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The Scan: Vayama reboots its international flight metasearch, Hipmunk reboots its hotel search, and more news

Hipmunk, Vayama, TVTrip, Leading Hotels of the World, Hostelworld, RyanAir, Easyjet, Kulula Airlines, OpenJaw, and AvailPro all get mentioned in our roundup of the short news items driving opinion on 14 November. 

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Metasearch site Vayama has done a reboot of its website, putting fresh, visual spins on how it presents its listings for international flight bookings. The beta site now has four ways to search for international flights – quick search, map view, grid view and list view. It produces results in a tenth-of-a-second, unlike the previous waiting times of up to half-a-minute, says the company.

During the beta, the tool will work for 100 origin and destination combinations from five U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. As Tnooz previously reported, Amadeus is testing flight search tech on Vayama.

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Yesterday California startup Hipmunk, which specialises in presenting booking options in a visual way, replaced its slow and confusing hotel booking tool with a redesigned tool. One of the biggest changes is that Hipmunk is now letting users book and check-out while remaining on the site, thanks to partner APIs, where available.

The old Hipmunk hotels tool had a long list of properties, color-coded by affordability and plotted in various neighbourhoods. Users could activate a “heat map” to see which parts of town were best for various interests, such as “nightlife.”

The new site encourages users to pick the type of traveller they are, such as “family,” business,” or “gay,” and then see neighbourhoods where those types of travellers may feel most at home, with pop-up descriptions of the districts written by freelance writers.

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Booking site Hostelworld.com has signed a connectivity agreement with Availpro, a French hotel booking technology provider. AvailPro says that Hostelworld is the 110th distributor it has signed up, and that so far in 2012 Availpro has serviced €438 million in bookings.

Dublin’s OpenJaw Technologies, which provides Internet booking systems for travel brands by routing around global distribution systems, has signed up South African airline, kulula.com, to sell ancillaries, such as vacation packages. The airline is the largest online travel retailer in South Africa.

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“Ryanair is the worst for customer service, Easyjet is best.” That’s the word from an unscientific survey of 340 air travellers by Budget Airline Watch and WhichBudget took part in summer 2012.

Paris-based TVtrip‘s subsidiary TVTrip Premium has been picked the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) to film its properties worldwide.

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Sean O'Neill

About the Writer :: Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is a New Jersey-based reporter for Tnooz. He's also a regular contributor to BBC Travel.

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  1. Johann Thorsson (for Dohop.com)

    Although… after fiddling about with Hipmunk’s new and “improved” hotel search, I’d have to conclude that something is wrong with the site? Only three hotels at a time? With no photos, and no information?

    Surely this is a mistake.

     
    • Sean

      They’re deliberately pushing three hotels per neighbourhood and traveller demographic. If you click on different parts of the map, you’ll usually see a different set of three hotels. But I didn’t find it intuitive on a desktop setting to do that… perhaps on a tablet it would be different. What do you think?

       
      • Martin Rusteberg

        not intuitive at all with a selection that does not fit my preferences. map results centers on the outskirts or airports at times. great idea, though, to show neighborhoods based on travel interest.

        still, I don’t get the hype around hipmunk with them ignoring a huge chunk of airlines for their flights meta-search.

         
  2. Johann Thorsson (for Dohop.com)

    Both sites look great. Especially liking Hipmunk’s new hotel UI.

     
  3. Martino

    “unscientific”?? I even put my lab coat on! :)

     
    • Sean O'Neill

      Sean O'Neill

      I knew you’d be bothered by that word, Martino, but it wasn’t the same thing as a YouGov/Gallup/Pew type survey, with more respondents and results carefully projected onto a statistically representative proportion of the population. Sorry.

       
      • Martino @ WhichBudget

        I fully agree with you Sean. In all honesty, we expected a much higher response. That said, with WhichBudget’s audience being so targeted, we felt that even 340 respondents (there were actually 400, but we disregarded 60 as blank/invalid) was a good response. Anyways, I honestly don’t think a scientific body would have got results much different from what we got. Hence, the smiley: :)

         
        • Sean O'Neill

          Sean O'Neill

          Great response, Martino. And thanks for sharing such an interesting study!!!

           
 
 

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