Top ten most popular articles on Tnooz in 2014NewsBy Kevin May | January 5, 2015Share This article was originally published on From opinion pieces on the advantages of online travel agencies to the sale of Viator to TripAdvisor, it's been a varied year on Tnooz.We pride ourselves on having the latest news coverage to offering hard-hitting analysis of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.Tnooz also probably has the most vibrant community of readers in the industry, with the comment sections of our stories often triggering all sorts of debates which continue for weeks.So as we enter 2015, here are your top ten most popular stories on Tnooz during the past 12 months.Thanks to all those who contribute to Tnooz. Happy New Year...10. TripAdvisor acquires Viator, the tours and activities agency, for $200M Viator, one of the largest online tours-and-activities booking agencies, said today that it has been acquired by TripAdvisor, the user-reviews giant, for approximately $200 million — mostly in cash.Share this quote 9. Booking.com launches rental site Villas.com Major product extension for Booking.com as it launches its first standalone brand in the guise of Villas.com.Share this quote 8. Apple quietly releases best travel feature yet, the Apple SIM In this week’s announcement, Apple released new versions of its popular-yet-struggling iPad lineup. Thinner and far more powerful, the iPad Air engineering has definitely stepped up a notch. But for WiFi-hungry travelers, the true tech announcement was the Apple SIM.Share this quote 7. Why TripAdvisor has a chance to eat the lunch of Booking.com Tripadvisor’s Tripconnect is the first real challenger to Booking.com and is the first step to get hoteliers back in control of their online distribution channel.Share this quote 6. Best airlines in the world, via web reviews, visualised as the Periodic Table After collecting some 30,000 customer reviews, European online travel agency eDreams has picked a novel way of displaying what it says the best airlines in the world.Share this quote 5. Google study: Online travel purchases by channel, steps taken and time period With customer buying behavior constantly evolving, online travel brands are constantly tuning their approach towards purchase patterns and other factors.Share this quote 4. Navigating the online travel landscape – a guide for startups Many other travel startup founders enter the industry with a similar naivete. They think that, as an avid traveler, they understand the travel industry.Share this quote 3. Hotel sacks manager for slamming negative reviewers on TripAdvisor A Scottish hotel has found itself in the limelight after its manager continually turned guests who left damning reviews of the property on TripAdvisor.Share this quote 2. Broken down, how OTAs are eating hotel business Fact – online travel agents are taking everyone’s lunch, apparently charging pretty high commissions and have become pretty good at the whole hotel distribution game.Share this quote 1. Why do consumers prefer booking with online travel agencies? Many hotels are experiencing a notable increase in bookings coming from online travel agencies, most notably those from Booking.com.Share this quote NB: Don't forget our compilation of every webinar Tnooz produced during 2014.NB2:2014 review image via Shutterstock.