India is going to be a mobile-first country when it comes to the travel industry, says Google travel industry boss, Siddharth Dabhade.
While Google is (controversially) phasing out services such as Reader, it is also increasingly focussed on its core products, especially its travel-related tool Maps.
India: MakeMyTrip buys HotelTravel for $25M, RezNet debuts for hotels, and iXiGO grows in metasearch
Two eye-catching stories out of India: RezNext, a hotel distribution platform targeting Asian businesses first, has debuted, and India’s largest online travel agency by ticket volume, MakeMyTrip, has purchased travel site HotelTravel for $25 million.
Hipmunk lists private air taxi options and Google reveals that how Indians search mobile maps differently from Americans — all are in our roundup of the stories making news and driving opinion on 22 October.
Starting in April 2013, Emirates will no longer be constrained about walking all over the interests of Oneworld member British Airways, and other news from our daily roundup.
MakeMyTrip is India’s largest online travel agency by ticket volume. Here’s a round-up of what’s new with the company, which has grown its revenue 66% in the past year to $197 million and is headquartered in Gurgaon.
Deal time on the subcontinent, with Travelocity selling its hotel spin-off service TravelGuru to Yatra, one of the biggest online travel agencies in India.
TaxiForSure.com, a car rental and taxi aggregator operating in Bangalore, India, raised venture capital funding from Accel Partners, Helion Venture Partners and Blume Ventures.
It’s happening more frequently now — innovations in mobile are finding their way into travel companies’ desktop solutions.