Hotel Analyst Distribution and Technology Perspective newsletter

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    Issue 3: 26th January 2015

      Travelocity deal heralds year of M&A Expedia has acquired Travelocity from Sabre for USD280m in cash, as Expedia bolsters its brand stable in the face of increased competition. Rumours have also suggested a possible sale of Orbitz Worldwide, as forecasts of a busy year of M&A in the sector look likely to be fulfilled. [...]
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    Issue 2: 19th January 2015

      Ctrip continues overseas push Ctrip has taken a majority stake in UK-based low-cost aggregator Travelfusion, for an undisclosed fee. The deal is a latest in a series of international moves for the company, which is seeking to expand outside its domestic Chinese market. Read more Priceline strikes ahead with mobile Priceline is seeking [...]
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    Issue 1: 13th January 2015

    Booking.com to ‘abandon’ rate parity for OTAs Booking.com has told the European Commission that it will “abandon” the rate parity requirement between hotels and other OTAs. The news came as the Commission announced antitrust investigations by the French, Swedish and Italian competition authorities into parity clauses in contracts between Booking.com and hotels. Read more [...]
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    Issue 45: 15th December 2014

      Qunar takes mobile battle to Ctrip Qunar is to focus its business on the mobile market, having seen revenues from mobile rise from 15.4% of total revenues to 40.4% of total revenues over the past year. The company said it would continue to shift its model away from meta-search and towards direct selling, describing [...]
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    Issue 44: 8th December 2014

      Meliá makes digital push Spanish hotelier Meliá has announced plans to spend EUR100m on a digital project “to transform its online presence”. The company is aiming for a goal of 40% of sales through its own digital channels by 2017, particularly from members of its Melia Rewards loyalty programme. Read more Ctrip makes [...]
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    Issue 43: 2nd December 2014

    Instant Booking looks for OTA Tripadvisor is continuing to push its Instant Booking tool, following news of more independent hotels signing up with comments calling for greater OTA participation. The company said that Instant Booking was evolving rapidly and was likely to become more attractive to OTAs. Read more Amazon mooted for travel extension [...]
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    Issue 42: November 24 2014

    Sabre looks ahead without Lastminute Sabre Corporation has confirmed that it sees its future without Lastminute.com. The comments came during the group’s third-quarter results, at which it expected Travelocity’s relationship with Expedia to cost revenues, but increase profitability. Read more Hotels losing brand ads to OTAs Hotels could be losing bookings to OTAs taking [...]
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    Issue 41: 17th November 2014

    Travel hacked off Customers of Booking.com and Hilton Worldwide are reported to have been the victims of hackers. At a time when products such as Apple Pay mean that consumer focus on online security is increasing, the hospitality sector has once again shown that it remains vulnerable. Read more HotelTonight bolsters team HotelTonight has [...]
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    Issue 40: 11th November 2014

    Alibaba takes on Ctrip Alibaba Group has announced that its online travel business, Taobao Travel will become an independent business and brand under the name Alitrip. The company, which recently enjoyed a successful IPO in the US, said that it hoped to “elevate the online travel sector to a higher level”. Read more Marriott [...]
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    Issue 39: 3rd November 2014

      Accor seeks digital differentiation Digital will be the key differentiator in the hotel industry in the years ahead, said Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin at a presentation in London. Dressed in jeans and barefoot, Bazin said: “We are experiencing a pivotal moment in the history and use of technology.” Read more Yelp adds hotels [...]