Online Travel Agency


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TravelLocal brings broadcaster Channel 4 on board for Series A funding
By Linda Fox | August 23, 2019
TravelLocal is getting airtime from Channel 4 as it brings the U.K. broadcaster on for its Series A funding. Read More
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Expedia Group fully acquires CanadaStays to boost vacation rental presence up north
Expedia Group fully acquires CanadaStays to boost vacation rental presence up north
By Jill Menze | August 22, 2019
CanadaStays, with which Expedia Group has had a strategic partnership since 2015, will be integrated into the Vrbo brand. Read More
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U.S. government sues to block Farelogix sale to Sabre
U.S. government sues to block Farelogix sale to Sabre
By Kevin May | August 20, 2019
Sabre dared regulators last week to block its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix - and now the U.S. government has taken up the challenge. Read More
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TripAdvisor will offer Wi-Fi services to restaurants to help their marketing efforts
By Mitra Sorrells | August 20, 2019
TripAdvisor Wi-Fi Plus is a new option to enable restaurants to offer free Wi-Fi to their guests in return for sharing their email or social media credential. Read More
News | Technology
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
By James Burrows - Rentals United  | August 16, 2019
With Google entering the vacation rental market, what future developments could impact direct bookings, guest experience, customer ownership and the current ecosystem? Read More
Opinion | Distribution
Careful what you wish for: Attribute-based selling isn't all it's cracked up to be
Careful what you wish for: Attribute-based selling isn't all it's cracked up to be
By Tim Peter - Tim Peter, Associates, & Tim Peter - Tim Peter & Associates | August 15, 2019
It doesn't seem that guests really need attribute-based selling, and it's unrealistic to assume that the model will both improve prices for guests and drive more revenue. Read More
Opinion | Distribution
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Mark Okerstrom on competitor moves, Expedia's strengths and what he's had to "unlearn"
By Siew Hoon Yeoh - WebInTravel  | August 12, 2019
In this wide-ranging interview, the Expedia Group boss opens up about where the travel company fits in an ever-evolving tech landscape. Read More
News | Online
Four online travel agency myths to stop believing now
Four online travel agency myths to stop believing now
By Peter O’Connor - Essec Business School  | August 8, 2019
OTAs suffer from some image problems amongst many hoteliers, often due to misconceptions or misinformation about how they work. So, let's bust some myths. Read More
Opinion | Online
Booking Holdings q2 2019 earnings
Booking Holdings integrates brands, develops payment capabilities in quest for “connected trip”
By Mitra Sorrells | August 7, 2019
Booking Holdings reports positive financial results as it works toward what CEO Glenn Fogel called the "connected trip." Read More
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Culture Trip finally unveils its online travel agency, promises to cover the full funnel
By Linda Fox | August 6, 2019
The company claims it has spent a lot of time understanding customer needs and is not just “replicating a bog standard OTA.” Read More
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OTAs, margins and supply - lessons for tours and activities from battles elsewhere
OTAs, margins and supply - lessons for tours and activities from battles elsewhere
By Olan O’Sullivan - TrekkSoft  | August 6, 2019
Are the investments by Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor about supporting their consumer offerings rather than offering compelling solutions for operators to run their businesses? Read More
Opinion | Distribution
To self-book or not to self-book - that is the business travel question
To self-book or not to self-book - that is the business travel question
By Mike Baker - Lola  | August 5, 2019
A study reveals that frequent business travelers feel they’re wasting time booking their own travel AND wasting time having someone else book it for them. Read More
Opinion | Online
Threatless: Why the OTA-tech alignments in activities aren’t a big deal
Threatless: Why the OTA-tech alignments in activities aren’t a big deal
By Douglas Quinby - Arival  | August 5, 2019
These developments may only pertain to a few thousand operator customers across these systems that also use these OTAs. And really only a smaller few that closely follow the industry politics across the... Read More
Opinion | Distribution
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Two-decade-old hotel website LateRooms faces financial collapse
By Linda Fox | August 2, 2019
The LateRooms brand, which is part of the Malvern Group and is currently facing financial difficulties, has somewhat of a checkered back story. Read More
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What owning the end-to-end traveler experience means for Airbnb for Work
What owning the end-to-end traveler experience means for Airbnb for Work
By Jill Menze | August 2, 2019
As Airbnb endeavors to own the end-to-end experience for corporate travelers, is transforming into a full-fledged travel management company in the cards? Read More
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