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Wanda enters Chinese OTA sector with $500m+ LY.com investment

China’s online travel market continues to attract not only eye-watering levels of investment but also new entrants, with LY.com getting RMB3.2 billion ( $515 million) from Wanda Group.

Why startup accelerators need an overhaul

STARTUPS: Organisations that help fledgeling companies have been around for years, but the proliferation of tech-based business since the explosion of the web has created an entire ecosystem around startup accelerators.

Amadeus claims Lufthansa has lost the trust of the industry

Amadeus has slammed Lufthansa for its “aggressive and unilateral” decision to impose a tax on tickets sold via global distribution systems.

As tech and apps drive growth, time to argue the case for daytime hotel stays

With more than 673,000 hotel rooms available in the UK alone, is the hotel industry capitalising on all of its assets – namely the large numbers of rooms sitting idle during the day?

Sharing snaps online in jeopardy as EU considers copyright changes

In what seems a mad move, the EU is considering amending copyright laws which could make the online sharing of travel snaps and video footage illegal.

ClickTripz hires Europe MD, Hotelzon appoints ex-Amadeus exec for Italian job, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for people moves in tourism and hospitality for July 2015: Friday 3 July 2015: ClickTripz appoints European MD The travel advertising technology company, formed in 2010 in the US, has installed Damien Retureau to front the company’s expansion strategy around Europe. Retureau, who has previously worked for Housetrip, Orbitz and Kelkoo, will be joined by Dean Hunt as vice president of sales and marketing.

The state of online travel in Asia [INFOGRAPHIC]


eRevMax has produced an infographic highlighting what is sees as the most important factors impacting travel in Asia-Pacific.

OTA lobby report preceded US airline antitrust inquiry, House of Cards-style


Last month, before a US watchdog began an antitrust investigation against some airlines, the Travel Technology Association (TTA), a lobbying group, published a much-cited report on airline market power.

Amadeus claims Lufthansa has lost the trust of the industry

Amadeus has slammed Lufthansa for its “aggressive and unilateral” decision to impose a tax on tickets sold via global distribution systems.

How to make mobile travel booking six times faster

Online travel agency bookings have undergone a massive shift. For the first six months of 2014, over 40 percent of Americans booked travel reservations.

RoadTrippers brings its own collaborative trip planning tool to road trips

It must be the week of the travel planning — just as Hipmunk announced a trip planning feature, RoadTrippers is now offering groups a way to collaborative plan trips on its platform.

Startup pitch: HomeToGo ready to take vacation rental metasearch global

Today’s startup pitch comes to us from Berlin, where HomeToGo operates a metasearch engine for vacation rentals.

Sabre enhances Branded Fares, Cornerstone in data and mobile push, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for July 2015.

Why the heat is rising in the business travel world


If you’ve ever been stuck on London’s sweltering, airless underground in a heat wave, you will feel the pain of the capital’s commuters this week.

Ryanair axes car hire web agreement, Hertz unhappy over GDS distribution

Ignition keys at dawn! Ryanair and Hertz have had an almighty falling out – with the car hire giant terminating its web retailing partnership with immediate effect.

Imagine a world without the world wide web [VIDEO]

It is 1989. Tim (now Sir) Berners-Lee, whilst working at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, has an idea to create something called the world wide web.

Uber adds seven more cities in India

Uber has confirmed that it is expanding its operations in India, adding seven new cities to the 11 it already operates in.

Rakuten acquires Voyagin, an Asian tours and activities startup

Rakuten Travel, the online agency arm of Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten, has acquired majority ownership of Voyagin, a consumer-focused tours-and-activities startup headquartered in Singapore.

Amadeus acquires Navitaire, an airline hosting firm, for $830M

Amadeus said today it is acquiring Navitaire, a low-cost hosting platform for airlines that is especially popular with low-cost carriers, from its owner, Accenture, for $830 million.

How the UK differs from the US when engaging with content and booking in travel


The UK is quite different than the US when it comes to engaging with travel content and making bookings, a recent report from Expedia Media Solutions has found.


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