Issue 45: 21st December 2015

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    Expedia to go Amazon

    Expedia told delegates at its annual partner conference in Las Vegas that it had started testing a more Amazon-style shopping experience. The company, which has spent much of this year participating in the sector’s M&A frenzy, said that it was planning on changing the structure of its site to focus on the consumer. Aman Bhutani, [...]
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    Tripadvisor to follow Airbnb

    Tripadvisor will charge travellers a fee when they book holiday rentals, following the lead of Airbnb and, most recently, HomeAway. Last month saw the group miss earnings expectations as it admitted its move to being a booking engine was “still in the early days”. As the fee is raised for consumers, it is lowered for [...]
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    TUI ponders Hotelbeds sale

    TUI Group used its full-year results announcement to confirm that it was conducting a strategic review of its B2B wholesaler, Hotelbeds, The company has been rationalising its holdings since last year’s merger of TUI Travel and TUI AG and in October sold B2C brand LateRooms for GBP8.5m to luxury travel company Cox & Kings Group. [...]
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    Airbnb quits affiliates

    Airbnb is reported to be preparing to end its affiliate programme involving around 100 websites. The news came as the company confirmed that it had raised USD1.5bn in private equity funding earlier this year. The group is yet to confirm the move to close the affiliate programme, which is not expected to change its relationship [...]
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    Small Luxury loyalty scheme

    Small Luxury Hotels of the World has announced new loyalty scheme and a travel agent recognition programme to go with its new CEO. The move came as the group launched a new strategy to both expand and improve the quality of its estate, as competition for owners continues to grow. The group said that 2016 [...]