Issue 36: 28th October 2013

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    Oyster swallowed whole

    TripAdvisor has acquired Oyster, a hotel review website site featuring expert reviews and photos covering about 150 cities, for an undisclosed fee. The deal is the latest in a run of acquisitions for TripAdvisor and will add a layer of professional reviews to its traditionally amateur listings. Steve Kaufer, co-founder and CEO TripAdvisor, said: “Oyster [...]
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    DMOs sign up with Booking.com

    NYC & Company and the San Francisco Travel Association have both announced partnerships with Booking.com as their official hotel booking engine. The move narrows the gap between tourism boards and hotels, providing easy access for visitors and another point of sale for rooms. For the two destination marketing organisations, the integration will feature full Booking.com [...]
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    Macdonald offers free wifi

    Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has announced a GBP1m investment to offer its customers free Wi-Fi. The group has signed a deal with The Cloud to provide the technology, as part of efforts to appeal to the business traveller, as consumers increasingly search for free Wi-Fi as a prerequisite to selecting a hotel. The company said [...]
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    Ctrip dominates China

    Ctrip now controls between 30% and 40% of China’s international travel market, far ahead of its nearest rival, according to new data released this week. The company, which recently announced an alliance with former rival Qunar, is now expected to expand beyond its domestic market potentially taking on the established global OTAs . Data from [...]
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    Travel agents not dead

    Contrary to public perception, the internet has driven an increase, rather than a fall, in business to traditional travel agents, according to a new survey. The study found that agents were able to access a greater range of information than ever before, allowing them to offer a specialised service that was particularly attractive to younger [...]