The most popular Tnooz articles of 2015News / Distribution | OnlineBy PhocusWire | December 30, 2015Share This article was originally published on This was a fortunate year for us at Tnooz – with steadily surging traffic and more events than ever before.As we wish our readers a Happy New Year, we also thank you for making it happen, whether it’s by sharing our stories with friends and colleagues, commenting on our articles, or taking part in the webinars and THacks.Your top 20 most popular articles on Tnooz during 2015 were, in reverse order...20. The fight for hotel bookings – direct vs online travel agencies19. As rate parity falters, what OTAs and hotels may do next18. Why people abandon a travel booking online17. Not happy campers: Agoda pulls all inventory from Trivago16. TripAdvisor and Google make the top three hotel search results even more precious15. Expedia to buy Orbitz in cash deal worth $1.6 billion14. Expedia buys Travelocity for $280 million13. No, Amazon isn’t launching a travel site, but it did this instead12. Booking.com tells hotels it’s not a zero-sum game11. What path will lonely Orbitz take next?10. Booking.com fires legal threat at rate widgets, demands hotels switch off9. Silently debuting homestays, Booking.com jabs Airbnb8. Priceline acquires PriceMatch, adds revenue management to hotel tech arsenal7. Surprise! Airbnb comes in dead last as Millennials’ preferred accommodation6. Three things Expedia has learned from analyzing airfare data5. Lufthansa to add surcharge to every booking made via the GDS4. Lufthansa takes GDS booking tumble with new surcharge, rival carriers benefit3. For hotels, Google expands direct commission-based bookings2. Google quietly adds instant booking for hotels, copying TripAdvisor1. Oyo Rooms’s 21-year-old CEO raises $25M for budget hotel platformRitesh Agarwal is the 21-year-old founder of hotel listings startup Oyo Rooms in New Delhi. He raised $25 million from San Francisco-based Greenoaks Capital and existing investors Sequoia, DSG Consumer Partners, and LightSpeed Ventures. Becoming a 100-employee company with a $100 million valuation took time. But not much time. This is his remarkable story.THE ARTICLES THAT DREW THE MOST COMMENTS5. What’s the right funding level for your travel startup?4. Are consumer-facing travel startups on a road to nowhere?3. Peek’s review system to be investigated by TripAdvisor2. The reality of distribution in tours and activities1. Booking.com fires legal threat at rate widgets, demands hotels switch offTHE MOST-SHARED SPONSORED CONTENTWhat does the online travel startup scene need – more women 3,700 Facebook sharesNB:Thank you image via Shutterstock.