Following extensive success with their brand membership platform overseas, the US’s fastest growing hotel chain, Magnuson Hotels, is launching a range of brand membership opportunities tailored for the UK hotel market.
The hotel industry is in a nightmare of dire concerns over a beleaguered hospitality market. Airbnb and the impact the so-called “sharing economy” is on every hotelier’s mind, and understandably. The industry is for all intents and purposes, lost in a forest like Little Red Riding Hood trying to figure how much business the Big Bad Wolf […]
When was the last time you really compared the prices you pay for hotels stays? If you are like most people, time is never on your side, and loyalty or brand awareness simply must play a role in your travel decision making processes. A Dutch startup a friend recommended, Bidroom addresses several problems caused by […]
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.
A story on Skift this morning bears the headline; “Airbnb’s Growth Doesn’t Scare Priceline at All”. A big picture of William Shatner set to duke it out is as funny, given Priceline should be scared, that is. If only Priceline’s Star Fleet had integrated Airbnb!
Priceline has just released its 2014 Tourist Report Card revealing the latest bits on “blending with the locals.” While most tourists think they blend in well with the people who play host to their travel excursions, the same cliche “touristy look” is still prevalent.
According to news from TUI, online bookings in the UK now account for over half of the legendary travel booker’s business. TUI
In another expansive move, Priceline Group, the largest online travel agent in the US, will invest $500 million in China’s biggest online travel entity Ctrip.
An injunction sought by low cost airline champion Ryanair has been granted against travel website eDreams. The online travel agency based in Barcelona, will be stopped from advertising that it offers the ‘guaranteed best price on all flights’ on its German website eDreams.de.
Priceline buying restaurant reservation website OpenTable for $2.6 billion shows the expansion of the hospitality space growing ever more competitive. It was only a matter of time until restaurants became a bigger part of the tourism mix. If ever there were an “all in one” travel company emerging, Priceline may have just bid Sayonara! to its competition.
Direct Rooms, a leading hybrid meta search entity for hotels, has just announced adding 10 additional languages to their service. According to the company they’re the first ever meta-search engine to offer rooms in Croatian.
adds digital gurus from around the social/digital web to their advisory board. According to news from TravelMole, hiring marketing guru Remo Masala from Kuoni set the tone for TC’s ongoing upramp into digital.
In a 2014 economy seemingly stagnated OTAs and other travel businesses are feeling some pain. This is not the case for Priceline Group, which just showed a 1st quarter earnings jump of some 36% on international bookings. However, this company’s gain is evidently Orbitz’s and other digital travel business loss. Are we seeing a “weeding out” of good travel entities versus bad ones?
News this weekend lastminute.com UK boss Mark Maddock had quit brought on rumors Sabre may be planning to sell the travel entity.