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News / Technology
Travelport raises $200M to fuel growth
By Linda Fox | March 31, 2023
Travelport said the funds will enable it to advance its growth strategy following a strong first quarter and its acquisition of Deem. Read More
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Expedia, Wheel the World partner for more accessible travel
By Derek Catron | March 30, 2023
Expedia Group will serve as the exclusive partner to power the lodging supply maintained by Wheel the World, a platform for people with disabilities to book accessible travel.   Read More
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News / Startups
Koala secures €2M for insurtech expansion in Europe
By Linda Fox | March 29, 2023
Existing investor Insurtech Gateway led the round with new investors Uneti Ventures, Slimmer AI and Sterling Oak also participating. Read More
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News / Technology
Can we hardwire happiness into hospitality tech?
By Linda Fox | March 29, 2023
Hotels are providing the opposite of hospitality with long queues, paperwork, poor Wi-Fi and disconnected systems, according to Lennert de Jong, president for hospitality at Planet. Read More
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News / Startups
Reeco checks in with $10M for hotel supplies marketplace
By Linda Fox | March 28, 2023
The investment in the Israel-based company was led by Net Capital Ventures and Joule Ventures while a number of angel investors also participated. Read More
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Journey Hospitality acquires well-being tech specialist Premier Software
By Linda Fox | March 27, 2023
Journey says the acquisition will enable it to further help hotels boost direct revenue opportunities.  Read More
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News / Technology
Duve to launch ChatGPT tool for guest communications
By Linda Fox | March 27, 2023
The company, which plans to launch DuveAI in the second quarter of this year, says it will enable “hoteliers and hosts to interact with their guests like never before.” Read More
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Online travel giants spent more than $14B on marketing in '22
By Mitra Sorrells | March 27, 2023
Combined marketing spending by Booking Holdings, Expedia Group, Airbnb and Group exceeded 2019 levels in 2022. Read More
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Travel Talk: How the ROI of hotel business is shifting
By PhocusWire | March 27, 2023
Jeffrey Weinstein, editor in chief of the recently launched Hotel Investment Today, speaks about how the hospitality sector has rebounded from the recession and what’s on the horizon.  Read More
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From Our Partners / Online
Serving the hotel guest of the future
By Francisco Pérez-Lozao Ruter - Amadeus Hospitality | March 27, 2023
With the right data and an open, connected ecosystem, hoteliers can meet the needs of travelers across every step of their journey. Read More
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News / Startups
Placemakr unlocks $65M for mixed-use hospitality concept
By Linda Fox | March 21, 2023
Investment in the flexible-use property specialist comes from Highland Capital Partners, Harbert Growth Partners, Bernstein Management Corp., Camber Creek and Gaw Capital. Read More
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Citi’s new travel portal powered by Booking Holdings goes live
By Mitra Sorrells | March 21, 2023
The site includes supply from – such as 1.4 million hotels around the world - and is powered by technology from Rocket Travel by Agoda, another of Booking Holdings’ brands. Read More
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News / Distribution
OYO creates accelerator to help India hoteliers expand
By Linda Fox | March 21, 2023
The aim of the program, which plans to accept 30 hoteliers initially, is to help hoteliers expand more rapidly. Read More
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News / Technology
Operto lands $25M, adds HotelTonight's Shank to board
By Linda Fox | March 20, 2023
The investment in the Canada-based startup was led by Centana Growth Partners with Thayer Ventures, FUSE, Blackpines Capital Partners and Derive Ventures also participating. Read More
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SITA tests app to let travelers digitally cross border
By Mitra Sorrells | March 20, 2023
The program, managed by SITA and Indicio in partnership with Aruba Tourism Authority, is an extension of work the organizations began at the start of the pandemic to create a blockchain-based app to... Read More