Issue 5

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    OTAs speak out against ATOL reforms

    The online travel agents’ juggernaut looks at risk of being slowed down as the UK government’s ATOL (Air Travel Organisers' Licence) reform plans come closer. The European Technology and Travel Services Association has written to transport secretary Philip Hammond to register “strong concerns” about the changes, in particular those which give consumers a two-day cooling-off [...]
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    Insurance gets social or social gets insurance?

    With celebrities insuring their hands, hair and who-knows-what to protect against loss of future earnings, there appears to be nothing for which the insurance sector will not offer a policy. The latest product gives hotels the chance to limit the financial fallout from negative PR by compensating for damage to reputation, including that spread virally [...]
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    eBay to keep bidding on hotels

    When it comes to looking for a bargain, most shoppers go no further than eBay. Designer shoes, cars, taxidermy squirrels, it is the ultimate cost conscious shopper’s paradise. However successfully selling two weeks of holiday paradise has to date eluded the group, which has pulled back from initial forays into the leisure travel market. Nevertheless [...]
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    German OTA market consolidates

    The sale of shares by the founders of Hotel.de to competitor HRS looks set to create a new major player in European hotel online distribution. The deal, in which HRS takes its stake of publicly traded Hotel.de to 64.6%, gives the two OTAs enormous influence over the German hotel market, despite promises that the two [...]
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    Booking.com increases hold on European hotel distribution

    Booking.com now accounts for 50% of online reservations in Europe, according to a survey conducted by Susquehanna Financial Group. While the site owes its success to its reputation as a supplier friendly low-cost distribution channel for hotels, there are fears that its increasing dominance could result in it becoming far more demanding with its hotel [...]