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Who is the most ambitious CEO in the universe?

SYSTEMS: Every CEO will always claim they are a least one of the following things – driven, ambitious, innovative, team-player, motivator.

Priceline maintains focus on reducing friction for local experiences, no plans to become the next Oracle

Priceline has been kicking it up into another gear over the past year, locking in acquisitions of OpenTable, Buuteeq, and HotelNinjas in a bid to improve the ultimate traveler experience.

Uber and Jetblue are leading a dumbing down of travel

This is the story of two brands in travel. One respected, one trying to get respect. One is Uber, the other is JetBlue.

Open booking in 2020: Fulfilling the prophecy of travel expense management

Six years doesn’t sounds like much. But in corporate travel, it’s a lifetime. NB: This is a viewpoint by Ethan Laub, founder of open booking startup TripScanner.

The Downfall of online travel startups [VIDEO]

Watch the video  It was only a matter of time before some cynic in the industry decided the travel startup ecosystem was worth parodying.

Thomas Cook augments reality, Cape Air opts for Amadeus, Rezgo offers dynamic pricing, and more…

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

Roomer closes $5M round, begins reselling hotel reservations on metasearch

Roomer, the secondary market for non-refundable hotel reservations, has received a $5 million Series A equity investment round, led by venture fund Disruptive.

White labels are the place – and Dohop are soaring is a rare entity in that it has secured an extension with Ryanair to continue providing accommodation to the carrier’s website.

CarTrawler drives into to a new world outside of car rental

CarTrawler, the Ireland-based car rental technology provider, says it is making a big move “beyond rental” in 2015.

Ssshhh – five secret ingredients for a successful hackathon

Our team started participating in hackathons in an exploratory fashion. But over the past four years we have been continuously refining what we believe are the ingredients to succeed when participating in a hackathon.

Reservations provider Chope acquires queuing service Ticktock

Asia’s The Chope Group, which specializes in restaurant reservations, has acquired queuing system Ticktock.

Airbnb expands Weekend Getaways product globally

After an initial test in the LA and SF markets, the Weekend Getaways product has been rolled out globally by accommodations behemoth Airbnb.

Not just the US – Amazon probably looking to scale up hotel inventory overseas

Rumors that Amazon might finally be weighing in on the travel industry in a serious way shouldn’t be at all surprising.

Dreamlines cruise booking service steams into new Euro 20 million investment round

Online cruise search and booking brand Dreamlines has secured another round of investment from a heavyweight roster of backers.

Taking back control of the direct channel for hotels

Hotels and resorts – especially independents – are facing skyrocketing costs of distribution on third-party channels, cutting in to your margin and overall success.

The global sharing economy in travel – an interactive guide

Such has been the enormous growth in the so-called sharing economy that it’s been difficult to keep up.

Travel search and shopping: Is the industry hitting the mark?

A recent survey conducted by Amadeus and Tnooz highlighted that overall the industry and online travel companies in general are doing a fine job with travel search and shopping efforts, but there is still a way to go.

What travelers hate the most about their travel apps during holidays

Testing specialists Soasta have delivered another Holiday Traveler Behavior Study, outlining the areas of peak frustration for mobile travelers.

Points as cash: How to do a better job protecting loyalty accounts

The early November hack of an unknown number of members’ rewards in Hilton’s HHonors™ program was a wake-up call to the travel industry about the looming threat of online hackers, who are now turning their attention to a valuable digital currency: the points, miles and rewards stored digitally in members’ loyalty programs.

The two sides of ground transportation disruption

Legacy ground transportation has truly been disrupted in just the past few years. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Hailo, Sidecar and Gett, alongside Indian startup Olacabs and Didi Dache in China and dozens of others are competing head-on with traditional taxi and limo business.