Issue 44: 14th December 2015

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    Google angers Tripadvisor, Yelp

    Tripadvisor and Yelp has accused Google of deliberately favouring its own results over the social sites. Google claimed that the distorted results were as a result of a flaw in its code, to which Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer accused the search engine of being “deceptive and anti-consumer”. Yelp and Tripadvisor are no strangers to complaining [...]
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    Ryanair to see eDreams in court

    Ryanair has attacked claims made by eDreams that Ryanair was preventing online travel agencies from providing consumers with the lowest fares. The budget carrier said that it would continue with legal proceedings launched against eDreams and Google in the Irish High Courts. Ryanair confirmed that it has a number of agreements in place with OTAs [...]
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    Doubletree – for a price

    Hilton Worldwide’s DoubleTree by Hilton brand is rolling out a new premium room concept called the ‘Little Extras Upgrade’, for a fee. The company will include faster Wi-Fi and goes against the recent trend of using extras as method of driving loyalty programme membership, with the offer open even to guests who book through an [...]
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    UK ‘global leader’ in sharing

    Airbnb has hailed the UK government as a “global leader” in the sharing economy, after releasing figures which claimed that the estimated annual economic impact of Airbnb in London was more than GBP1.3bn. The comments came as the competition authority in the UK attacked proposals by Transport for London to limit the scope of Uber [...]
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    Avoid social networks to score bookings

    Independent accommodation providers have been warned that focusing on social networks to drive business is time wasted. A study from Eviivo found that only 8% said they have booked a stay in a B&B because of its social media profile, with 44% of the 2,000 people surveyed instead checking review sites first. The company reported [...]