a free night, with guests cleaning their own rooms and buying gifts for staff in an attempt to curry favour. The company said: [...]
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    Qunar gets closer to Baidu

    Qunar has expanded its board and added three directors from majority shareholder Baidu. The company said that the move would strengthen the “strategic relationship” between the two as Qunar looks to achieve its goal “of becoming China’s number one travel platform”. Robin Yanhong Li, Qunar chairman, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Liang Zeng, [...]