Latest HA D&T Perspective

Priceline, Expedia drive auto deals

Priceline Group and Expedia have both bolstered their product offerings in the car rental sector.

The deal comes after Priceline’s acquisition of OpenTable, illustrating the increased drive by online travel agents to diversify as the sector matures.

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JacTravel sold as PE eyes sector

JacTravel, the UK-based B2B wholesaler and inbound operator, has been acquired by private equity group Vitruvian Partners for USD135m.

Virtruvian is the latest private equity group to enter the sector, where recent investments have lead to the high-profile valuations of companies such as Uber and Airbnb.

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HotelTonight moots keyless entry

HotelTonight is reported to be working on adding keyless entry and mobile check-in to its app.

If the online travel agent can persuade hotels to sign up, it will be the first OTA to offer such functionality, following in the wake of operators such as Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

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TrustYou builds with Big Data deal

TrustYou announced that it had acquired all the key members of the data team from US-based Travelshark.

The move is the latest attempt by TrustYou to build itself into “the perfect recommendation engine”, which most recently saw it launch a product alongside Sabre to allow agents to view hotels’ user generated rankings across all guest-review platforms.

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Accor continues loyalty push

Accor has announced plans to upgrade its loyalty programme, offering more points and greater flexibility in their use.

Le Club Accorhotels is one of the group’s key focus points as it battles with online travel agents for direct bookings.

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