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Hoax bomb threats pose social media challenge for airlines

In the past week, there were 16 threats via Twitter, according to USA Today. Bomb threats via social media have been around for a while, complicating the job of airline social media managers.

HomeAway loses in its attempt to stop San Francisco rentals law

Vacation-rental provider HomeAway‘s attempt to stop new regulations for house rentals in San Francisco has been halted.

Marketing watch: The top 5 challenges facing marketers globally


The “marketer” designation continues to shift towards a new “marketing technologist” title, according to a massive new Salesforce report that crunched responses from 5,000 marketers across the globe.

The mobile majority is here in travel — and across all demographics

There is a clear mobile majority in travel across all demographics for the first time ever, says the latest Travel Technology Survey from Phocuswright.

Beat the travel website blues: Five steps to better performance


So you made it through the busy holiday travel season and are gunning for a great 2015. The US (and SOME elsewhere around the world) economy is looking up, wallets are opening for travel, and the online travel website continues to popularize.

Sabre captures Alitalia, Digital Trip resells Revelex, Boxever wins TravelPlanet24, and more…

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

Startup Pitch: TheLater helps travelers organize their research

TheLater is an app for iOS that helps travelers organize their trip research. A Q&A with founder Ashley Byers: Tell us how you founded the company, why and what made you decide to jump in and create the business.

Sabre is ready to buy again, and Abacus is a likely target

Sabre said in a financial filing this week that it was considering an acquisition to the tune of half-a-billion dollars during the next two months.

HotelTonight adds geo-targeted rates, in a fresh twist on segmentation

HotelTonight now lets hotels show cheaper rates only to particular guests, as determined by their mobile device’s signal.

Localeur locks in round of investment, bringing total to $1.2 million


Mobile-first local recommendation startup Localeur has topped off its coffer, bringing its to-date angel investment up to $1.2 million.

Travelport agrees SAS deal, CouProm and Sabre, Siteminder and Sercotel, and more…

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

Apple Maps Connect expands outside of the US

Apple opened its Apple Maps to small business owners back in October 2014, creating a method for owners to claim and curate their listings.

New tools for travel, as Twitter adds group chat and video recording

Travel marketers and conference organizers are two potential users for two new Twitter features: group messaging and video recording.

Hotels: Now is the time to take advantage of the desktop to mobile shift


The massive shift from desktop to mobile and tablet devices continued its rigorous pace. Last year over 38% of web visitors and nearly 40% of page views were generated from non-desktop devices (mobile and tablet), while nearly 21% of bookings and 17% of room nights came from tablets and mobile devices.

Trekksoft raises $1.1 million, claims tours and activities not ready for disruption

Switzerland-based tours and activities system provider Trekksoft has secured a further $1.1 million in investment.

A dash of realism for startups seeking angel investment

STARTUPS: The time-line for many startups often includes a moment where they have to considering raising money or going it alone on the vapours of their early revenue.

Cabforce picks up Euro 1.5 million funding round

Taxi and transfer booking platform Cabforce has capped a busy 12 months with the addition of a Euro 1.5 million investment round.

eDreams Odigeo opens new chapter with CEO switch

Following a rocky few months at eDreams Odigeo, a boardroom shuffle which sees the appointment of Dana Dunne as chief executive, is perhaps a sign the company is back on track.

Hotel technology investments to increase in 2015 to match guest expectations


Hotels are matching heightened guest expectations with an increase in hotel technology budgets, investing an average of 4.9% of revenue in IT.

How hackers kidnapped Malaysia Airlines’ web address

At the start of Monday local time, something odd happened to the website of Malaysia Airlines. Users visiting the site in some regions were redirected to a different webpage.


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