Growing role of metasearch services in hotel online marketing

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2014 is the year of metasearch and hoteliers should allocate part of their budget in metasearch marketing and include it in their core marketing plan, according to eRevMax. The hotel online distribution and channel management solutions provider has compiled an Infographic, “Meta-search: it’s here to stay”, which provides insights on the growing influence of metasearch […]

The results are in for The Youth Travel Accommodation Industry Survey Volume 7

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We are delighted to launch our seventh annual survey on youth travel accommodation trends – and it’s free to download for our members. The new industry report is based on a survey of 2,231 Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) operations across 100 countries and includes findings across all aspects affecting the industry, from the average size […]

Can Google disrupt the online travel industry?

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According to Bloomberg, Google has now licensed Room 77′s hotel booking software. Room 77 is a start-up backed by Expedia, one of the leading online travel agencies, or OTAs. This is not the first time Google has tried to compete directly with OTAs such as Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz Worldwide, and TripAdvisor for a piece of […]

The new Generator Hostel London shows how cool hostels have become

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Designer fittings and yoga classes are just some of the offerings to court savvy hostel guests Designer furniture by the likes of Moroso and Tom Dixon fills the lobby. There is a DJ booth in the guise of a double- decker bus and guests can pick from a cafe menu with posh nosh such as […]

Following New York, Airbnb offers to collect taxes for San Francisco too

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2014 is the year of settlements for Airbnb, and going from disruption to collaboration, as we predicted it would do at the start of this year. So following its offer last week to collect and pay $21 million in taxes in New York City (and a smaller initiative in Portland), it is now following that up with a similar offer in […]

Airbnb closes in on $400 million in next funding round

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Online home rentals site Airbnb is raising at least $400 million in a fresh round of private fundraising. This will give a valuation of $10 billion and price the company at $2 billion more than InterContinental Hotels, the Financial Times reported. Worth just $2.5 billion after its last round two years ago, the sharp rise […]

National Express and YHA form partnership

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National Express and YHA (England and Wales) have formed a partnership to sell coach tickets in Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales. National Express and Eurolines coach tickets can now be bought at Youth Hostels located in some of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The joint venture will, for the first time, […]

STAY WYSE to highlight the impact of OTA commission increases during ITB Berlin 2014

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STAY WYSE, the global association representing the youth travel accommodation industry, will be highlighting the real impact of online travel agents’ (OTA) commission increases on the youth travel market at next week’s ITB Berlin. David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation and Professor Greg Richards are taking to the Youth Hall’s ‘big stage’ at […]

Booking.com’s mobile bookings grow 160% in 2013

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From $3 billion in 2012 to $8 billion in 2013 Booking.com, the world’s number one accommodation site, continues to see strong growth in mobile bookings. The total transaction value of mobile accommodation bookings more than doubled from over $3 billion in 2012 to over $8 billion in 2013. Looking back at the 2011 figure where […]

A&O terminates parity in online channels and partially shifts commission

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The constant increase of commissions by Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s), recently with a 20 per cent rise of the company hostelworld, has prompted A&O to terminate the rate parity on the web. “We feel that consumers should pay more at those intermediaries that claim higher production costs. The continuous increase of commissions cannot solely develop […]

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