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AllTheRooms claims 1.5M products, Amadeus and eNett get Conferma, Isango buddies with BeMate, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for November 2014.

Should Google be broken up?

MARKETING: There are obviously huge question marks over the European Parliament’s decision to push for a separation of powers at Google, not least how long it will take to enforce.

Beyond user reviews – how to boost conversions by mining TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is now home to 190 million reviews – that’s a staggering amount of content. And for travel marketers, it’s a messaging gold mine.

Ryanair electronic flight bags, FOF Travel raises via Seedrs, GuestDriven checks in and upgrades, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for November 2014.

Europe takes digital steps to improve competitiveness

VisitEurope has developed a new website has part of the region’s bid to stay front of mind with tourists in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Travellers worried about spam and relevancy with mobile advertising

Some interesting details have been released about the effectiveness (or otherwise) of travel brand advertising on mobile devices.

Ctrip cool with short-term hits in pursuit of market share

China’s biggest OTA Ctrip has reported a “solid” operational performance in Q3, although cost increases are hitting margins, spooking the market.

Travel search and shopping: Is the industry hitting the mark?

A recent survey conducted by Amadeus and Tnooz highlighted that overall the industry and online travel companies in general are doing a fine job with travel search and shopping efforts, but there is still a way to go.

Why you should quit Facebook

SOCIAL: We all know that Facebook, generally, is a bit of a time-suck. But with three quarters of a billion people regularly using it, perhaps many just see it as their social space (more interesting than talking to colleagues?

Thomas Cook – dynamic packaging! ancillaries! CRM! Let’s go…

Thomas Cook Group is aiming for 50% web penetration by 2015, with the business possibly doing itself a disservice by using terms which sound like something from a 2006 press release.

Travel marketing in a multiscreen world: An Expedia Media Solutions study

Marketers are all wondering how to cope with travelers consuming media across a wide mix of screens, devices, and platforms — with a third of US households already using five or more devices.

9Flats makes prepayment optional, allows cash for home rentals

It was the first to provide insurance for homeowners who rent out their homes. It was the first to introduce “instant booking,” for hosts who prefer speed of closing a transaction over personally vetting guests.

Programmatic advertising – a new destination for travel brands

The travel industry is a crowded marketplace with low margins. But it’s also high volume which provides a rich audience pool and data set to improve advertising.

Who is the most ambitious CEO in the universe?

SYSTEMS: Every CEO will always claim they are a least one of the following things – driven, ambitious, innovative, team-player, motivator.

Priceline maintains focus on reducing friction for local experiences, no plans to become the next Oracle

Priceline has been kicking it up into another gear over the past year, locking in acquisitions of OpenTable, Buuteeq, and HotelNinjas in a bid to improve the ultimate traveler experience.

Uber and Jetblue are leading a dumbing down of travel

This is the story of two brands in travel. One respected, one trying to get respect. One is Uber, the other is JetBlue.

Open booking in 2020: Fulfilling the prophecy of travel expense management

Six years doesn’t sounds like much. But in corporate travel, it’s a lifetime. NB: This is a viewpoint by Ethan Laub, founder of open booking startup TripScanner.

The Downfall of online travel startups [VIDEO]

Watch the video  It was only a matter of time before some cynic in the industry decided the travel startup ecosystem was worth parodying.

Thomas Cook augments reality, Cape Air opts for Amadeus, Rezgo offers dynamic pricing, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for November 2014.

Roomer closes $5M round, begins reselling hotel reservations on metasearch

Roomer, the secondary market for non-refundable hotel reservations, has received a $5 million Series A equity investment round, led by venture fund Disruptive.