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Travel Booking News

Essential news about Expedia, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and the leading online travel brands. Our editors and journalists bring readers breaking news and exclusive reports from the sector.

Hotels

Wyndham Vacation Rentals launches new site and starts to rebrand

The new Wyndham Vacation Rentals site offers some modern, e-commerce pizazz. The rebranding to a more widely known brand makes sense, too.

Online Travel

OTA Yatra may have raised $14.5 million in Series D funding

This should help refill Yatra's coffers, as the investment amount if correct is just a few million shy of what it spent to acquire Travelocity's Travelguru.com last week

Online Travel

Skyscanner: The unhyped Scottish startup that took off

Nice to see an OTA build outside of the U.S. bubble.

Hotels

Room 77 to remain in the cloud after Amazon outage

Travel companies should fine-tune their cloud strategies after an Amazon Web Services outage took down Room 77, Pinterest, Instagram and Netflix. Given the cost-savings and efficiencies of cloud computing, travel companies won't be abandoning such services -- nor should they -- any time soon.

Online Travel

Hotels and travel providers weigh the benefits of daily deal sites

U.S. hotels can look to Australia for examples of properties that have worked with flash sites and still maintained a certain integrity of their rates.

Online Travel

Is Hipmunk the best travel booking website on the planet?

Hipmunk is innovative, for sure, but is it more than a few features and does it have enough staying power to get its brand known beyond Silicon Valley?

Online Travel

KwikChex rates review sites through its own lens

KwikCheck, which represents hotels, hates unverified hotel reviews so TripAdvisor is near the bottom of the list. TripAdvisor-owned Flipkey, which publishes only verified reviews about vacation rentals, is a favorite. In publishing its list, where is KwikChex's transparency about filing complaints with UK regulatory authorities against at least two of the companies in its ranking?

Online Travel

The hotel total price fiasco and Kayak’s mobile experiment

Travelers need to see the total price of a hotel room instantly, but online travel agencies and comparison-shopping engines have bowed to competitive pressures.

Online Travel

Expedia partners with Greek travel agency — debt crisis will travel

Tight economic times are fertile ground for discounters, whether it's Priceline, Hotwire or airtickets.gr, which is partnering with Expedia for dynamic packages.

Online Travel

Mac and iPad users get premium treatment on Orbitz

Orbitz is beginning to skew hotel displays according to the computing or mobile device you use. Get a grip on those iPads, this is only the mere beginning of an online travel agency personalization push.