Issue 45: 28th September 2012

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    Kayak immune to Google threat

    Despite previous fears, online flight and hotel meta-search site Kayak says Google’s moves into flight and hotel search is not a threat to its future success. In an interview with CNBC, Kayak founder Steve Hafner was asked about Google’s initiatives, and responded: “We haven’t seen any impact on our business.” “We’ve been competing with Google [...]
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    InterContinental rebuffs OFT charge

    IHG is preparing a robust defence against allegations of price fixing levelled at it by UK authorities and the US courts. The company has three months to respond to a dossier prepared by the Office of Fair Trading, alleging collusion with OTAs Expedia and Booking.com to manage discounts and minimum prices. Interviewed by UK newspaper [...]
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    Roomkey’s new milestone

    Hotel booking site Roomkey has revealed it is now receiving 14 million hits a month, as the company announced it is adding further inventory to the site with three new brand partners. The site is adding hotels from La Quinta, Millennium Hotels and The Leading Hotels of the World to the consumer offer. It was [...]
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    HotelMe shakes up reviews

    A new hotel review website, HotelMe, threatens to upset the world of hotel reviews, with a new platform that guarantees to authenticate the reviews posted. If successful, the project will answer a key complaint of existing review sites such as Tripadvisor. The company, which has the support of media giant USA Today, has attracted USD3m [...]
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    Kuoni kills off Octopus

    Travel company Kuoni has announced it will close or dispose of its online hotel platform Octopustravel, along with tour operations in several European countries.The B2C brand was acquired in 2011, as part of the GTA portfolio; as recently as last summer, Kuoni was quoted as saying it would retain Octopus “for the foreseeable future”. The [...]