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What might a new approach by Google to the hotel industry look like?


Consider this: Google has invested in flight information provider ITA Software and hotel metasearch engine Room77.

One click travel by 2020 via devices not even invented

The year 2020 doesn’t seem that far away so findings in a Switchfly study on future travel trends make for an interesting read in terms of people’s expectations.

Expedia bid for Wotif takeover back on track

Panic over – an Australian regulator has decided that Expedia Inc’s proposed takeover of wotif.com won’t damage competition after all.

Startup Pitch: Sépage sees semantic as the answer

Milan Stankovic was frustrated that the semantic web was failing to break free from academia. Disparaging remarks from a Google director about the potential of the semantic web in the mainstream prompted him to take the plunge and found Sépage.

Sabre gets Peruvian Airlines, Travelport gets new board members, Vayant releases new edition of OneSearch, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for October 2014.

Watch out, Bangalore – THack is coming back!


THack is returning to Bangalore… Get ready to code away for the chance to win your share of US$10,000 (or more) in cash and other prizes.

Startup pitch: TourDigger is a new tours-and-activities marketplace


New Ottawa-based startup Tourdigger.com, a B2C aggregator of tours and activities in about a thousand cities worldwide, is off to a strong start.

Big Data is not the Messiah coming to save travel personalisation

Over the last year I’ve exposed myself to a lot of Big Data blogs, articles, conferences, webinars, technologies, chats over beers, and industry investments.

Marketing watch: Marriott’s Teleporters entertain and inspire newlyweds with virtual reality

Without a doubt, the emergence of virtual reality has been the hottest travel trend of 2014 - and yes, that statement is fraught with implications for an industry that makes money by physically moving people and providing actual real-time experiences.

Meta wins: Ongoing implications as bot scraping continues to be good business in travel

Deploying robot scripts to scrape content is nearly as old as the Internet itself – as the Web shifted from human-curated lists (think the original Yahoo), the infrastructure became reliant on automated scripts that robotically moved through the Internet to archive, map and organize the blossoming trove.

Dear 2015, seven wishes for the coming year from hotels


If you work in hospitality you will know that in this fragmented, complicated business things are changing faster than your best barista can make a cappuccino.

Tips for dramatically better email marketing


MARKETING: Any brand with half a brain cell will know that email marketing is still, despite the rise of social media, one of the most important and fruitful methods of communicative with customers.

TLearn WEBINAR – Five ways to delight travelers with personalization

An Infosys study found that eight out of ten consumers feel personalized marketing has influenced a purchase, so personalization should be top of mind for travel marketers.

Vayant releases new edition of OneSearch, Amadeus gets Air Asia India, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for October 2014.

LastRoom’s pivot: 5 travel startup truths learned the hard way


Mexico City-based LastRoom.com recently pivoted from courting leisure travelers as the “Latin American HotelTonight” to a business-to-business (B2B) model.

Skyscanner completes 2024 futurescape with focus on space travel

Metasearch site Skyscanner has released the final phase of its extended forecast of what travel will be like in 2024.

Lessons for travel – omni-channel shopping and the new digital consumer


Understanding the digital consumer from research outside of the travel industry is both relevant and timely.

CWT mobile bookings, HolidayIQ revamps, Clink Hostels, Edinburgh Airport Glass, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for September 2014.

Don’t sell me a suitcase after a trip, tap the moments that matter

Advertisers crafting contextual advertising campaigns based on literal keyword search-based actions or past guest actions are losing the war in what I’m calling “moments that matter”.

Expensify takes aim at Concur consolidation with free for contract offer


The mammoth Concur/SAP marriage marks enormous consolidation in the travel and expenses space, with many Concur customers set to become SAP clients in the near future.


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