Issue 6: 16th February 2015

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    Expedia forecasts ‘deceleration’

    Expedia said that “bumps in the road” would always arise in the “highly competitive” online travel segment and expected “a deceleration in revenue growth” for 2015. The company saw a 10% fall in room revenue per night in the fourth-quarter as it tried to gain market share for its hotel business. Expedia, which has made [...]
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    eLong spends to grow

    eLong’s CEO told analysts at the group’s fourth-quarter earnings that it would increase investment to compete in China’s “hyper-competitive” online travel market. The group said that it had stabilised room night growth rate and would differentiate itself from its competitors by investing further in mobile. The company said that its key areas of investment would [...]
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    London to legalise Airbnb

    London residents are to be given the opportunity to rent their homes out on a short term basis, without paying for a council permit. The government has announced plans which it said would “help boost London tourism” and “reduce the number of houses lying empty”. Currently, under a law dating back to the days of [...]
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    White Lodging linked to second fraud hit

    White Lodging, a franchise management company with hotels across a number of brands, found itself once again at the centre of rumours concerning a number of suspected credit card breaches at food and beverage outlets. The sites thought to have been affected were the same as those hit by a similar breach in 2013, which [...]
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    Hotels plan mobile spend

    Hotels are planning to increase their investment in technology over 2015, lead by the mid-scale chains, according to a new US-based study. The most prominent spending will be on mobile, where 39.5% of respondents planning to prioritise customer-facing mobile solutions, at a time when the online travel agents are also investing in similar technology. The [...]