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Priceline makes Ctrip a ‘cousin’
The Priceline Group announced a USD500m investment in leading Chinese OTA Ctrip, extending its existing agreement to increase the cross-promotion of each others’ inventories.
The deal was the latest in a busy few months for Priceline, which is seeing the fruits of its expansion, reporting a 26% rise in second quarter revenues.
Operators make mobile move
Hilton Worldwide has laid claim to being the first hospitality company to enable room selection and customisation via mobile and web-based floor plans, for its loyalty programme members.
The news was followed by an announcement from Marriott International that it was extending its own mobile check in and out service to reach 4,000 hotels by the end of the year.
Sabre closing in on Lastminute sale
Sabre is reported to have appointed Houlihan Lokey to oversee an auction of Lastminute.com.
The sale of the brand, which has been long mooted, is expected to be for a figure significantly below the GBP577m the company paid in 2005.
Expedia, Orbitz, see domestic boost
Expedia and Orbitz Worldwide both reported strong second quarter figures, aided by increased spending on hotel bookings in the US.
The online travel agents said that they would continue to pursue international growth and were both increasingly looking to their loyalty programmes to drive hotel bookings.
Foursquare to fix local search
Foursquare has launched “the all-new Foursquare” which it says will “learn” what users like and “lead” it to places they will love.
The company announced earlier this year that it would be splitting into two apps; one which would include the check-in function and one which would include reviews, having declared in a blog “local search is fundamentally broken”.