Issue 39: 18th November 2013

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    Upwardly mobile

    Orbitz Worldwide, Groupon and Ctrip reported differing fortunes at their recent third quarter results, with some in the ascendancy while others appeared over-the-hill. The three were unified in driving business through mobile channels, a trend that online travel groups have leapt on in the past year. Orbitz Worldwide saw its shares fall by 19.6% as [...]
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    Hotelbeds invests in expansion

    Hotelbeds said that it seeing 1.5 billion online accommodation searches per month through its website. The group expects to report a 20% increase in sales to EUR1.8bn for the full year, drive by growth in the Middle East and Asia. There are currently 60,000 hotels available through hotelbeds.com. Middle East and Asia Pacific remains the [...]
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    Pegasus regrets software focus

    Pegasus Solutions has added ‘The Hotel People’ to its marketing as its focuses on selling its technology to the sector. The company said that it had made a mistake by offering software alone and intended to reposition itself as a hospitality services delivery company. Chris Wichers, chief sales officer, said at WTM that he and [...]
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    Hotel Finder adds Wallet

    Google’s Hotel Finder, which is now available on mobile devices in more than 100 countries, has added a payment function. The product has integrated Google Wallet in the US, with plans to expand globally, including the option to pay hotels directly. The company said: “When you need a hotel or when wanderlust strikes, why wait [...]
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    Priceline promotes Huston to CEO

    Priceline has promoted Darren Huston, CEO of Booking.com, to president and CEO from the beginning of next year. Despite continued success, the new CEO has inherited a company looking cautiously ahead to the final quarter, in the light of pressure on margins and falling growth. Huston replaces Jeffrey Boyd, formerly chairman, CEO & president, who [...]