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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes in sad setback for private space travel

The Virgin Galactic winged spaceship designed to take tourists on trips beyond Earth’s atmosphere crashed during a test flight above the Mojave Desert.

Five considerations for hotel companies before buying from a tech startup

There are a myriad of hotel technology startups in the market these days. Times are good, people are traveling and wallets are opening.

Ryanair updates app with languages, mTrip updates white label apps, HotelTonight integrates Apple Pay, and more…

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

Rezdy confirms offline dominates tours and activities bookings

Australian tours and activities platform Rezdy has released some stats from its clients which show that offline bookings are still way ahead of online, with mobile’s share of these online bookings increasing very slowly indeed.

Expedia reports strong third quarter earnings

Expedia Inc, one of the world’s largest online travel conglomerates, is doing better than expected. The Bellevue, Washington-based company posted its third-quarter results today, with a gain that beat Wall Street and its own forecasts.

Unravelling a new trend for travel startups – crowdfunding for investment

So it’s been a long six months and we have been meeting investors and venture capital firms across US, India and Middle East.

Digital revamp at Accor: mobile first, buys Wipolo, runs hacks

Accor has earmarked Euros 225 million over the next five years to fund a company-wide digital transformation which covers guests, staff and hotels.

Travel writers rejoice – Hong Kong loves you

Research group GfK has unearthed some surprising findings about Hong Kong travellers, including the popularity of travel magazines.

Prestbury adopts Dolphin, Rezgo gets responsive, and more…

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

Startup pitch: HotelPower touts hotel discounts if you join its club

Imagine getting a room at San Francisco’s Parc 55 Wyndham in Union Square for $387 a night — 24% off the $510 retail rate.

Lean IT thinking enters the Amadeus vernacular

Amadeus’ desire to position itself as a thought leader for the travel technology sector sees the release of its latest discussion document, a 23-page look at the theory and practice of “lean IT” in the travel industry.

Fans and followers slip down the list in airline social media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Airlines say they are planning to invest more in their social media efforts according to the latest findings in the SimpliFlying airline social media study.

Reinventing the online tourism board – no longer all about you

It takes a lot for any type of travel-related brand to admit they got something wrong – but it’s rare for a government-backed tourism board.

Fastbooking in talks over sale to IHS

IHS Worldwide, owner of the WorldHotels and Trust International hospitality brands, is planning to buy hotel tech company Fastbooking.

Ryanair attacks eDreams Odigeo, which fires back

Today there was yet a further sign that airlines feel they have a stronger hand in haggling with online travel agencies than they used to.

Hipmunk now powers Yahoo Travel; TimeshareAdvisor adds rentals; and more…

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

TripAdvisor steps into personalization with Just For You hotel product

Personalization continues to be pursued relentlessly in travel, from legitimate attempts to tailor products to more murky user-based pricing manipulations.

Yelp continues European growth strategy with acquisition of CityVox

Yelp is clearly executing a growth strategy via acquisitions in Europe. The company has folllowed last week’s purchase of Restaurant-Kritik with an acquisition of France’s biggest review site, Cityvox.

RIP web marketing and six other digital marketing trends

I live and breathe internet marketing. I don’t have any hidden powers or know something that is not already public knowledge.

Alibaba earthquake: new travel URL, signs Agoda, ApplePay hint

Alibaba Group is setting its considerable sights on the Chinese online travel sector -  and Ctrip in particular – with a new brand,, launched to replace Taobao Travel.