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News / Distribution
Europe’s short-term rental segment on track for steady growth
By Phocuswright Research | May 16, 2022
Phocuswright's report explores changes in the short-term rental landscape from both consumer and business perspectives. Read More
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News / Online
Airbnb enables “split stays” to ease inventory woes
By Mitra Sorrells | May 11, 2022
"Split stays" are part of Airbnb's newest version of its platform, described as “the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade.”   Read More
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News / Online
Travel booking windows increasing as consumers look ahead
By Linda Fox | May 11, 2022
The seven-day booking window trend seen in the pandemic is declining across EMEA and the Americas. Read More
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News / Online
Google enhances trip-planning tools as travel searches boom
By Mitra Sorrells | May 2, 2022
Google is launching new tools related to flight and hotel searches and general trip planning.   Read More
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News / Online
My Method... How Vrbo used videos to increase its search visibility
By Shawn Massie - Pacific | April 13, 2022
Vrbo raised its rank and visibility on YouTube and Google using SEO-friendly videos created from its destination guides. Read More
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Online activity shows growing recovery for travel
By Mitra Sorrells | April 12, 2022
An analysis by Similarweb shows visits to airline and hospitality websites are up as consumers act on their desire to travel.   Read More
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Interview / Online
In The Big Chair - Vivi Cahyadi Himmel of AltoVita
By Jill Menze | April 6, 2022
Vivi Cahyadi Himmel co-founded AltoVita, a platform that powers the corporate accommodations sector with enterprise software layered with a human-centric approach. Read More
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News / Technology
Fareportal takes stake in search tech company Search Machines
By Jill Menze | April 4, 2022
U.K.-based Search Machines helps large enterprises optimize and customize their search user acquisition. Read More
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Google pauses “vast majority” of commercial activity in Russia, adds tools for hotels
By Jill Menze | March 10, 2022
In addition to pausing commercial activity in Russia, Google will allow hotels in countries neighboring Ukraine to indicate if they’re offering free or discounted accommodations. Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: HeyCray is a social-selling video app for travel
By Mitra Sorrells | March 8, 2022
Founded in June 2021, HeyCray pays a commission to video creators when a booking is made through their content. Read More
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News / Startups
Borrow A Boat acquires accommodation platform Beds on Board
By Mitra Sorrells | March 7, 2022
Beds on Board connects boat owners with people who want to stay on a boat without using it in open water.   Read More
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Book on Google for hotels to shut after low take-up
By Mitra Sorrells | February 25, 2022
Google says it has seen relatively low usage of the Book on Google option for hotels, in terms of both consumer engagement and partner interest.  Read More
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News / Online
Tripadvisor makes moves to spin off Viator
By Mitra Sorrells | February 16, 2022
In its Q4 and full-year 2021 financial report, Tripadvisor says it has filed a confidential S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a possible initial public offering of... Read More
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ATPCO pushes for flight shopping standards
By Robert Silk - Travel Weekly | December 9, 2021
ATPCO is endeavoring to get its Next Generation Storefront initiative approved and published by January 1. Read More
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Six ways COVID has changed the airline industry
By Jill Menze | December 2, 2021
Moving into 2022, airlines will need to focus on convenience and predictability to meet consumer demands. Read More