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WEBINAR VIDEO – How the hotel guest can be at the centre of a payment strategy

As hotels encourage increased pre-payment in reservations, the industry faces the challenge and opportunity to create a truly customer-centric payment and booking experience.

Mapquest shifts gears, partners with Mapbox for its mapping UI

Clearly we’re not the only ones that were paying attention with Mapbox’s product that can fuel all kinds of mapping needs within web and mobile apps: AOL’s Mapquest has inked a deal with the mapping company to power its UI.

One in every five dollars spent on travel now coming from mobile

Mobile continues to drive more bookings in travel, with one in five dollars now coming from the channel.

VCs buy stake in Ariane for €3 million

Ariane Systems, a provider of self-check-in/out technology for hotels, has sold a minority stake to investment firm Ardian for €3 million ($3.3 million).

How and why travel metasearch will have to evolve

Thank goodness that travel metasearch has grown up over recent years. That is not to say that its inhabitants were childish (ahem), but its acceptance by the rest of the industry as a valuable part of the “travel ecosystem” speaks volumes as to its progress as a sector.

3mundi gets smart, Ryanair upgrades app, Hostelworld and Lufthansa on Apple Watch, and more…

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

Expedia sells stake in eLong to Ctrip and others for $671 million

Expedia Inc has offloaded its majority stake in Chinese online travel agency eLong to rival agency Ctrip and a consortium of financial backers.

Startup pitch: Experitus is a travel experience marketplace

Experitus is a marketplace for locals and guides to sell short lessons in their hobbies and careers to visitors at a destination.

ProPublica launches US cruise ship health safety database for consumers

Cruise lines say they take all proper precautions for the critical task of ensuring the safety of their passengers, but a ProPublica investigation has dug up examples of industry slip-ups.

Mapbox could unleash a wave of creativity in mapping with its developer SDK

Mapbox, who’s client list includes Roadtrippers, has now expanded into an open mobile SDK, free for up to 50,000 MAUs.

HomeAway fulfills promise to enter urban markets, goes head-to-head with Airbnb

Just a few months back, Tnooz spoke with HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples about the differences between his company and Airbnb. takes over at Bravofly Rumbo, promises ahead-of-the-curve strategy

Two months on from bedding in its purchase of, Bravofly Rumbo has won shareholder approval to banish its former brand name forever.

Wearables booming in Asia-Pacific, so travel and Apple Watch have a big opportunity

We are all told that the Apple Watch is ideal for bite-sized pieces of information, all consumed in a fraction of a second.

Delta feuds with online travel sites after removing fare and schedule data

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a single carrier feud so widely with online travel sites — the most notable recurring feud was American Airlines and Orbitz.

HomeAway fulfills promise to enter urban markets, goes head-to-head with Airbnb

Just a few months back, Tnooz spoke with HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples about the differences between his company and Airbnb.

Nobody’s perfect – what Priceline didn’t appreciate was coming next

Love it or hate it – the Priceline Group, many would argue, has made very few wrong turns over the years.

Web and technology now contribute to the overall hotel guest experience

The most important part of a hotelier’s job is to ensure an outstanding experience for guests while they are on your property.

Thomas Cook looks beyond waves for common systems approach

There is a lot of ‘oneness’ going on within the Europe’s two tour operating giants as they strive for increased efficiency and reshape their businesses for the digital age.

IBM invests $5M in WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup

IBM is the lead investor in a $5 million Series A funding round for WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery company that licenses Watson cognitive computing technology.

China tourism specialist Jetbay raises $1.6 million

US-based  JetBay, an online platform for Chinese inbound travel, has raised $1.6 million and will invest the money in building up its product and branding.