14 Digital Marketing Trends for Hotels in 2014 – Infographic

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In the travel & hospitality sphere, it’s always insightful to take a closer look at how hotels embrace new technologies and face upcoming challenges. The folks at NetAffinity came up with this nifty infographic that paints a pretty good picture of digital marketing trends hotel marketers can expect to deal with in 2014, if they […]

Mobile Bookings to Comprise One Fifth of European Online Travel Market by 2015

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Europe’s travel market is forging ahead with renewed vigor as the region’s travel bookings reach record highs. According to an upcoming PhoCusWright European and Global Edition report, total European gross travel bookings surpassed their pre-recession peak in 2012 and are projected to hit a record €251.4 billion in 2013. Despite mixed economic conditions across European markets, the region as a […]

YHA New Zealand launches new travel app

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YHA New Zealand has launched an essential new travel app for smartphones to help travellers access better information for the best possible travel experiences. The YHA New Zealand Travel App draws from multiple databases that access the combined knowledge of thousands of travellers to create a super travel app database. Designed to help travellers get […]

StudentUniverse acquires travel startup WeHostels

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StudentUniverse announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WeHostels – a mobile travel agency that allows users to book budget accommodation through its best-in-class mobile applications. The announcement comes less than two months after StudentUniverse’s first international expansion into the UK. “We are excited and honored to bring WeHostels’ incredible people […]

Groupon Acquires Blink and Gets Into Last-Minute Mobile Hotel Booking Game

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And suddenly, Groupon is back in travel: The daily deals site has acquired Madrid-based last-minute hotel booking app Blink to add to its Groupon Getaways travel business. Blink says it works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Blink app will be rebranded “Blink by Groupon” and will […]

Skyscanner acquires Barcelona-based hotel search firm

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Barcelona-based internet hotel search firm Fogg has been taken over by Skyscanner. The deal is seen as a “significant step” in boosting the flight search company’s offering. The acquisition of Fogg for an undisclosed sum follows the introduction of a car rental engine in 200 markets around the world. Skyscanner aims to integrate Fogg’s hotel search into […]

The Power of Youth Travel – Infographic

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Wehostels: The Mobile Travel Agency For Young Travelers

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Is there anyone who doesn’t love to travel?  While I’m sure there are a few out there, it can’t be many.  The impact that the U.S. travel industry has is quite phenomenal.  In 2012, direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $597 billion, and travel overall generated $2 trillion in economic output. […]

Hostels come in from the dark ages – online check-in has arrived

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Excerpt from Tnooz “Industry first” is a term bounded about by many a travel brand and their eager PR teams – “innovative” this or that, new app which many others also happen to have. But perhaps here is a genuine one: online check-in for hostels. Many hotels and their mothership chains, as well as countless airlines, […]

Swiss Hostels Partners with Ecompter To Offer Sustainability Services To Members

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Ecompter, a sustainability service for hostels, hotels and other accommodation providers, today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Swiss Hostels. Under the terms of the agreement, Swiss Hostels will offer Ecompter’s service to its growing number of hostel members (currently 35). The partnership is part of an initiative by Swiss Hostels to […]

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