Issue 6

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    Travelzoo making a good deal on deals

    Travel deal site Travelzoo last week reported better-than-expected quarterly results, with revenue up 40% to $38.7m. The company credited the increase to a 14% rise in subscriptions to its travel deals newsletter, as consumers continue search for bargains. However the group is now expanding its product offering, running the risk of losing the niche appeal [...]
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    Worldhotels agrees deal with TripAdvisor

    Last week saw Worldhotels announced that it will promote TripAdvisor's Business Listings Programme to its members. The scheme allows hotels to increase their exposure to TripAdvisor’s visitors by adding their direct contact information (telephone number, email and brand.com site address) to their TripAdvisor listing, as well as include special offers on high visibility pages, all [...]
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    Treating your house like a hotel

    After launching in the US, the peer-to-peer apartment rental market is coming to Europe, offering an alternative to hotels for consumers looking for value, rather than brands, when they are away from home. Taking on both hotels and serviced apartments, brands such as AirBnB  – which has expanded from the US – and HouseTrip are [...]
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    Independent OTA seeks to shake up market

    January 2012 will see the launch of Global Hotel Exchange, a new, independent, online travel agency which promises to offer cost-free distribution to hotels facing ever-rising fees and commissions. The OTA will instead charge the consumer a small booking fee, allowing hotels to pass on savings in the form of lower rates. While a simple [...]
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    Starwood embraces guest reviews

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to feature hotel reviews posted by loyalty club members on its brand.com websites. The move follows the inclusion of TripAdvisor reviews by competitors including Accor and Premier Inn. However, for Starwood, there is a particular challenge in persuading consumers that these reviews are credible and unbiased. Starwood told [...]