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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
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>>We had speculated before that Ctrip might use its newly acquired Trip.com domain for its own agency listings, displacing the travel recommendation service it recently bought. By de-emphasizing its Chinese origin, it may hope to ingratiate itself with more Western travelers: Ctrip Relaunches Trip.com as Its English Language Travel Agency Brand
>>What do a debate over landing pages, the acquisition of Momondo, a shift into hotel software services, and regulators forcing changes in online travel agency contracts have in common? Each of those seemingly unrelated things may have pushed Priceline to toggle back its spending on Trivago: Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory
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>>New perks coming for Chase cardholders should make it more attractive to many travelers. How will American Express respond? Chase Introduces New Travel Perks for Credit Card Holders — Business of Loyalty
>>Is this only the beginning of the beginning of online travel? With a recent downbeat set of results from online travel agencies, it’s a question that’s hotly debated these days: Video: Travel Investors on Why Booking Sites Still Have Plenty of Room for Growth
>>Cyber security is not a priority for most meeting planners, but experts warn that it’s just a matter of time before the industry is hit with a major breach. Both attendees and event professionals can take steps to protect themselves: The Meetings Industry Is Not Worried Enough About Cybersecurity
>>IATA’s New Distribution Capability appears to finally be gaining traction in corporate travel. Airlines want it to succeed as much as travel management companies, which will have access to a greater amount of content like seat upgrades and other ancillary products: Hogg Robinson Thinks It Has a Technology Edge on Its Corporate Travel Competitors
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>>Cybersecurity comes in many forms. Event planners and venues need to do more protect their systems, but attendees can also shield their personal and business information with a little effort: Digital Security Comes Into Focus — Meetings Innovation Report