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News / Online
Travel Talk: Takeaways from ITB Berlin
By PhocusWire | March 13, 2023
Returning to the marquee travel trade event for the first time in four years, Northstar’s thought leaders share first impressions.   Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Awai seeks to simplify travel booking with one-stop shop
By Kathryn Walson | March 13, 2023
The Melbourne-based startup says it saves consumers time, money and headaches during trip planning, while removing the need for travel agents. Read More
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News / Online
Advocates push for bold steps to diversify hotel leadership
By Derek Catron | March 10, 2023
Wyndham, Marriott, Hyatt and others take steps, but advocates say more may be needed to improve diversity among hotel owners.   Read More
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News / Startups
Wheel the World lands $6M to boost accessibility in travel
By Kathryn Walson | March 10, 2023
Founded in 2018, the San Francisco-based startup plans to expand its listings with the goal of having 12,000 travelers book through its platform by December 2024. Read More
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News / Online
WTTC introduces sustainability guidelines for hotels
By Johanna Jainchill - Travel Weekly | March 9, 2023
Called Hotel Sustainability Basics, WTTC said it is an industry-backed initiative to enable accommodation providers worldwide, regardless of their size, “to begin their sustainability journey.”   Read More
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News / Online
TUI to launch loyalty program built on guest “convenience”
By Linda Fox | March 8, 2023
Sebastian Ebel, speaking at ITB in Berlin, says he has been impressed with what hotel groups such as Hilton have done, describing its program as a "convenience product." Read More
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News / Online Group sees outbound travel demand surge
By Mitra Sorrells | March 7, 2023
The company says demand for outbound travel is continuing to accelerate in the first months of this year, with bookings up more than 300% compared with the same period last year.   Read More
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News / Technology
Google enhances AI-powered ad tool for hoteliers
By Mitra Sorrells | March 7, 2023
The updates to Google's Performance Max campaign type are intended to help hotel advertisers with different properties create unique, effective ads for each one and track the performance of the campaign... Read More
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News / Online
Travelsoft aquires Travel Compositor to expand software-as-a-service
By Kathryn Walson | March 7, 2023
Travelsoft says that with this acquisition it will now transact bookings worth €5 billion annually through more than 300 tour operators connected to 600 suppliers in about 40 countries.  Read More
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News / Technology
OTA Insight unveils platform with hotel and vacation rental data
By Kathryn Walson | March 6, 2023
With the addition of STR data, the Rate Insight+ platform gives hoteliers a complete picture of their competitive landscape and enables them to improve pricing decisions, according to OTA Insight. Read More
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News / Technology
Apaleo extends Series A for property management tech push
By Linda Fox | March 2, 2023
The Germany-based startup, which was founded in 2017, initially announced €4.5 million in Series A funding just under two years ago. Read More
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News / Technology
Selfbook releases new hub for hotel booking and payment management
By Mitra Sorrells | March 1, 2023
Selfbook says the system can automatically schedule and process payments based on custom and dynamic rate plans, boost fraud prevention capabilities and send payment links to recapture failed... Read More
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News / Online
Digital divide grows in travel industry, study finds
By Kathryn Walson | March 1, 2023
A new report shows that high-income and mid-income consumers are 1.5 times as likely as low-income consumers to go online to plan vacations and book travel and accommodations. Read More
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Interview / Online
In The Big Chair - Caesar Indra of Traveloka
By Linda Fox | February 28, 2023
Caesar Indra joined Indonesia-based Traveloka in 2012 to develop the flights product at a time when the company offered only domestic routes with 10 carriers. Read More
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News / Technology
Expedia, Microsoft and travel experts on ChatGPT
By Mitra Sorrells | February 27, 2023
Listen to PhocusWire's first LinkedIn Audio event, with executives from Expedia and Microsoft and Kayak co-founder Paul English discussing the potential use of ChatGPT in travel.     Read More