Virtual Tourist, Apple-WifiSlam, Cleartrip, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Monarch Airlines, Knok, Comcast Business Hospitality, Hotwire, Dolphin Dynamics, TigerBay, Egencia, Concur and InterContinental Hotels Group all make our round up of travel tech news
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Priceline calls out CheapOair for inflated savings claims, Hotwire says consumer usage has doubled of its opaque hotels service, and more news briefs from the travel trade.
Solid month for Expedia as it increased its lead at the top of the leading travel websites in the US, with Orbitz and Kayak climbing in the table.
Strong third financial quarter for Expedia Inc and its myriad of brands, especially in terms of growing the international businesses, with a 17% jump in revenues on the same period last year.
A perfect storm, some might suggest, has hit the travel industry in recent years – one driven by economic challenges, rapid rise of personal technology and impact of social media.
Both Expedia and Southwest Airlines saw their market leading positions at the top of the leading travel websites in the US eroded during August.
Hotwire has leapfrogged over Orbitz to become the third most popular online travel agency in the US behind sister-brand Expedia and Priceline.
Members of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flyer program can now use their miles to get unpublished hotel rates through Hotwire.
The five leading online travel brands in the US all saw their share of the agency category fall last week but each held its position in top ten.