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European Regulators Probe Travel Distribution and 16 Other Digital Trends This Week

European Regulators Probe Travel Distribution and 16 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, European Commission antitrust regulators are investigating the business practices of distribution-tech providers Amadeus and Sabre. We also have analysis on Marriott's massive data breach and the impending arrival of 5G.

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Loyalty Points Were Also a Target in Marriott Hack

Loyalty Points Were Also a Target in Marriott Hack

Jenny Surane and Katherine Chiglinsky, Bloomberg

We look forward to reading complaints in points message boards by hackers to dissatisfied with Marriott's new redemption structure.

1 week ago

Amadeus to Pay $3 Million to Settle an Antitrust Lawsuit in the U.S.

Amadeus to Pay $3 Million to Settle an Antitrust Lawsuit in the U.S.

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In settling this lawsuit, Amadeus doesn't admit to any wrongdoing or violations of antitrust law. Along with Travelport, Amadeus agreed to have its team engage in antitrust compliance training.

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New eBook: Keeping Tourism Websites Relevant in 2019

New eBook: Keeping Tourism Websites Relevant in 2019

CrowdRiff + Skift

The traveler journey can often be a fragmented one as travelers turn to a variety of sources to plan their trips. By making a few changes, travel and tourism marketers can ensure that their website is one of the most relevant sources out there.

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Bidroom Raises $17 Million for Its Hotel Booking Platform: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bidroom Raises $17 Million for Its Hotel Booking Platform: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Bidroom, one of Skift's Top Startups to Watch in 2018, aims to challenge traditional online travel agencies with an Amazon Prime-like subscription model. Plus, fundings galore for Festicket, GlobalTix, Zizoo, Hotel Effectiveness, Loisirs Enchères, Bookaway, LokaLocal, and Vacation With an Artist.

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Plusgrade Nets $150 Million Investment for Auctioning Travel Products

Plusgrade Nets $150 Million Investment for Auctioning Travel Products

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A $150 million investment in Plusgrade may seem like a lot, given the scope of the market for the company's services. But we're not surprised that a business that specializes in drawing out the highest price from bidders in consumer markets would attract this level of funding.

2 weeks ago

eDreams Odigeo Shows Its Turnaround Is No Quick Fix

eDreams Odigeo Shows Its Turnaround Is No Quick Fix

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The dream of being a turnaround artist who swoops into a distressed company to restore growth is appealing to many people. But CEO Dana Dunne is finding that the turnaround of eDreams Odigeo that he has been pursuing since 2015 is a long hard slog.

2 weeks ago

Disillusioned Traveloka Co-Founder Resigns, Saying ‘This Game Is No Longer for Me’

Disillusioned Traveloka Co-Founder Resigns, Saying ‘This Game Is No Longer for Me’

Raini Hamdi, Skift

In what appears to be a clash of ideals and aspirations, the brains behind Traveloka’s technology, Derianto Kusuma, is leaving the company he co-founded in early 2012. It is telling how a startup that has reached unicorn status is changing. But is it for the better?

2 weeks ago

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Can you really grow a unicorn in a lab? In other words, can companies like Air France-KLM read all of the innovation advice books in airport bookshops and methodically create the next Airbnb? We're skeptical. But the travel industry could use much more innovation.

2 weeks ago

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It appeared several years ago that Ctrip had locked up the Chinese online travel market when it took control of Qunar and Elong, but that ship has sailed. The emergence of Meituan and now Tongcheng-Elong's initial public offering make it clear that many players will scramble for market leadership.

2 weeks ago

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's anyone's guess whether travel distribution giants Amadeus and Sabre might have run afoul of the European Union's rules. But a look at the history of those companies' airline contracts provides clues as to what might be top of mind with investigators.

2 weeks ago

Gobi Bets on Middle East Player Holidayme to Unlock Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Gobi Bets on Middle East Player Holidayme to Unlock Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Holidayme has scooped up $16 million in new investment from Gobi. But can the UAE eagle soar in Asian skies where Tripfez, Gobi’s first investment in the Muslim travel space, had barely tapped the potential of the market?

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