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Online Travel News

Breaking news and insights about online travel booking, online travel agencies, travel startups, venture capital investments, and more essential news about digital travel.

Airlines

Travel Seeker HD app’s design could use an extreme makeover

With all the money at its disposal, you'd think Amadeus could hire the right people and come up with an attractive design for this iPad app. On the other hand, the app seems more like brochureware than an earnest attempt to win over consumers.

Travel Seeker HD app’s design could use an extreme makeover

Airlines

Infographic: How airlines became the most progressive industry in adopting social media

Airlines have been among the most progressive of industries when it comes to embracing social media, mainly because that's the biggest venue for passengers to gripe about them. Lot more needs to be done beyond informational and reactive ways of working in social.

Online Travel

Outdoors mapping app AllTrails hits one million downloads with National Geographic’s help

The best way to break out of the crowded app market is through a widely recognized partnership, making the NatGeo affiliation a home run and fast- track ticket to popular retail outlets.

Outdoors mapping app AllTrails hits one million downloads with National Geographic’s help

Online Travel

Orbitz continues struggles on weaknesses in North America and Europe

Where's the beef? Orbitz's turnaround has been tortoise-like, putting the business' viability in doubt.

Orbitz continues struggles on weaknesses in North America and Europe

Media and PR

Most British travelers check the Internet on vacation, but rarely for work

A more comprehensive study is needed for an accurate view of British holidaymakers’ Internet use -- focusing, perhaps, on online travel reviews or mobile apps.

Most British travelers check the Internet on vacation, but rarely for work

Media and PR

Travel Channel’s newest show scours the globe for the world’s best coffee

Destinations from Bolivia to Borneo are fascinating in their own right, but add a layer of the political-economic drama that surrounds the coffee industry and this becomes more than the average travel show.

Travel Channel’s newest show scours the globe for the world’s best coffee

Online Travel

Sign up at your own risk: What Airbnb is really saying in its Terms & Conditions

Airbnb tries to rid itself of any responsibility in host and guest interactions, and has succeeded in fostering a level of trust on the site that most users book stays without reading the fine print.

Sign up at your own risk: What Airbnb is really saying in its Terms & Conditions

Airlines

Don’t fall for the fake airline Instagram accounts promising followers free flights

It can be difficult enough for airlines to manage their brand internally, but even more perplexing when faced with outside spammers whose fraud promotions serve no apparent purpose.

Media and PR

If Twitter is to be believed, Colorado and Washington can expect a marijuana-driven visitor boom

Fresh off a victory and with a third term not possible, Obama may finally bring some sense to U.S. drug policies. If so, Colorado and Washington may be leading the vanguard among the states.

Online Travel

UsingMiles co-founder, arrested for theft in 2011, gets 10 years for crime spree

Startup land has no immunity from scam artists. The Austin Veith case should spur investors and entrepreneurs to do due diligence on people whom you partner with.