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This is how many visitors hotels are losing to OTAs via paid search

In the fourth quarter of 2014, hotel brands lost an estimated 31,653 clicks per month to intermediaries bidding on their trademarks.

Are travellers really using mobile to act on impulse?

Statistics are funny things – they can be twisted and turned for greater impact and when it comes to use of mobile in travel there are volumes of them.

Can hotels use metasearch to compete against OTAs?

After several years of growth punctuated by major acquisitions, mergers, partnerships, and product launches, travel metasearch looks set to evolve rapidly in 2015 as the line with OTAs continues to blur.

Chinese outbound leisure trend shifts into the cities

IHG and Oxford Economics have released a report into the Chinese outbound travel market, predicting a shift towards long-haul international leisure travel in the next ten years or so.

IBM gives Apple to Air Canada, Starwood helps meetings planners, and more…

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

Data crunching who is using Twitter to give a new vision of a destination

Twitter might be a big echo chamber of noise at the best of times, but there is an enormous amount of data flowing through it.

HomeAway shares its game plan during its investor roadshow

Vacation rental giant HomeAway has been sending its executive team around the US this month to talk to rooms full of investors, to get the word out about its stock.

Loco2 adds Trenitalia, Busy Room optimises, RezTrip certifies AutoClerk, and more…

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

Control of TripAdvisor is not at risk in the near-term, says chairman

TripAdvisor’s fate is not entirely in its own control. But recent speculation about the company’s ownership seems to have been overheated.

Google to rank brands with Android apps higher in mobile searches

Developers, pay attention: Google has changed its ranking algorithm for mobile searches and will prioritize results for those brands with Android apps installed on the searcher’s phone.

The new Ryanair – a mobile-first travel retailer

Ryanair is promising “a big investment in digital and a big investment in data” this year as it enters the second year of its “Always Getting Better” approach.

Six ways to connect user-generated content with marketing

Ready to integrate that beautiful picture of a guest enjoying your hotel’s pool into your marketing mix?

Abacus signs Jet, Travelport opens up airport connections, and more…

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

From pizza parlour to global beast of the industry – that would be…

There are many aspects of the TripAdvisor story which are well known – the fact that CEO Steve Kaufer co-founded the business above a pizza shop.

Options Away, an airfare lock startup, raises $3.5 million

Options Away, a provider of a service for locking in airfares as a hedge against airline price hikes, has locked in $3.5 million of fresh funding.

THack Berlin – winners, presentations, pictures and more

Nearly 100 developers took part in our debut hackathon in Germany, conveniently timed ahead of this week’s ITB Berlin extravaganza.

Android to become central nervous system — including seamless translation into any language

Seamless translation into any language via a “lightweight wearable” could soon be a reality, suggested Google’s mobile czar Sundar Pichai during today’s session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

CreateTrips adds to seed round, explores b2b potential

Trip planning mobile application CreateTrips has added $800,000 to its seed funding bringing the total to US$1.4 million.

Zip lining through the Amazon is Google’s next StreetView trick

Google is constantly sending its StreetView bubble — called a Trekker — around the world to document every last nook and cranny of the planet.

Google Flights comes out of beta, but still isn’t profitable

Google Flights, the travel metasearch tool, has officially come out of beta. The Flights product now appears as an option within the Google products dropdown menu.