Issue 9: 9 March 2015

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    Accor attacks OTAs in France

    Accor has complained about the dominance of the online travel agencies to the French competition authority. The company has joined the French hoteliers’ union, UMIH, and the National Association of hotel chains in denouncing the growing role of the OTAs. Vivek Badrinath, Accor’s deputy CEO, told Hotel Analyst Distribution & Technology: “It is a market [...]
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    CMA eyes reviews

    The Competition and Markets Authority has launched a call for information about online reviews and endorsements. The CMA said that it was aware of “a number of potential concerns about the trustworthiness or impartiality of information” in some reviews and endorsements that are being provided to consumers. The CMA is seeking views on how information [...]
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    Triptease raises USD2m

    Triptease has closed a seed investment round worth USD2m, with joint participation from venture capital firms Episode 1 Ventures and Notion Capital. The announcement came as the group tested Price Check, a feature which shows live prices from across the web on hotels’ websites and, Triptease said, “is restoring trust in the direct channel and [...]
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    Meliá Hotels backs GDS

    Meliá Hotels International has introduced MeliáPro-Training, a software programme designed to help travel agents learn about the Meliá brand. The tool provides a multimedia learning library with information about the company’s seven brands and offers tips on how to improve sales and how to select the best Meliá hotel for a client. The move illustrates [...]
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    TUI closes AsiaRooms

    TUI Group is reported to have decided to close its AsiaRooms online travel brand. The move is the first closure for the enlarged group, formed through the merger of TUI Travel and TUI AG at the end of last year. Once closed, users will be redirected to the group’s LateRooms brand. The company said: “In [...]