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Concur, SAP, data and the pivoting of corporate travel

The rumoured bidding war is over – Germany-based SAP emerged as the victor in the battle to acquire Concur.

Voyage Prive subsidiary acquires Darjeelin, plans human travel search engine

Darjeelin, a France-based startup which describes itself as a crowd-sourced travel agency has been acquired by l’Officiel des Vacances, a travel deals site.

Spottly raises seed round for video-based social travel app

Spottly, a mobile social travel app based around video has raised $850,000 in seed funding. Investors in the Hong Kong-based startup include incubator 500Startups, Cherubic Ventures, Gobi Partners and a number of angel investors.

Metasearch and spaghetti sauce – a little attention goes a long way

Who remembers Sidestep? This was probably the first metasearch tool I used and a few years before Kayak emerged in 2006 (Kayak acquired Sidestep in 2007).

KLM has a view on the passenger experience in 2020

One of the issues when predicting how the future might unfold, especially in travel, is that fairly often the trends being identified are already being played out.

HitchHiker and Ypsilon go virtual with eNett, Ryanair partners with Navtech, and more…

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

SAP to buy Concur for $8.3 billion

Enterprise software giant SAP will spend $8.3 billion to get its hands on corporate travel and expense management tech company, Concur.

Startup pitch: Virgo says “book a hotel, get a free airport ride”

No matter what your astrological sign is, Virgo, a new US travel service, has an offer for you: “Book a hotel, get a free ride.” The new brand is a pivot for a startup team that, in 2012, built Guestmob, a semi-opaque hotel-booking platform that used predictive-pricing algorithms to deliver a Hotwire-style service.

WEBINAR VIDEO – How to accelerate partnerships and generate revenue with API management

As omnichannel distribution in the travel industry becomes increasingly part of the new world order, it is critical for large enterprises to keep a solid grasp on customers and maintain reach across travel sites and channels.

Wanted: Developers, thinkers, visionaries

Do you have what it takes to help shape the future of travel? Join Amadeus on Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9 in Waltham (near Boston), Massachusetts, and compete for a chance to win cash prizes.

Latest analysis of digital media consumption shows mismatch of ad dollars

American consumers continue to be engrossed in digital media – especially on social networks – yet advertisers are not matching ad dollars to digital time spent, shows the latest analysis.

HomeAway expands with Expedia, listing over 100k home rentals

In a presentation at vacation rental technology confab RezFest, HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples announced an expansion of the initial pilot with Expedia.

Pintrips adds Skyscanner, Thomson unveils smile campaign, rebrand, and more…

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

Test and see: how mobile at a global hotel powerhouse is boosting the bottom line

One thing we hear a lot of in the hospitality industry is that service and customer experience is where it begins and ends.

Et voila! TripAdvisor serves up Instant Reservation for restaurants

TripAdvisor‘s mantra is “Speed wins.” So it’s unsurprising that the user-generated giant has already digested its acquisition of European restaurant booking platform lafourchette, which it purchased in May.

Mobile insights from ClearTrip: 40% traffic, 30% transactions

Timing is everything – ClearTrip has released its first-ever Quarterly Insights on Mobile a few days after what the Indian OTA claims was its “busiest ever week on mobile”.

Travelport gets South African Airways for Rich Content, FreeToBook gets TripAdvisor instant booking green light, and more…

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

Russia tipped for government-backed hotel booking site

Domestic tourism in Russia could benefit from a state-backed online booking portal, although two Russian OTAs have different views about whether this is the best way to persuade Russians to holiday at home.

Startup pitch: Hotel Room Alerts surfaces hotel availability via text and e-mail

The problem is familiar to many business travelers: every hotel near  the convention’s location is sold out, and the only way to secure a last-minute opening is to re-search regularly.

Better decisions through travel big data – a DMO story

Big data is a fashionable concept and Europe is just at the beginning of this phenomenon, could travel data be the next “online marketing” of the industry?