Issue 48: 19th October 2012

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    Travelzoo seeks hotel partner

    Travel deals website Travelzoo has warned the US markets that it will not meet its financial targets, and that it is on the hunt for a hotel bookings website to help buttress its business. The warning, two weeks ahead of a planned results announcement in the last week of October, pushed shares down a further [...]
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    Tripadvisor in court

    Tripadvisor is to face court action in the UK over its review policy, after the owner of a Scottish bed and breakfast won the right to sue the company in the Scottish courts. Richard Gollin, the owner of a Lewis guesthouse, launched a claim against the user review site after his business suffered as a [...]
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    Connectivity the key

    According to new research from Carlson Wagonlit Travel the two things business travellers fear most are lost luggage, and the lack of an adequate Internet connection. Their survey reveals that being out of touch is one of the key causes of stress while travelling – something hotels would do well to note. The company’s stress [...]
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    Marriott best of the online brands

    Marriott’s position as one of the leading online hotel brands has been underlined in a new survey ranking the visibility of hotel sites during August. Laterooms headed search visibility, ranking at position one for 38 different keywords, while lastminute.com achieved the top position against 13 search terms. While the OTAs battled it out for top [...]
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    Apple chooses HRS as first hotel partner for Passbook

    Apple has selected European hotel portal HRS as its launch hotel partner for the new Passbook app. By not picking one of the global players, the US computer giant has displayed a contrarian attitude. The app, which was delivered to all iPhone and iPod Touch users as part of the latest operating system upgrade, promises [...]