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FREE Webinar THIS WEEK: How hotels should use data to push direct bookings

In the over-complex world of consumers’ big data, with the infinite possibilities for the travel & hospitality industries, independent hoteliers have not yet embraced the full technological and strategic potential of traveller data.

The Edge from U2 joins others with €1.9 million funding for Coras activities tech

Global rock stars aren’t normally attracted to the technology that powers activities and events technology – unless you’re The Edge from U2.

IDeaS acquires Smart Space Strategy hotel event tech

Hotel revenue management specialist IDeaS has bought the assets of Smart Space Strategy, a provider of technology to hotels for organising events.

Travelport product chief, Adara ad sales team, Locomote lands Telstra exec, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel people moves in tourism and hospitality for March 2017.

Facebook and its new battle for the attention of travelers in a destination

There’s never really been a forceful value proposition for a social network for travelers – Facebook’s global dominance has pretty much kept the competition at bay.

When an airport opens its API to encourage innovation

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has published its API platform offering access to non-critical business data for developers from airlines and other travel companies.

Concur explores virtual reality for the corporate travel market

Concur Labs, the innovation arm of the travel and expense management tech company, has been exploring virtual reality and possible applications for business travel.

HundredRooms lands €4 million to push into new markets

Vacation rental search engine HundredRooms has brought its total funding €11 million, with its eyes set on launching in more countries.

Where consumers start their flight search and factors driving the booking decision

From flight shopping to day of travel, OAG’s latest passenger survey reveals current preferences and future trends.

Amadeus with Island Air and TUIFly, HotelRez private label,and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for distribution in tourism and hospitality for March 2017.

Tech and distribution at heart of one of biggest ever projects in travel

Lots of attention goes on the expansion of aviation routes and the growing levels of connectivity with the traveller community.

Autonomous vehicles, mapping and multi-modal transport were key themes for travel at CeBIT

Mobility was on display at the CeBIT technology Expo in Hannover with new vehicles, mapping solutions and apps helping cities accommodate the transport and way-finding needs of visitors and residents.

Who takes responsibility for cyber security in a hotel?

While hotels have a strong handle on the physical security of their guests, are they as dedicated to protecting these guests’ data?

Emirates begins device handling service, HelloGbye goes live, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for devices in tourism and hospitality for March 2017.

Full content agreements for airline distribution live to fight another day

Several major airlines, including Lufthansa, Air Canada and American Airlines, were unsuccessful in their recent attempt to bring the GDS “full content agreement” closer to a demise.

TurnKey raises $21 million for ongoing expansion and tech push

TurnKey Vacation Rentals has raised $21 million in Series C funding. The company has raised a total of $41 million since 2013 with this latest round led by Adams Street Partners as well as existing investors Altos Ventures, Silverton Partners and angel investors.

Instant booking becomes the big metric for Airbnb and vacation rentals

One of the apparent consumer irritations with the world of alternative accommodation is the gap many will experience in the booking process.

Beyond beautiful: why travel companies need a better imagery plan

We spend months analyzing the user experience for our travel sites and writing SEO-friendly copy, but when it comes to photos – as long as we think that the imagery is gorgeous, we think we are done.

Slow-burn travel influencer partnerships in order to grow faster

Travel marketers are told to embrace influencers: those demi-gods of social media who can wave a magic wand with a single post that instantly puts your hotel on the map or makes your attraction world-famous.

Ixigo confirms $15 million Series B, Paytm partners with

Indian travel search engine has completed its $15 million Series B round after months of negotiation and rumour, with Sequoia Capital and Fosun Kinzon backing the raise.