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Groupon Closes SideTour and Shuts Down Its Tours Platform

Many people have worked hard for a long time to bring tours and activities into the digital age. So far, there's very, very little to show for all the work and all the hype.

Groupon Launches Standalone Travel App

Travel is still a relatively small portion of the overall Groupon business, although the segment notched solid revenue growth in the third quarter. The issue for Groupon in travel is whether a standalone app will make much of a difference as the popularity of flash sales seems to be diminishing.

Groupon Launches Tonight-Only Hotels in Its Mobile Apps

Groupon's launch of tonight-only hotel deals in its mobile apps isn't exactly the "shot heard 'round the world," but Groupon has the audience and scale to do some damage.

Groupon Pushes Hotels Front and Center in Updated Mobile Apps

Will Groupon emerge as a larger player in online hotel sales? It's possible, but the necessary focus probably isn't there, and flash sales aren't on anyone's 2014 trends list.

What Happened To Blink and SideTour 6 Months After Groupon Bought Them

While some erroneously looked to Expedia to take tours and activities mainstream, Groupon, if it survives, is making the first move.

Expedia Loses Co-Branding With Groupon on Travel Flash Sales Product

Groupon and Expedia have downgraded their partnership. Whether it was a mutual decision as both parties claim or push came to shove, it was clear that these two big brands weren't going to smoothly co-exist forever.

Groupon Adds 20,000 Properties To Its Hotel Feature

Groupon is rounding out its hotel offering after having acquired same-night hotel app Blink last September. The whole thing is still a very niche product.

LivingSocial CEO Steps Down as Weekend Getaways, Daily Deals Slow

Groupon and LivingSocial blew up the business of deals -- just ask Travelzoo. Now people are trying to figure out how to put it back together.

Groupon to Integrate Tonight-Only Hotel Deals Into Its Mobile Apps

Putting tonight-only deals into the Groupon App isn't going to put HotelTonight or other competitors out of business, but it adds a competitor with a huge user base. Game on.

Flash Sale Travel Deals: Not Always a Deal, Usually Very Complicated

This is just further confirmation of something we already knew: That travel deals often aren't really deals. Several sties, such as DealAngel and DealBase, have tried to make businesses of out vetting deals, but they never got really far.