Issue 8: 3rd March 2015

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    Priceline distanced from consolidator Expedia

    Priceline Group president & CEO Darren Huston told analysts that the company had a “quite different” strategy to the consolidation recently seen at rival Expedia Inc. and was focused instead on “organic growth and acquisition”. Huston said that the company, which has made a number of purchases over the past year, would buy “premium winning [...]
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    IHG makes rate push with OTAs

    InterContinental Hotels Group saw its share of bookings through online travel agents increase by two percentage points to 13% in 2014. The company attributed the rise to a focus on higher rate business and, looking forward, said that it would continue to look to drive bookings through its mobile app. For the year, the group [...]
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    Hyatt’s Wi-Fi free-for-all

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Whitbread brand Premier Inn are to offer Wi-Fi free to all guests, regardless of membership of a loyalty programme or other factor. The move illustrates that hotels may finally be starting to listen to the all too frequent surveys that describe access to free Wi-Fi as a point of differentiation for [...]
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    PriceMatch sees ‘year of expansion’

    Yield management specialist PriceMatch is reported to have raised EUR8m in second-round funding. The reports came after the group announced its acquisition of PowerYourRoom and said that 2015 would be “the year of PriceMatch’s international expansion”. PriceMatch, which was founded in 2012 in Paris, has over 700 hotel customers in more than 30 countries. Its [...]
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    Consumers now mobile

    Of the 156 million people in the US who engage with digital travel content, 90% of monthly travel visitors use their smartphone or tablet to do so, according to a study from Expedia Travel Solutions. Use is no longer restricted to planning, with the survey reporting that half of all US travellers plan to book [...]