Issue 36: 12th October 2015

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    Reviews mean higher rates

    Seventy-six per cent of travellers said they were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher review scores, according to a study from TrustYou. The report underlined the ongoing importance of reviews to hotel performance and the growing power of TripAdvisor, which now enables bookings. The study was done in cooperation with AccorHotels and [...]
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    ECJ declares Safe Habour invalid

    The European Court of Justice has suspended the current Safe Habour regime allowing consumer data to flow between the EU and US, ruling that it does not adequately protect personal information. The decision means that US companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook may have to change their approach to data protection to become more [...]
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    Ryanair eyes ‘Amazon for travel’

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said that the company had the opportunity to become an “Amazon for travel” in Europe. The comments were made ahead of the relaunch of the Ryanair website, as part of the group’s “digital transformation” which has included greater personalisation and a shift towards mobile. O’Leary told the Financial Times: “We now [...]
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    TUI launches ‘one brand’

    TUI Group has launched its international ‘One Brand’ campaign, which will see all its major European tour operator brands rebranded with the TUI master brand by 2017. The move is in line with its strategy unveiled earlier this year, which saw it announce “one power brand” under the TUI name, marking the end of the [...]
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    Secret Escapes buys Travista

    Secret Escapes has acquired German rival Travista for an undisclosed fee, seeing it add around 500,000 members. The move came after a funding round in July that saw Secret Escapes raise USD60m and add Google Ventures as a backer. The company acquired JustBook and Travelist in Germany and Poland respectively last year and said at [...]