Issue 39: 20th July 2012

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    Tomorrow Focus goes Dutch

    Germany-based company Tomorrow Focus has acquired a 51% stake in Webassets (operator of Zoover, the Netherland’s biggest hotel and holiday ratings portal, and the MeteoVista weather platform) for Eu21m. The move is the latest in a series of travel sector deals by the company as it ramps up the international expansion of its HolidayCheck brand, [...]
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    Foursquare joins drive for content

    Foursquare has added a number of features which will see it build on its check-in functionality by providing users with increased content. The move is in line with an increased focus on content in the travel sector, as brands seek to set themselves apart from their rivals. For Foursquare, the greatest challenge has so far [...]
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    Apple wins iTravel patent

    Apple has received a patent for what is expected to be its iTravel app in a move which is likely to see its competitors accelerate their own plans for the sector. The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent under the title “System and Method for Transportation Check-In”, with the patent describing a method [...]
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    Wikimedia moots travel launch

    The Wikimedia Foundation is considering launching its own travel guide, which could compete with Tripadvisor in terms of user-generated content. Wikimedia has yet to confirm what form that the site will take, although it is not expected to carry advertising, as with Wikipedia and, with verified entries, could also take on the likes of Lonely [...]
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    Ctrip ups ante in China

    Ctrip is reported to have set aside a USD500m marketing and promotional fund as it attempts to bolster its dominant market position in China. The company saw its market share fall by 10.5% last year to approximately 41% of the Chinese online travel market at the end of last year. Alongside closest rival, eLong, the [...]