Issue 42: 23rd November 2015

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    Marriott’s China OTA push

    Marriott International has announced an agreement with China-based OTA Alitrip to list the company’s hotels. The deal came shortly before Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts, adding to its portfolio in the region. Two months ago Marriott International signed an agreement with Ant Financial Services Group, part of Alibaba Group, which also includes Alitrip. [...]
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    HotelTonight cuts staff

    HotelTonight has cut 20% of its workforce, with CEO Sam Shank describing it as “about making the best choice for the company in the long term”. The news came shortly before the company expanded its HT Aces concierge service to a number of cities, including London, Sydney and Montreal and added a a new feature [...]
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    Booking signs deal with Concur

    Booking.com has signed an agreement with expenses solution group Concur, further bolstering the OTA’s move into the business travel sector. The announcement was made as a study by HRS called on companies to cut costs by making expenses claims digital. The partnership will see Booking.com’s portfolio available in Concur Travel, allowing business travellers to book [...]
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    Airbnb signs Amex deal

    Airbnb has signed an agreement with American Express that will allow cardholders to use reward points to make bookings. The sharing platform has also added new features for hosts, including a revenue management product. The deal will American Express will also allow cardholders to use their Amex login to sign up and complete their profile. [...]
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    TripAdvisor’s optimisation warning

    TripAdvisor’s president & CEO, Steve Kaufer, has sent a letter to business owners warning them about companies who claim to be able to boost their rankings. Kaufer said that some optimisation groups claimed to have a direct relationship with TripAdvisor, while others had attempted to blackmail clients. Kaufer wrote: “Their practices are wholly contrary to [...]