Issue 9: 8th March 2013

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    Travel brands lag online

    Booking.com has been named as the most visible site in travel on Google paid-for search in the UK, according to a 12-month-long survey conducted by Searchmetrics. In terms of organic search, Tripadvisor was the only travel brand ranked, at 17 out of 20 with Wikipedia leading. The results illustrated the weight of brand building left [...]
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    OFT looks at meta-deals

    The Office of Fair Trading is investigating Expedia’s investment in Trivago and Kayak’s purchase by Priceline. There is no suggestion that the OFT’s move is anything other than routine, but it draws attention to the increased consolidation in the sector. The OFT said in its statement that it was looking into whether the deals would [...]
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    Amadeus banks on diversity

    Amadeus celebrated an “outstanding year all round” for 2012 and said that it would invest in growth areas such as hotels in 2013. The company has shown that splitting its business between GDS and IT solutions has enabled it to offset the impact of the downturn, with continuing global expansion pushing profits up. Revenues, helped [...]
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    Groupon discounted

    Groupon last week fired its founder and CEO Andrew Mason, after releasing disappointing earnings figures and warning that first-quarter revenue would be 10% shy of expectations. With rival LivingSocial failing to meet targets for 2012, the future of the deals market is again being called into question, despite ongoing enthusiasm from consumers for a bargain. [...]
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    Priceline continues overseas push

    Priceline said that it would continue to rapidly expand its Booking.com brand outside Europe, despite the new markets being less profitable in the short term. The group, which described international trading as resilient in 2012, will continue to focus on building its hotel business and its current strategy of building a leadership position in the [...]