Issue 38: 13th July 2012

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    Vancouver hotel offers free iPhone

    A Vancouver hotel is offering its customers something a little different in the realm of in-room technology, with a free iPhone. The Opus Hotel Vancouver’s iPhone is programmed with a one-touch button that connects you to all of the hotel's departments and includes free incoming and local calls. In addition, if you book your stay [...]
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    TravelAvenue pins hopes on content

    TravelAvenue has recently secured a round of funding which will enable it to continue to pursue its vision of social planning in the travel sector. The website, which seeks to combine social networking with the more traditional booking capacity of an online travel agent, is hoping that high quality content will set it apart from [...]
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    Advertisers out of sync with consumers

    Travel companies are not advertising at peak booking times, according to a study by Greenlight. The report found that weekdays, rather than weekends, drew the highest volume of travel-related queries. The pattern was repeated with keyword bidding strategies. Greenlight’s survey was dominated by the online travel agents, with results showing that, in May, Late Rooms [...]
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    Kayak paddles towards IPO

    Kayak has edged closer to a possible IPO after announcing that it has priced its shares between USD22 and USD25, and will begin trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “KYAK.” According to a filing with the SEC, the company, which has so far delayed the listing for more than 18 months, is planning [...]
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    Hotels don’t understand online retail

    Hotel’s don’t understand online retail, according to executives at Citizen M, which uses the Booking-dot-com website alongside its own brand.com website to sell rooms. The company drew attention to the “billboard effect” and the importance of being rated highly in searches on online travel agents when promoting its rooms. Lennert de Jong, the company’s director [...]