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Commuter effect takes hold in travel as iPhone browsing overtakes iPad

A couple of interesting nuggets come out of recent research on mobile browsing and transactions. The aptly named ‘Eclipse of the Desktop’ mobile web survey shows that mobile traffic to travel websites in June was 50.28% compared with 42.95% in June 2014.

Samba time for São Paulo developers – THack makes its Brazilian debut

The Brazilian city of São Paulo will host our first hackathon in South America, our third continent in as many months.

Startup pitch: Simpki delivers hip, multimodal metasearch for weekend trips in Europe

Simpki is a consumer travel service that promises to filter more than 400,000 options for weekend vacations in Europe within “one click and two minutes’s of time”, offering recommendations that are adapted to the budget and style of individual travelers.

Oyo Rooms, with a CEO who’s 21, nabs $100M Softbank-led investment

Oyo Rooms, a booking platform for budget hotels in Southeast Asia, has received a $100 million investment round that was led by SoftBank Group, a Japanese conglomerate that owns Sprint.

Tujia, China’s HomeAway and Airbnb hybrid, closes $300M round

Tujia, a vacation rental platform with a minority stake owned by HomeAway and with short-term listings that are like Airbnb’s, has closed a $300 million round.

Amadeus further boosts hospitality arm with acquisition of Hotel SystemsPro

Amadeus is building out its hotel industry services through the acquisition of Hotel SystemsPro, with terms of the deal undisclosed.

Online travel growth in China shows no sign of slowing down

Research from Macquarie Group into the online travel market in China has identified packages as the sector with the greatest potential.

Viator swims with Dolphin, LateRooms means business, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for August 2015: Monday 3 August 2015 Dolphin gets active UK-based Dolphin Dynamics has linked up with Viator and integrated the tours and activities specialist’s inventory into its selling platforms.

Reflections on Ryanair’s mobile website…

Ryanair quietly launched its first mobile booking website last month. This follows CEO Michael O’Leary’s announcement in its 2014 annual report that the carrier will no longer “allow” competitors to “develop better websites and mobile platforms than those at Ryanair”.

In a test, Google Now trials hotel price drop alerts

In a test, Google has prototyped a service that alerts Android users about drops in a hotel rate in the day or so after a reservation is made.

Uber devotes an extra $1 billion to ramp up India operations

Uber has confirmed that it has earmarked another  $1 billion  for the Indian market and is confident that there will be one million Uber rides a day in India within the next six to nine months.

Expedia likes Google instant book, HomeAway, and Chinese affiliate sales

Expedia Inc has released its second quarter earnings. (Here are the topline financial numbers.) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi held a conference call with investors.

Amadeus air flies, but hotels and rail stay under the radar

Amadeus has reported a strong six months, operationally and financially, with airlines still dominating the business.

MakeMyTrip targets market share, mobile skyrockets, buys again

MakeMyTrip has started to prioritise market share and transaction growth, in response to the “unprecedented smartphone penetration” in the Indian market.

Expedia’s CEO talks about Google, HomeAway, Ryanair, and the Chinese market

Expedia Inc has released its second quarter earnings. (Here are the topline financial numbers.) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi held a conference call with investors.

WEBINAR VIDEO – How to make mobile travel booking six times faster

Online travel agency bookings have undergone a massive shift. For the first six months of 2014, over 40 percent of consumers booked travel reservations.

TripFactory raises $10M for its vacation package platform

TripFactory, a vacation package seller, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Aarin Capital, backed by Manipal Group’s Ranjan Pai and T V Mohandas Pai.

Big Data unravels best time to target travellers with marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

More fuel for the marketer’s engine with some major crunching of numbers to understand the differences in the booking behaviour of travellers.

Thomas Cook starts to see tablet/mobile bookings take off

Tour operator Thomas Cook has said that one-third of bookings made online from the UK and Netherlands are coming from tablets or mobile devices.

The Billboard Effect is dead, says a study of hotels listed on OTAs

A new study on how US travelers book hotels online contradicts earlier research on the topic. It suggests that a much-touted “billboard effect” for hotels listed on online travel agency (OTA) websites may no longer exist.