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eDreams Odiego suspends share trading in rough post-IPO year


Shares of online travel platform eDreams Odiego were suspended by the Spanish stock exchange on Friday after a dramatic decline in the share price.

Startup pitch: Cosmopolit Home puts fresh twist on house-swapping

Home exchange is a decades-old idea that’s being given new life thanks to Cosmopolit Home, a one-year old French startup.

Yelp locks down Germany with purchase of Restaurant-Kritik

In order to boost growth and profitability, Yelp has been expanding its community of restaurant and business reviews internationally.

Cheat sheet to the NDC Innovation Fund, run by IATA and Travel Capitalist Ventures

On October 15, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and private equity and venture capital firm Travel Capitalist Ventures said they were launching an investment fund for startups: the NDC Innovation Fund.

Uber reaps positive PR bonanza after Manila sting

Uber has ruffled feathers around the globe, with its latest PR and regulatory battle being fought out in the Philippines capital of Manila.

Facebook and WhatsApp most popular for Asia Pacific travellers [INFOGRAPHIC]


Accor Hotels has surveyed more than 6,500 travellers from the Asia Pacific region to produce its second Social Media Monitor highlighting behaviour across the various social networks.

Rezgo gets responsive, Multicom signs with Travelport and Gold Medal, Duetto in APAC, and more…

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

Hovelstay – yes, Hovelstay – nets $1.2M for its cheap lodging platform


A treehouse yurt. A tent in a Hawaiian forest. A FEMA-certified dome. These are some of the examples of quirky places to rent for under $99 a night via Hovelstay, a Glendale, Calif.,-based startup.

Cheat sheet to the NDC Innovation Fund, run by IATA and Travel Capitalist Ventures

On October 15, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and private equity and venture capital firm Travel Capitalist Ventures said they were launching an investment fund for startups: the NDC Innovation Fund.

More than tech needed to secure Internet of Things-led devices


SYSTEMS: The so-called Internet of Things is wonderful, right? It allows (or will do eventually) our glittering array of devices and other bits of technology to talk to one another and make digital and real lives even better than they already are.

Groupon steps into battle for local on mobile with new Pages product

Taking a “page” from the Yellow Pages, merchant deals brand Groupon has announced a new product called “Pages” that brings together seven million merchants in one place.

The art of the pitch: the travel industry doesn’t care about your exit strategy

I’ve sat through, and sometimes judged, many pitch competitions in the travel industry over the last few years.

Air New Zealand ends The Hobbit trilogy with self-proclaimed best in-flight safety video ever


Watch the video  All good things must come to an end. Air New Zealand is concluding its three-year tie up with The Hobbit film trilogy with “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”.

Lufthansa to outsource its IT services to IBM

Lufthansa Group says it may shortly sell its IT infrastructure division to IBM, while also outsourcing its IT infrastructure services to IBM for seven years.

Apple Maps Connect gives businesses control of listings – and a way to register iBeacons


Apple received serious flak for its disastrous rollout of Apple Maps two years ago (read more about that here), and has finally wised up by allowing businesses to claim and alter their listings on the brand’s eponymous mapping service.

MeetingsBooker.com raises Euro 1 million in latest funding round


MeetingsBooker.com has raised  Euro 1 million in its latest financing, with plans to use the cash infusion to further fuel growth and hire an additional 25 employees in customer service, IT and marketing.

Skyscanner buys its way further into mobile with Distinction acquisition

Skyscanner has once again acquired a company to boost a strand of its strategy – this time Hungarian mobile software agency, Distinction.

Is the new sharing economy in travel a democracy or a republic?


It seems like for as long as we have had the internet there has been talk of how it can and is “democratizing” anything and everything.

eHi’s $25m investment in taxi app revealed

Hat-tips galore to the Asian tech media for unearthing another taxi app investment – eHi spent $25m this April buying an 8.4% stake in Kuaidi Dache.

Deamlines cruise site buys scale in Australia

Dreamlines, an online cruise portal with global ambitions, has bought two Australian cruise sites for an undisclosed sum.


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