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Grab helps with $8M investment in Splyt to expand partnership globally
By Linda Fox | June 26, 2019
Grab and Splyt say their shared vision is for travelers not to have to download local transportation apps or fall back on hailing taxis.... Read More
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VIDEO: A maturing market for tours and activities
By Kevin May | June 26, 2019
Booking.com's entry into the tours and activities sector and TripAdvisor's likewise move to add a software company into its mix certainly caused a stir in 2018.... Read More
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Airbnb rebrands top tier to Airbnb Luxe, adds dedicated concierge services
Airbnb rebrands top tier to Airbnb Luxe, adds dedicated concierge services
By Mitra Sorrells | June 25, 2019
Airbnb is renaming its luxury tier of properties as Airbnb Luxe and is providing a dedicated concierge with each booking.... Read More
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A tale of two airlines battling disruption with technology
By Linda Fox | June 25, 2019
The cost of disruption to airlines is around 8% of revenue, or $60 billion to the industry, every year. Little wonder then they turning to technology to address disruption from weather events to grounded aircraft.... Read More
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Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom: “War over the best booking experience is almost over”
By Jill Menze | June 25, 2019
Speaking at Expedia Group's first Research Summit, Mark Okerstrom said the next "vector of innovation" happens after bookings are made.... Read More
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VIDEO: Understanding the differences in the blockchain
VIDEO: Understanding the differences in the blockchain
By Kevin May | June 25, 2019
By now most folk should know that there is a distinct difference between the open model of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.... Read More
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BeMyGuest raises new round in bid to bolster activity supplier tech
BeMyGuest raises new round in bid to bolster activity supplier tech
By Kevin May | June 24, 2019
The Singapore-based company has not disclosed the level of investment but says it is "more than sufficient to support the company through its next growth phase."... Read More
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Travel payments, part 4: Hopes and hurdles for startups
Travel payments, part 4: Hopes and hurdles for startups
By Mitra Sorrells | June 24, 2019
In part four of our payments month them we talk to investors and entrepreneurs about the challenges and opportunities for startups in this space.... Read More
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Duffel raises $21.5M for yet-to-launch distribution platform
By Jill Menze | June 21, 2019
Benchmark, which has invested in companies including Uber, Twitter and Snap, led the Series A round, with participation from Blossom Capital and Index Ventures, which participated in Duffel’s $4.7 million seed round last year.... Read More
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Sounding Off: Not all emerging tech is created equal
By PhocusWire | June 21, 2019
Technology can be exciting and the user experience pretty good. And brands should be applauded for dabbling with interesting new consumer interfaces to see what works. But there is a "but"...... Read More
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Amadeus begins Salesforce integration, starts with disruption management
Amadeus begins Salesforce integration, starts with disruption management
This is "just the beginning" - further use cases which could include reservations to come further down the road.... Read More
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WEBINAR REPLAY! How hoteliers can succeed with the Google Ads Migration
WEBINAR REPLAY! How hoteliers can succeed with the Google Ads Migration
By PhocusWire | June 20, 2019
To help advertisers use Hotel Ads in a more robust and scaled manner, Google is introducing a new Google Ads campaign type called Hotel Campaigns.... Read More
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Etraveli Group acquires TripStack, Flight Network in effort to build North American presence
By Linda Fox | June 20, 2019
The Sweden-based company, whose brands include Gotogate, Seat24 and Flygresor, says the move will boost its presence in North America as well as extend its airline integration capabilities.... Read More
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Hopper ramps up hotel booking with global private rates and price tracking
Hopper ramps up hotel booking with global private rates and price tracking
By Kevin May | June 20, 2019
Eighteen months on from its initial launch, Hopper is applying some of the secret sauce learned from flights to its hotel search and booking service.... Read More
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Expedia’s Arthur Chapin on emerging tech: The good, the bad… and the blockchain
Expedia’s Arthur Chapin on emerging tech: The good, the bad… and the blockchain
By Jill Menze | June 20, 2019
You’ve heard it once, and you’ll hear again how things like blockchain and Amazon’s Alexa are disrupting the travel industry. But when does the talk turn from promise and buzz to practical application?... Read More
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