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Business travellers more connected to ecommerce than general population

Research and analysis from Adara has uncovered some interesting (and perhaps surprising) digital trends surrounding the average business traveller.

Startups – do yourself a favour and don’t write business plans

STARTUPS: What’s perhaps one of the first things that the founders of a startup do? They normally get an idea that they think – or presume – will get some traction and then invariably pull together some kind of business plan to push it into the realm of making revenue and, hopefully, profits.

Sabre analyses new VP, Net Trans shake-up, Amadeus new APAC boss, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for people moves in tourism and hospitality for July 2015: Wednesday 29 July 2015: Sabre hires data VP Zul Sidi will become vice president of enterprise data and analyitcs, joining from Rogers Communications in Canada where he held a similar role.

Six million products and counting – AllTheRooms adds Couchsurfing

Accommodation aggregator AllTheRooms has taken another step towards its ambitious plan to list “every room, everywhere” by integrating Couchsurfing inventory into its search results.

Amadeus upgrades Caribbean Airlines, Travelport circles Radius Travel, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for July 2015.

Skyscanner tests bookings on air tickets, claims huge jump in conversions

The trend to give users the chance to make bookings on metasearch engines continues – with Skyscanner confirming it has joined the fray in recent months.

Deep dive into last-minute online hotel booking habits

Let’s face it, before HotelTonight and chums came along the big boys of online travel had probably never even considered carving out a niche for last-minute hotel bookings.

Kayak strikes Apple Watch hour, Air Canada on the ARC mobile curve, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for July 2015.

Changeyourflight changes to Caravelo, raises cash

Barcelona-based airline software business Changeyourflight has rebranded as Caravelo and picked up €1 million from backers including the VC arm of Hahn Air.

Malcolm Gladwell on what data fails to tell Facebook, Airbnb and Snapchat

SYSTEMS: The principles and practices around Big Data apparently give brands and individuals a new way of understanding consumers and their behaviour.

Startup pitch: Everbooked brings Big Data to Airbnb rental management

Everbooked is a demand-based pricing service for owners of Airbnb short-term rentals. The Oakland, Calif.-based startup says it is one of the first companies to bring “big data” to the vacation rental industry.

Build trust with your hotel guests in four steps

Hotel guests today expect their interactions with brands to be personal and relevant to their interests.

The where and the why of the global startup ecosystem

STARTUPS: There are plenty of pluses and minuses associated with any so-called startup ecosystem, dependent on factors such as their ability to integrate into existing business and social structures, overall impact on the economy and likelihood of nurturing genuine businesses.

Lufthansa retail exposure with Travelport, Sabre sonic boost for Virgin Australia, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for July 2015.

Ryanair wants to sell flights on other airlines on its site [UPDATED]

Ryanair, which recently adopted a (relatively) more customer-friendly approach, is also changing its tactics toward some of its competitors.

Investors pour $16M into Tripping, a vacation rental search engine

Tripping has raised $16 million in Series B financing. The company also hit an inventory record of more than 5 million property listings.

Travelport circles Radius Travel, Musement activates hotel activities, Traxo squares with Cornerstone, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for July 2015.

Ibobo ramps up global bus GDS plans via Malaysia/Singapore

Indian travel group Ibobo has stepped up its ambitions to operate a global, GDS-type product for buses, launching its redBus business into Malaysia and Singapore.

Lufthansa debuts direct corporate booking, first via Concur

Lufthansa, the German national carrier, has signed a deal to open a direct connect with Concur, the maker of software for travel-and-expense management.

How the billion dollar club startups looked at Series A

STARTUPS: It is perhaps easy to forget that even the companies that leave many commentators gasping for breath at their brilliance were once just like many other startups.