Issue 38: 26th October 2015

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    Priceline joins ‘cannibalistic’ Instant Booking

    The Priceline Group is to add a number of its brands to TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking platform, with Booking.com first to participate. The move came despite Priceline’s CEO describing Instant Booking as “cannibalistic”, as TripAdvisor continued to attract operators to the platform, with Wyndham Hotels Group latest to sign up. At The Priceline Group, priceline.com and [...]
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    Amazon shutters Destinations

    Amazon has closed its Destinations product, less than six months after launch, commenting that it had “learned a lot”. Destinations was the company’s second attempt at launching a travel product following its Local offering, which focused on discounting. April saw the group launch Amazon Destinations, offering hotels in areas around LA, New York and Seattle, [...]
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    Airbnb raises host fees

    Airbnb is trialling using Google Ads to attract more guests, with host being charged additional fees should they receive a booking as a result. There will be a 12% to 15% charge for bookings via Google Ads, significantly higher than the 3% host fee previously charged. The company told hosts: “Airbnb is running online advertisements [...]
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    Travelbird reassures as jobs cut

    Deals site Travelbird has cut around 100 jobs at its Amsterdam headquarters as it pulls out of operations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Poland. The company said that it would continue to operate in 12 other countries as it moved out of the start-up phase to “scale up”. The group told the local press [...]
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    Millennials not so different

    Close to a third of Millennial travellers would still use travel agents when deciding upon a hotel, according to a study commissioned by Choice Hotels. The report also found that 61% of Millennials carried hand sanitiser when traveling, more than any other generation, reassuring those seeking to understand the latest traveller segment that they are [...]