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Booking.com tests marketplace offering third party technology

PhocusWire 19 July 2018
Booking Holdings is piloting a service that offers access to third party technology platforms for its hotel customers.
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Travel startups - pick your battles against the powerful wisely

PhocusWire 19 July 2018
The Phocuswright Conference in November this year comes at a point in the travel and hospitality industry life-cycle where challenger startups from 15-20 years ago are now the global incumbents.
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Fresh faces, new voices at The Phocuswright Conference

PhocusWire 19 July 2018
Our sister brand Phocuswright's flagship conference always features the most high-profile names in the digital travel economy - the leaders of the brands that shape the industry.
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Sabre creates Travel Solutions division, rejigs team, hires ex-Google engineering chief

PhocusWire 18 July 2018
Sabre has created a Travel Solutions division spanning airline solutions as well as data and analytics across its business units.
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Package bookings drive higher ADR, have longer booking windows

PhocusWire 18 July 2018
Analyzing data on package bookings vs. standalone hotel bookings, Expedia Group found that for full year 2017, package bookings delivered higher average daily rates and had longer booking windows, particularly internationally.
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STARTUP STAGE: TransferTravel.com wants to be the "eBay" of travel

PhocusWire 18 July 2018
TransferTravel is a peer-to-peer marketplace designed to help people sell their unwanted tickets and reservations to travelers looking for bargains.
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Utrip claims new tool brings travel planning closer to Netflix and Amazon models

PhocusWire 17 July 2018
Utrip, a personalization platform for travel, has been testing a destination discovery experience driven by artificial intelligence.
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Booking Holdings invests $500 million in Didi ground transport platform

PhocusWire 17 July 2018
Didi Chuxing has caught the eye of Booking Holdings, with a $500 million capital injection and a major strategic partnership.
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Certify snaps up travel expense tech platform Abacus

PhocusWire 17 July 2018
Certify, an expense management software specialist, has acquired real-time expense reporting system Abacus. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed and Certify says the acquisition will help it serve a more “diverse range of customers”.
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Desktop revenue for hotels trumps mobile despite dominance of traffic to devices

PhocusWire 16 July 2018
Revenue for hotel bookings via mobile devices still lags behind those made on a desktop, according to research from Bookassist.
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Artificial intelligence and the drive for an emotional connection with travelers

PhocusWire 12 July 2018
Amadeus is experimenting with a branch of artificial intelligence called "reinforced learning." The distribution giant is looking at ways to employ the machine learning technique in the travel industry with use cases in revenue management already being trialled.
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Seatfrog grabs $6 million round to bolster upgrade bidding app

PhocusWire 12 July 2018
Rail and air upgrade platform Seatfrog has secured a Series A investment to the tune of $6 million. The capital comes two years after its seed round of $1.2 million from Howzat Partners, the U.K.-based venture shop run by ex-Momondo execs David Soskin and Hugo Burge.
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CMAC Group buys taxi platform Cabfind

PhocusWire 11 July 2018
B2B taxi company Cabfind has been acquired by CMAC Group, a ground transport specialist. U.K.-based Cabfind has been around since 2002 and was acquired by Transdev in early 2015.
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STARTUP STAGE: Avionero aims to bring flexibility to flight search

PhocusWire 11 July 2018
Avionero is a flight search and price comparison site that uses artificial intelligence to help users find flights they might not have been directly searching for.
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Amadeus rolls out attribute-based selling with IHG

PhocusWire 11 July 2018
Attribute-based selling is a concept that has generated buzz in hospitality circles in recent years, and now Amadeus is implementing this strategy as part of its new guest reservation system being adopted by IHG. Iain Saxton, Amadeus senior vice president of product management for CRS and PMS, says IHG has been testing the system for some of its properties using a single attribute – bed type – and it is “going really well and actually helping with conversions.”
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Lodgify bags $5M to build vacation rental tech, eyes hotel market next

PhocusWire 10 July 2018
Vacation rental software company Lodgify has raised $5 million to develop its direct-booking technology. The Series A round was led by Intermedia Vermögensverwaltung, as well as existing investors Nauta Capital, Howzat Partners and angel investors, bringing the Barcelona-based company’s total funding to $7.3 million.
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QOTW: Something about a gap in accommodations

PhocusWire 6 July 2018
The hotel industry does not have adequate offers for millennial travelers; there is a huge gap between hotels and the ways people want to travel. This is why they are losing to Airbnb.
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Emirates customers can now use VR to explore plane cabins

PhocusWire 6 July 2018
Passengers flying on Emirates can now use virtual reality to explore seat options and cabin amenities. The 3D, 360-degree view is available for the three-class Emirates A380 but will soon include Emirates entire fleet including all configurations of the A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Customers can use the technology to “sit” in various seats in economy, business and first-class cabins as well as tour the onboard lounge and shower.
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Day of the independents - why chains are seeing tech-savvy competitors celebrate

PhocusWire 5 July 2018
As competition among hotels remains heated due to new construction and market saturation, independent hotels continue to thrive and outpace chain hotels. This is taking place in both growth and their average daily rate (ADR).
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VIDEO: Next generation of travel tech leaders

PhocusWire 4 July 2018
Generally, the current crop of leaders of the industry were brought up on the early days of ecommerce. They saw how consumers were initially reluctant to embrace elements such as online booking with credit cards, and then - to a lesser extent - the introduction of mobile technology.
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London attractions court Chinese tourists with new Alipay partnership

PhocusWire 3 July 2018
Merlin Entertainments, owner of popular attractions such as the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, the London Eye River Cruise and more, will now accept Alipay for the purchase of tickets and souvenirs for all of its London locations.
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Everything hotels need to know about calculating direct sales

PhocusWire 3 July 2018
Would you go on a diet without knowing or controlling your weight and without using scales? Then why, as a professional, do you want to boost your direct sales without knowing its cost?
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Lyft moves into bike-sharing with Motivate part-acquisition

PhocusWire 3 July 2018
Lyft claims it is on a path to "revolutionize urban transportation" with an agreement to acquire the technology and corporate functions of bike-sharing brand Motivate.
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Japan's LINE app is getting into the travel business

PhocusWire 2 July 2018
LINE, the most popular communication app in Japan with nearly 200 million active users per month, has created a travel booking site.
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Why technology is the key to a great customer experience for travelers

PhocusWire 2 July 2018
It’s a universally acknowledged fact that technology has influenced every aspect of human life, specifically over the last few years. This stands unambiguously true for travel industry. Remember the time when a "things‐to‐pack" list used to be very extensive ‐ camera, film rolls, Walkman, copies of important documents, maps, dictionary, etc. All these things can be carried in one tiny device called smartphone now!
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New trends in AI-driven predictive pricing and bundling

PhocusWire 2 July 2018
This personalized offer was created just for you! The concepts of personalization, big data analysis and dynamic pricing/offers have been discussed and debated in the press for a number of years, though limited evidence exists of any wide-level adoption in the travel industry today.

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