US independent hotels thriving in secondary markets with strong YoY growth in demand and ADR, but branded properties still dominate

For the third consecutive year, Expedia Group data shows that independent hotels in the United States of America (USA) are continuing to experience demand growth…..

How to deliver the booking experience business travellers crave? CWT’s hotel distribution channel RoomIt thinks it has the answer

To ensure traveller satisfaction is among the top five goals for travel managers, RoomIt and Best Western have commissioned research to determine exactly what business…..

Booking and KAYAK interweave while Expedia and Booking remain industry titans

Booking Holdings continues to grow its brands, and has recently worked to create links between its KAYAK and OpenTable platforms. Prior to becoming Booking Holdings,…..

Amazon enters flight bookings. Is this the beginning of the biggest ever potential upheaval in airline distribution?

For several years since the advent of the large data aggregators like Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, there has been speculation about the potential for…..

United Airlines and Expedia: A severing of ties or a prolonged tiff?

United Airlines appears to be ratcheting up rhetoric against Expedia in the latest US airline salvo against extracting better terms with third party sellers. But…..

Airbnb buys HotelTonight. Battling OTAs and moving into flights….

Airbnb is accumulating a heap of data around our accommodation and travel habits. That we know; as every new user adds a layer to the…..

US OTAs are seeking inroads into Asia Pacific, expanding into the activities market and determining the value of voice technology

This year promises to be an interesting time in the United States of America (USA) online travel agency market (OTA) as the biggest players aim…..

More than two thirds of travellers use online review sites, but word of mouth is still ‘very important’ for half of travellers

The recently published ‘Consumer Travel Insights 2019’ report series from benchmarking specialist STR has revealed several key findings regarding traveller motivations and budgeting, emphasis on…..

Metasearch is increasingly delivering ‘visibility’ and ‘direct bookings’ to independent properties, but third-party dependence and tech-adoption remain hurdles

The growth of metasearch and a shift to digital marketing activities, has helped independent lodging properties recover some lost ground when it comes to driving…..

Despite challenges, OTA bookings climb in Europe and more than a third will be completed via mobile websites and apps by 2022

Despite economic and political challenges in the region, Europe’s travel market continues to expand and gross travel bookings were expected to climb 2% for the…..