Top reasons why startups end up in the deadpool
Top reasons why startups end up in the deadpool
By Kevin May | February 16, 2018
The travel industry is littered with the remains of startups that came and went quicker than you can say "great, but please tell us how you're going to make money". Read More
News | Startups
TripAdvisor 2018 strategy hotels attractions mobile
TripAdvisor bets on TV advertising, improved UX to restore profit in hotel segment
By Mitra Sorrells | February 15, 2018
TripAdvisor will expand its television advertising spending to $100 to $130 million for its hotel segment during 2018, with new creative and new markets, while simultaneously reducing online marketing... Read More
News | Online
OTA Insight on Google and Airbnb
Google, Airbnb and the evolving distribution landscape
By Mitra Sorrells | February 15, 2018
Airbnb and Google made notable announcements in the first week of February – the former opening its platform to hotel distribution and the latter rolling out updates to expand and simplify travel... Read More
News | Distribution
sawydays necessary evil
Why small property owners see OTAs as a "necessary evil"
By Jill Menze | February 15, 2018
The codependent nature of small property owners and their booking partners has its upsides, but primarily, it’s viewed by the underdogs as a “necessary evil.” Read More
News | Online
Duetto raises massive $80 million to push hotel tech platform
Duetto raises massive $80 million to push hotel tech platform
By Kevin May | February 14, 2018
Duetto can boast $143.2 million in funding rounds to date after landing a huge Series D investment of $80 million this week. Read More
News | Technology
Q&A: How blockchain is helping Webjet improve efficiency, cut costs for hotel bookings
Q&A: How blockchain is helping Webjet improve efficiency, cut costs for hotel bookings
By Mitra Sorrells | February 14, 2018
When Microsoft announced in November 2016 that it was working with Australia-based online travel agency Webjet to build a blockchain proof-of-concept solution, the term “blockchain” was still relatively... Read More
News | Technology
Travel buyers show modest support for NDC (but many still have no idea)
Travel buyers show modest support for NDC (but many still have no idea)
By Kevin May | February 14, 2018
A year ago, just 11% of travel buyers in a survey said they believe IATA's New Distribution Capability is "a good thing" for the industry. Read More
News | Distribution
Battling external forces: How a startup competes in the tours market
Battling external forces: How a startup competes in the tours market
By Jill Menze | February 14, 2018
The travel industry has yet to see a clear frontrunner emerge in the tours and attractions space. Be it for lack of the right idea or the right distribution model - or, most likely, both - no major or... Read More
News | Online
Hotels admit steep reliance on online travel agencies
Hotels admit steep reliance on online travel agencies
By Kevin May | February 13, 2018
Hotels have a high dependency on online travel agencies to distribute their inventory, with almost every other channel deemed to be low on same scale. Read More
News | Distribution
Blockhain travel loyalty programs
Decoding blockchain, part 2: Travel loyalty programs
By Mitra Sorrells | February 12, 2018
If we think of loyalty program rewards as a currency, it becomes easy to see why the current system is not ideal and why most programs are struggling to achieve their ultimate goal: to influence... Read More
News | Technology
Expedia splashed out record $5.3 billion on marketing in 2017
Expedia splashed out record $5.3 billion on marketing in 2017
By Kevin May | February 12, 2018
Expedia Inc spent a record $5.3 billion on marketing in 2017 - a figure that continues to trouble investors amid its full year financial results. Read More
News | Online
What airlines can gain from thinking like Netflix
What airlines can gain from thinking like Netflix
By Jill Menze | February 12, 2018
A main reason for the omnipresence of Netflix is the technology’s ability to personalize recommendations to viewers. Read More
News | Technology
Amex GBT buys Hogg Robinson, tech integration at heart of £400M deal
Amex GBT buys Hogg Robinson, tech integration at heart of £400M deal
By Kevin May | February 9, 2018
Massive consolidation alert: Hogg Robinson has sold to American Express Global Business Travel in a deal in the region of £400 million. Read More
News | Technology
Airbnb officially opens up platform to hotel distribution
Airbnb officially opens up platform to hotel distribution
By Kevin May | February 7, 2018
Airbnb is to allow hotels and other accommodation providers to list on the site for the first time through an official third party distribution network. Read More
News | Distribution
Nordic Choice blockchain test Winding Tree
Q&A: How - and why - Nordic Choice Hotels is testing blockchain
By Mitra Sorrells | February 7, 2018
Could an open-source blockchain-based distribution system stimulate innovative solutions from travel industry startups, provide more choices to travelers, and drive more revenue to suppliers?  Read More
News | Technology