Issue 33: 7th October 2013

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    Google Hotel Finder goes mobile

    Google’s Hotel Finder product has been redesigned to make it more mobile friendly, with cities around the world now searchable. The move is in keeping with the trend towards mobile and indicates Google’s growing interest in the hotel sector. The new layout is backed by what many suspect is a new algorithm, weighted, it appears [...]
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    Ryanair to ease the customer booking process

    Ryanair has confirmed a policy shift that will see its fares included for the first time on online travel agency sites. The company, which recently issued a profits warning, said that it wanted to make booking easier, as it took on rival Easyjet. The group did not specifically announce plans to work with the OTAs, [...]
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    High Street fights back

    TUI Travel has raised its full-year profits forecast after seeing a rise in direct and online sales. The company has been joined by Thomas Cook in seeking to drive traffic through their brand.com sites, with the two try to challenge the dominance of the online travel agents. At TUI Travel, the group said that it [...]
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    Yoghurt shop honey trap for fake reviews

    Nineteen companies have been fined by the New York attorney general for creating fake reviews for a fictional yoghurt shop. The fines show that the issue of fake reviews is no just longer just a matter for the websites which knowingly or unknowingly host them. That they should attract this attention underlines the ever-growing importance [...]
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    Social media linked to SEO

    Social media can drive better search engine rankings, according to a spate of recent studies. The reports came as Expedia’s chief commercial officer told a conference that social media did not drive transactions, as the debate over the commercial value of the networks continues. Expedia’s Dhiren Fonseca told the World Travel & Tourism Council Asia [...]