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Articles tagged “otas”

Online Travel

CheapAir.com launches Easy Search for fliers too lazy to punch in destination and dates

CheapAir.com needs to come up with something more ingenious than this to break into the booking big leagues.

Airlines

Kingfisher starts selling tickets in the face of aviation regulations and common sense

Indian travel site makemytrip.com is selling the tickets for Oct. 13, supposedly the day after the crew strike is set to end, but anyone foolish enough to book that flight doesn’t deserve to reach their destination.

Kingfisher starts selling tickets in the face of aviation regulations and common sense

Online Travel

Truths about online booking sites that customers may not know

Expedia-like sites play up their ability to provide consumers with the best rates and easiest booking process, but the back end of the travel industry reveals a system that suggests travelers have few distinct choices.

Skift Originals

Online travel agency trade association rebrands

The rebranding positions the association to portray itself as the voice of travel technology, although it only represents only a portion of one sector, the intermediaries.

Hotels

Online travel agencies must now pay higher taxes on room sales in D.C.

Online travel agencies have prevailed in most tax court cases around the country, but should future cases continue to tilt in favor of the state, travel companies will need to find a way to make up for the loss in revenue.

Online travel agencies must now pay higher taxes on room sales in D.C.

Tourism

Netherlands partners with Orbitz on social marketing campaign

Driving consumers to action is the goal of all marketing campaigns, and the Netherlands actually has a shot at turning ad views into actual bookings by partnering with the online booking site.

Hotels

Hotels refocus on direct bookings to avoid paying a commission to OTAs

In an effort to reduce costs, hotels wanting travelers to skip OTAs have increased marketing through social media to build brand awareness and attract travelers before they ever consult search engines.

Hotels

Hotels and booking sites now face suit in U.S. over hotel price-fixing “conspiracy”

This suit could get really interesting, although only the courts or regulators will ultimately decide if the anti-competition claims pass legal muster. If the plaintiffs prevail, then hotel-OTA rate-parity practices in the U.S. could get tossed out the window.

Hotels and booking sites now face suit in U.S. over hotel price-fixing “conspiracy”

Online Travel

Researchers find independent hotel owners more likely than chains to post fake reviews

This Slate articles battles the pros and cons of online hotel reviews which benefit from crowd-sourced opinions, but are vulnerable to the schemers who skew testimonies in their favor.