Consolidation and deals – why 2013 is not great news so far for hoteliers

The Expedia and Travelocity partnership announced last month has many implications for the hotel industry.


With all the coverage and analysis of the Expedia-Travelocity deal last week, another major partnership at the European end of the industry has slipped under the radar.

comScore - South East Asia digital focus - online travel 2 tops (by unique visitors) in five out of six countries in Southeast Asia, reports comScore, a digital measurement company.


Hotel distribution is an intricate weave made up of systems and interfaces that looks impressive from a distance, but doesn’t make much sense when you are up close enough to see the detail.


There is a lot more to up-selling in the travel sector than simply trying to sell an extra room night or late check-in at a hotel.


Talk around merchandising and personalisation is all the rage across a number of travel sectors within the industry.


People usually build apps on top of the Twitter service, but heard of a (physical) hotel that’s built by using Twitter as a theme? Its exists for real.


Two of the largest online travel brands on the planet – and Expedia – have agreed to new guidelines which will give other web-based agencies the chance to offer reductions on hotels.


Keep your eye on the travel sector in Brazil. At least that is what some of the big global investment houses are thinking as Insight Venture Partners invests $20 million in Hotel Urbano.


Exactly 12 months ago, Travelport predicted the industry would start seeing some positive numbers in its financial performance during 2013. So what happened?


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