Posted October 19, 2016

Deem Buys Hotel Sentiment Engine Olset

Deem has acquired hotel travel technology provider Olset, Deem president and COO John Rizzo announced today during The Beat Live conference in Chicago. Read More »
Posted by: Julie Sickel | More by Julie Sickel
Posted September 16, 2015

DOJ Clears Orbitz-Expedia Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz, clearing the final hurdle for the $1.3 billion transaction. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted March 20, 2015

China's Ctrip Readies 'Internationalization' As Corporate Travel Revenue Jumps

China's largest online travel agency, Ctrip, reported significant growth in in its corporate travel operations, with revenue hitting $60.2 million last year, up roughly 40 percent from 2013 and nearly double 2012's figure. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 27, 2013

Corporate Channels Exempted From New DOT Flight Disclosure Guidance

The U.S. Department of Transportation this month provided new guidance to operators of "ticket agent websites" to ensure they disclose when airlines may provide transportation on a searched route but are unavailable for sale through such sites. DOT confirmed that the new rules apply only to public sites. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 22, 2013

Russian OTA Buys Hotel Search Firm DealAngel

Russian online travel agency OneTwoTrip, which to this point has focused on air bookings, is moving into the hotel arena with the acquisition this month of hotel search tool DealAngel. Read More »
Posted August 19, 2013

U.K. Ruling Unlikely To Harpoon Rate Parity Juggernaut

Reactions to the interim judgment issued this month by the United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading regarding rate parity agreements between hotels and online travel agencies ran the gamut from proclamations that hotel pricing would be forever changed to scoffs (or lamentations) that it really only confirmed a pricing method already commonplace in the industry. Read More »
Posted December 3, 2012 - Scottsdale, Arizona

Friends Or Foes? Fragmentation Requires Hotels To Assess Third-Party Distributors

Though with a wary eye, hotel distribution leaders speaking here last month at the PhoCusWright conference view many in the barrage of booking startups as friends, not foes. Read More »
Posted February 8, 2012 - Los Angeles

Hotel CEOs Upbeat On Room Key Despite Its Late Arrival

Hotel company chief executives said they view the recently launched Roomkey.com booking site as a chance to regain control of their inventories, although a few around the industry questioned whether the effort might be too far behind the curve to be successful. Read More »
Posted November 7, 2011

'Schizophrenic' Economy, Distribution Mix Skews Hotel Rate Growth Potential

Las Vegas - Analysts and consultants urged InterContinental Hotels Group owners attending the company's Americas Investors and Leadership Conference here to "trust the data" in pushing up hotel rates and to question conventional wisdom as to the value to the bottom line of online travel agencies. Read More »
Posted June 22, 2011

Future Agency Revenue Model

Ugh! I've already grown tired of all the discussion around GDS agreements and direct-connect strategies, knowing that it's only going to get worse between now and August. It's going to happen, time to move on. The bigger picture that's being missed is what this means to the future travel agency and how will they react to change. Read More »
Posted by: Steve Reynolds | More by Steve Reynolds
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