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Accor acquires FastBooking, a B2B hotel tools provider

French global hotel giant Accor has taken over Fastbooking, the French market leader in B2B hotel tools, the companies revealed today.

Why broadband is vital to growth of the cruise industry

Executives at the major cruise lines all seem to have one question on their mind. “How can we convince people who have never cruised before to try a cruise?

Travelzoo ups marketing, two pillar strategy continues

Travelzoo says it expects to increase investment in marketing and member acquisition by up to $3 million year-on-year.

Cleartrip unlikes Facebook’s in India

Indian OTA Cleartrip has pulled out of, the Facebook-run initiative designed to make internet access more widely available around the world.

What are travellers saying when they use social media at airports? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Many passengers have their heads buried in a device or laptop as they wander around or wait at an airport.

Secret Escapes back on TV, Thomas Cook Airlines goes programmatic, Cheaptickets wants your Trelfies, and more…

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

Yandex makes deeper inroads in travel, unveils package holiday search

Russian search engine Yandex has launched a service enabling consumers to search for holiday packages from about 14 tour operators.

Startup pitch: ComboTrip takes on challenge of group planning

Today’s startup pitch comes to us from ComboTrip, a travel startup targeting the challenging sector that is group travel.

Travelport renews TAP agreement, Abacus wins Cambodia Bayon, and more…

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

Google defence against regulator exposes weak performance of its travel products

Google may have mounted a robust defence of its search practices, but at the same time showed how far it has to go with its travel products.

Some lessons learned from user testing hotel websites

To highlight how user-testing can be useful in finding opportunities to improve, three of the most popular sites in hospitality were submitted for a Peek User Testing program.

Ola hails mammoth $400 million funding round

India’s biggest taxi app Ola has raised $400 million from new and existing investors, and has earmarked $100 million to grow its recently acquired TaxiForSure business.

EasyJet has a Mobile Host, HotelTonight adds rate-tracking, TripAdvisor and clock in with Watch app, and more…

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

Revenue gap widens between iOS and Android ecosystems

App developers pay keen attention to this: the revenue gap between iOS and Android ecosystems has grown even larger, says the latest App Annie report.

Startup pitch: GeoSure aims to crowdsource global travel security data

GeoSure is a new application for Apple devices that is designed to assist travelers by providing quantifiable, personalized travel security content.

Boxever continues growth with march on US

Boxever has signed US tour operator InterRail as its first customer in North America. The Dublin-based customer intelligence specialist has been making steady progress in the past year starting with $6 million in funding in March 2014 which Boxever chief executive Dave O’Flanagan said would be used to accelerate growth.

Addressing the mobile fraud versus convenience conundrum

Travel has gone mobile. But with new customer channels come new challenges, one of which is eliminating the threat from fraudsters without compromising the convenience expected by mobile travellers.

Developers in the Emerald Isle – shout Slainte during THack Dublin

Developers in Ireland are getting their first chance to participate in an open travel hackathon over the weekend of May 9-10 2015.

Startup pitch: Qaribu wants to be the go to social online travel agency

Proving that there may still be life in the social travel concept is Qaribu, a startup which is part trip planning, part online travel agency and part social network.

BlaBlaCar consolidates ride-sharing market with Carpooling acquisition

Significant shift in the ride-sharing sector with a deal announced today that will see Carpooling acquired by BlaBlaCar.