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In a first, Expedia promotes a hotel’s loyalty rates and rewards program

Expedia, Inc., is the first online travel intermediary to begin displaying a hotel chain’s discounted loyalty rates next to standard rates.

StayNTouch touts its mobile hotel tech integration at MGM’s Aria Las Vegas

One of the big hotel industry themes lately has been the transition from server-based property management systems (which are not designed for touch and tablet devices) to ones that are cloud-based, mobile-first, and include guest self-service or messaging capabilities.

OneFineStay enlists Accor expertise to boost expansion

Upmarket property rental brand OneFineStay is accelerating its global ambitions, thanks to its recent acquisition by global hotel chain Accor.

Reservations.com insures with Allianz, Pokemon Go filters on Agoda, and more…

This is a roundup for product news and announcements for travel MARKETING in tourism and hospitality for August 2016.

A few numbers on online travel fraud


Online fraud prevention specialist Riskified has pulled together some of its data to provide a picture of where and how fraud is most likely to occur.

FlightGlobal acquires FlightStats and Diio

FlightGlobal, a media brand at Reed Business Information, has acquired Diio, a provider of airline market intelligence tools, and FlightStats, a flight data services firm.

KLM wants flight transparency, adds reviews and ratings to search results


Netherlands-based airline KLM reckons it can enhance its relationship with passengers and improve customer service with the introduction of a reviews system.

Direct hotel booking battle – a potted history [INFOGRAPHIC]


The seeds of the current face-off between hotels and intermediaries go back to the mid-1990s, when online travel agencies first arrived on the scene.

GoIbibo drives with GoCars, Gogo sells via Sabre Red, and more…

This is a roundup for product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for August 2016.

Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Wotif quietly add natural language search to their homepages


Last month, Expedia Inc quietly rolled out natural-language search to its platforms. The “Search Anything” feature has been added as a tab to the homepages of most of its English-language platform sites for the Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Wotif brands.

Chinese airlines aim to improve their international websites and apps

Chinese airlines are slowly improving their foreign websites’ and apps’ content and e-commerce capabilities, as the carriers expand globally.

Some travel search queries are now almost exclusively on mobile devices

The vast majority of searches for travel-related terms such as “5-star” and “best time to visit” are now beginning on a mobile or tablet device.

Travolutionary signs TBO, BookLogic wins Sunis, Hahn Air signs Vietjet, and more…

This is a roundup for product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for August 2016.

Travel tech CEO allegedly fell for a Euro 1.5 million scam before his fatal flight

In the days in July before his chartered plane crashed in Slovenia, Thomas Wagner, founder of Germany’s largest homegrown seller of package tours, was conned out of Euro 1.5 million, say investigators.

Startup pitch: Zipskee looks to connect travellers with locals

Zipskee has been set up as a platform to bring travellers and locals together. It is seeking to help all travellers have a friend who can show them the best spots while on a trip and hopefully make for a different but richer experience.

Travello secures funding for solo travellers app

Travello, a mobile application that aims to help travellers hook up prior to a trip, has raised almost $1 million in funding.

Hotelchamp takes direct action with Euro 1.75 capital-raise

Hotel web and marketing kit provider Hotelchamp has secured a Euro 1.75 million investment round. The Netherlands-based company, which launched officially in June this year (TLabs here), has raised the money from angel investors (including three unnamed figures from the hotel sector), its founders and Investion Venture Capital.

CWT ex-boss heads to Amex, Sabre installs an Amadeus exec, and more…

This is a roundup for product news and announcements for travel PEOPLE MOVES in tourism and hospitality for August 2016.

Travel tech CEO allegedly fell for a Euro 1.5 million scam before his fatal flight

In the days in July before his chartered plane crashed in Slovenia, Thomas Wagner, founder of Germany’s largest homegrown seller of package tours, was conned out of Euro 1.5 million, say investigators.

WebJet ramps up European B2B with £21 million Thomas Cook deal

Sunhotels, the European bedbank of Australia’s WebJet, is taking a big chunk of UK tour operator Thomas Cook‘s hotel contracting and supply business.


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