Issue 5: 9th February 2015

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    Airbnb faces price pressure

    Peer-to-peer networking, by the likes of Airbnb, will “grow and grow”, delegates at last week’s Hotel Alternatives conference in London heard. Although it was felt that Airbnb would not be regulated away, it was seen as likely that it would find it increasingly difficult to compete on price. Séverine Obertelli, Maxxton sales & marketing manager, [...]
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    Sabre backs USD500m buy

    Sabre Corporation has confirmed in a regulatory filing that it plans to make a USD500m acquisition in the next two months. The company has made a number of disposals over the past year, most-recently selling Travelocity for USD280m, allowing it to build up a convincing war chest. Sabre said that it was “possible” that we [...]
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    Marriott trialling Netflix

    Marriott International is testing a TV service that allows its guests to access streaming content from their own content providers, including Netflix. The company is thought to be considering a number of ways to drive revenue through the move, including charging a fee. Marriott confirmed to Bloomberg that it was letting guests at eight of [...]
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    Last-minute stand

    HotelTonight has announced plans to offer location-specific offers, which the company said would help hotels be more specific when pricing rooms. The news came shortly after Booking.com and Expedia launched new last-minute products, as competition in the category becomes more intense. HotelTonight launched two new products: Rate Drop and Bonus Rate. The former will see [...]
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    Travel companies too social on Facebook

    Brands across the travel sector, from online travel agents, to global operators and individual hotels are failing to utilise social media properly, according to a study by Deloitte. The report found that companies were taking a social, rather than a business, attitude towards the platforms and needed to treat them with the same rigour they [...]