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Uber’s API dropped into both Marriott and Expensify


This week’s reveal of the Uber API marks the company’s latest push to become the dominant means of ground transportation across the business travel ecosystem – and third-party travel companies are eager to help.

ClickBus keeps rolling with $10 million in funding

Bus travel booking service ClickBus has received $10 million in funding from a group of investors including Tengelmann Ventures and Rocket Internet.

One in eight bookings at smaller hotels are made on mobile devices


The massive shift from desktop to mobile and tablet devices continues its rigorous pace, and the change is not limited to the major global hotel companies.

Webjet reports profit boost as mobile transaction value increases


Webjet.com.au and Zuji have helped report a profit for their mothership of $17.6 million, earnings for the latest 12 months show.

How can startups build relationships with the media


STARTUPS: In some respects with a tech media that is broadly supportive of the startup ecosystem it can be easy to get coverage.

Travel ecommerce set for a big leap in China as intermediaries invest aggressively


China’s general ecommerce sector continues to shine. with trade volume in the first half year reaching $0.92 trillion, up 30.1% year on year.

PressPlay raises $500k in novel bid for on-seat entertainment

New Delhi-based PressPlay Entertainment has raised a $500k angel round to expand its novel approach to in-seat entertainment for travelers in the world’s second-most populous country.

Study: At upscale hotels, guest acquisition costs are devouring room revenue growth

Guest acquisition costs are escalating at the same clip as room revenue growth, according to a new, multi-year study of upscale and luxury hotels in North America.

TripAdvisor and TripCase integrate with Uber so users can get to hotels and attractions


Interesting move from TripAdvisor as it puts Uber on its app and mobile website so users can find their way to restaurants, attractions and hotels.

Google tests new hotel search, pushes Hotel Price Ads to second click


Google has been testing an evolved hotel search layout, leaning more on its mobile layout for hotel search on the original desktop search page.

Will travel blogging as we know it fade into the sunset?

Travel bloggers are a large, migrant community constantly criss-crossing the globe. The one thing they all have in common is the dream of sharing their story with others.

Trip.me plots expansion following Series A funding

Itinerary planning startup Trip.me has announced undisclosed Series A funding led by Recruit Holdings of Japan.

Ryanair adds PayPal, Amadeus boosts booking system, Meta thumbs up, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for August 2014.

TripAdvisor integrates with Uber so users can get to hotels and attractions


Interesting move from TripAdvisor as it puts Uber on its app and mobile website so users can find their way to restaurants, attractions and hotels.

Anytime Taiwan on YouTube, American Airlines inks deal with INK, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel MARKETING in tourism and hospitality for August 2014.

Thomas Cook signs deal to keeps an eye on hotels via social monitoring

Thomas Cook has agreed a multi-year deal with TrustYou to keep a check on the online reputation of its 45,000+ hotel partners.

Expedia reveals travel data platform ambition with revamped tablet app


The Expedia brand has teased a new tablet app for Android and iOS, revealing a strategic move towards a more cohesive tablet experience that is at once more browsable as well as more bookable than anything prior.

Survey: Disruption in the travel industry is the new normal


When the industry talks about travel evolution, the discussion frequently turns to disruption. As a simple definition, disruption is any development that upgrades or replaces an outdated product or service or overturns traditional business models.

Travel technology, boutique bidding, and innovations in travel [VIDEO]

Travel technology, boutique bidding and innovations in travel from Airbnb and Concur were all recent topics of conversation on Bloomberg West network, demonstrating the continued interest in the technological underpinnings of the industry.

Drones are great for showing off a trip – just don’t mess about in China


Watch the video  Clearly 2014 is the year of the drone. And why shouldn’t it be given the uniqueness and general high quality of lots of the content.


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