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American Express boosts traveler care with enhanced traveler management

Product rollouts at the annual Global Business Travel Association conference in Los Angeles have begun, and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced updates that enhance the current business travel product.

Airbnb goes after business traveller, seals deal with Concur

It was only a matter  of time before Concur and Airbnb formed some sort of partnership and today the wait is over.

Solomon Airlines and AirAsia select Amadeus solutions, Sabre renews with Hilton and more

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

Hilton will let you pick a room and unlock its door with your mobile device

Hilton is giving its mobile apps a major upgrade. By end of this summer, Hilton Worldwide will enable guests to pick their room after they check in on the company’s branded apps.

What travel brands should know about the changing face of digital China

As China rises to be the largest travel market in the world, brands need to understand how to participate in China’s digital media to attract and convert consumers.

The Flight Tonight app aims to bring spontaneity to the masses

Last-minute airfare search app Flight Tonight — which operates like a HotelTonight for plane tickets — has debuted in the Apple App Store.

Are you missing a market the size of China?

Disabled customers are struggling to research and book their holidays because websites are not accessible, according to a report published this week by digital accessibility specialists AbilityNet.

Smart bracelets for Ushuaia Beach, CWT app gets gamification treatment, and more

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

On demand taxi hailing service Easy Taxi raises $40 million

Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet‘s mobile-based on demand taxi hailing company, has raised $40 million in Series D funding led by Phenomen Ventures, with participation from Tengelmann Ventures.

Mobile bookings continue to show strength for hotel brands

Consumers are eager to use smartphones to book and are increasingly trusting devices to complete these transactions.

Why good hotels have bad WiFi, and how to avoid them

Few people depend on strong Wi-Fi networks as much as developers and engineers. So it is no surprise that many of these technology professionals have strong opinions about hotels that fail to deliver on their promises of high-speed internet.

OECD releases latest data on global access to data subscriptions

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its latest data on access to mobile data subscriptions globally.

The wait is over, tours and activities finally hits the big time

Our long nightmare is over. Tours and activities finally gets the big market move it has so desperately needed: TripAdvisor has snapped up Viator.

Essential Travel slapped with hefty fine for data protection breach

Essential Travel (Think W3) has been served with a £150,000 fine from UK data protection body, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Indian online travel agencies – mobile, holiday package challenges, and more

In a recent conference run by Singapore Tourism Board and WebInTravel in Bangalore, India, three of the the country’s leading online travel agencies discussed past challenges, mobile trends and more.

Airline marketing trends – Tech influence, crowdsourcing, visuals and virals [VIDEOS]

Airlines have been constantly rolling out various marketing campaigns that cater to the ever changing behaviour of travellers and technology changes.

China online travel: trip research, expectations, experience sharing

More than half of Chinese international travellers now book hotel accommodation via the web or mobile apps, according to a study.

TripAdvisor acquires Viator, the tours and activities agency for $200M

Viator, one of the largest online tours-and-activities booking agencies, said today that it has been acquired by TripAdvisor, the user-reviews giant, for approximately $200 million — mostly in cash.

HomeAway had OK earnings and will market itself as a lifestyle brand

Vacation rental giant HomeAway’s second quarter 2014 results matched expectations. It reported adjusted earnings per share of 15 cents — as opposed to consensus estimates of 15 cents a share, as averaged by Factset.

Google Maps to offer Explore functionality in direct competition for local discovery

The travel space has long been in search of a winner in the local discovery space, especially as the smartphone fuels more local and contextual interest.