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Expedia unveils rebrand in major push to capture travel demand
Expedia unveils rebrand in major push to capture travel demand
By Jill Menze | April 19, 2021
Expedia is debuting a new look and product offerings on its quest to become consumers’ "ultimate travel companion." Read More
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What are travelers on Google searching for?
What are travelers on Google searching for?
By Jill Menze | April 19, 2021
According to TripsToDiscover, searches are up dramatically for travel products since January 1, 2021. Read More
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Hipmunk founders launch Flight Penguin to take on Kayak in metasearch
Hipmunk founders launch Flight Penguin to take on Kayak in metasearch
By Jill Menze | April 5, 2021
Founded by Hipmunk's Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman, Flight Penguin is a Chrome extension that shows "unbiased and uncorrupted" search results. Read More
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Hopper closes $170M funding round, creates new B2B offering with Capital One as first partner
By Mitra Sorrells | March 24, 2021
Hopper is kicking off an ambitious growth plan that includes the launch of Hopper Cloud, selling its infrastructure, agency content, financial technology and data science capabilities to other travel... Read More
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Airlines turn to traveler intent data to forecast demand
By Linda Fox | March 15, 2021
As restrictions lift and travel recovers, historical booking data can no longer be relied on. Read More
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What Vacasa acquiring TurnKey means for the market and rental's recovery
What Vacasa acquiring TurnKey means for the market and rental's recovery
By Jill Menze | March 15, 2021
Property management and vacation rental specialists weigh in on Vacasa's recent acquisition of TurnKey Vacation Rentals and the future of consolidation in the space. Read More
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Vacasa acquires TurnKey Vacation Rentals as pandemic spikes demand in the sector
Vacasa acquires TurnKey Vacation Rentals as pandemic spikes demand in the sector
By Jill Menze | March 11, 2021
Major consolidation is underway in the vacation rental management sector with Vacasa announcing plans to acquire TurnKey Vacation Rentals. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Odyssey Travel App wants to democratize access to luxury travel
STARTUP STAGE: Odyssey Travel App wants to democratize access to luxury travel
By Jill Menze | March 2, 2021
Odyssey Travel App is a premium travel platform that aims to democratize access to luxury hotels, car rental and other travel services directly from the provider to the user. Read More
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Travel + Leisure Co. launches online booking platform
Travel + Leisure Co. launches online booking platform
By Jill Menze | February 17, 2021
Travel + Leisure Co., formerly known as Wyndham Destinations, has launched a vacation booking platform as part of the company's rebrand. Read More
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Google fined €1.1M for deceptive hotel ratings in France
By Mitra Sorrells | February 16, 2021
Google has also agreed to remove its ratings and use those provided by Atout France, the country's tourism agency. Read More
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Chinese travelers more positive about travel in 2021 than regional neighbors
By Linda Fox | February 1, 2021
Domestic searches led in December 2020 in many APAC countries with the exception of Singapore, according to Expedia's research. Read More
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How travel marketers adjust to the ups and downs of COVID-19
By Mitra Sorrells | January 27, 2021
As coronavirus rates and lockdown measures shift, travel advertising strategies have centered on careful messaging through digital platforms. Read More
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JetBlue calls Fareportal distribution antitrust lawsuit "frivolous"
By Arnie Weissmann - Travel Weekly | January 8, 2021
Fareportal, parent of OTAs CheapOAir and One Travel, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that JetBlue Airways violated antitrust laws. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: WKND curates local weekend adventure packages
By Mitra Sorrells | December 15, 2020
 WKND is targeting millennials with what it calls a retreats-as-a-service platform that provides personalized adventure packages within a three-hour drive.   Read More
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AirAsia boss on the Google threat and extending the brand
By Linda Fox | December 11, 2020
AirAsia Group boss Tony Fernandes believes airlines will end up outbidding each other on Google. Read More
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