A scathing revelation about failed communications and a company that may be on the rocks financially. Airbnb cannot even engage in a decent conversation with the media, potential partners, or even award winning Airbnb hosts. What is up with Airbnb?
We hear so much about how tourism, hospitality, and especially hotels will ride the wave of Big Data into a revenue sunset. But underneath the hyperbole, there is a certain reality, the realization that sustainable businesses simply must emerge. It is also true that companies that provide the most stunning technological advancements in this field, cannot thrive unless their clients do.
Coming up in the Baelerics tomorrow, THack Mallorca is a hackathon dedicated to hospitality solutions. THack Mallorca is FREE for professional and student developers and offers the chance for teams of up to five developers to win their share of at least €5,000 in cash and other prizes.
OpenKey has just released its new mobile app Version 3.0, which is a further enhancement for hotels guests to get key amenities.
Airbnb announced recently collaborations with a number of tech companies, in order to boost the company’s business conversions. API tests last year with the likes of Live Rez, BookingPal, Kigo and LeisureLink, as well as other connections, promise Airbnb hosts a billboard to reach even more guests. Tech connectedness is certainly Airbnb’s forte, as is the shared economy, but there’s some trouble brewing too. Here’s a look at what’s up with travel’s most forward thinking company this month.
Next month, analytics startup SnapShot GmbH will team up with the University of Surrey School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, to provide a 2 day course on hotel revenue management. According to the news, the new offering will focus on pricing, marketing and distribution for hotel businesses.
In hotel technology news this week, analytics startup SnapShot is touring European cities demonstrating its new flagship product to hotel execs. Yesterday, company CEO Stefan Tweraser was in Vienna at Hotel Melia showing off the free cloud-based data analytics tool.
Comanche International, a leading Thai property management player, and cloud based revenue booster TravelClick are now interconnected via two-way integration of TravelClick’s iHotelier reservations solution into Comanche’s property management system (PMS).
Marketing data company Adara has just released “traveler value score”, a tool that estimates an anonymous subject’s customer’s capacity to spend on travel and lodging. The news tool can help hoteliers pitch rooms and services more precisely, thereby elevating or optimizing revenues, according to the company. While the potential for filtering spending potential seems fantastic, there may be some stumbling blocks.
Yesterday I wrote a short post on LinkedIn “Pulse” with my view on Expedia’s new “Accelerator” marketplace. The experiment where hoteliers get to bid for the hotels’ visibility on the OTA, it resembles a carnival act for me. At least one comment on my LinkedIn, suggesting I was a mean spirited ranter because of my […]
Oktogo, a Russian startup company we covered a good many times, has secured an additional $2 million in funding from MCI Management private equity.
For a few years now digital experts have discussed the importance of “personalization”, the so-called “guest experience.” While the concept is not a new one, like so many marketing or “buzz” terms, the reality of providing real customer value is often lost in the shuffle. Is Big Data really so useful? Can your business leverage […]