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Sharing economy faces heightened scrutiny from ministers

Ministers are “looking at enforcement” of regulations on peer-to-peer businesses such as Airbnb, according to the government’s head of tourism. Lise-Anne Boissiere, head of tourism and heritage at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, told a Policy-UK conference last week: “I know the industry is divided on the benefits Airbnb brings.”   More »

The hits and misses among this year’s January TV campaigns according to Neuro-Insight

Neuro-Insight researched five of the latest holiday ads taking a representative cohort of UK adults who were not told up front that the ads were being tested. The participants were shown a 30-minute TV show with a typical ad break and their brain activity monitored to judge their cognitive responses.   More »

Guest Post: Why Virtual Reality is the most exciting innovation in travel marketing

Virtual Reality (VR) has been coming for a while. And while we don’t want to be premature, it’s safe to say that 2016 will be the year that VR emerges from the shadows, opening itself up to mass marketing and mass uptake.   More »

Hitwise ranking shows the winners and losers online amid barrage of peaks TV advertising

Following a barrage of turn of year travel brand TV advertising, the people have spoken, well figuratively at least by way of clicks. Hitwise rankings seen by Travolution chart how the UK’s top 20 travel websites in the week of January 23 fared through the crucial post-Christmas sales period.  More »

Kuoni account won by Designate advertising and digital agency

Travel industry advertising and digital agency Designate is celebrating winning back the Kuoni account. The announcement follows Kuoni’s shift to Grey London 18 months ago. Designate, which also works with Mark Warner, Brittany Ferries and Feefo, now describes itself as the “principle creative agency” for the luxury brand.   More »

Comtec and Eysys join forces for ITB Berlin 2016

Technology providers Comtec and Eysys have announced a partnership for ITB Berlin 2016. The Cardiff-based firms are joining forces to offer a unique travel technology solution to the market. Combining intelligent e-commerce and an intelligent end-to-end reservation system, making for a hugely powerful platform for companies to utilise.   More »

American Airlines teams up with Uber for airport transfers

American Airlines is linking up with ride sharing giant Uber to provide airport transfers in the US. The companies plan to work together to provide customers faster service, better airport navigation, rider promotions and mileage promotions. The arrangement covers 11 airports including JFK in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare and Dallas Fort Worth.   More »

Quadriga and Philips partnership to showcase digital signage for hoteliers

Entertainment systems company Quadriga will be presenting alongside technology firm Philips at ISE 2016. After years of collaboration on in-room entertainment technology, both companies have furthered their partnership to provide insight into the hospitality market’s current and future needs.   More »

TTE 2016: CodeGen's hotel price comparison tech to be exhibited at TTE

Travel technology firm CodeGen will demonstrate technology that allows hotel price comparisons to be added to booking journeys at Travel Technology Europe 2016. The technology can also be used behind the scenes for competitor insight.   More »

TTE 2016: Leading travel tech chiefs lined up to discuss biggest issues at TTE Question Time

Chief technology officers at four leading travel firms will discuss the hottest topics in the travel technology sector at this month’s TTE trade show. The two-day event taking place at London’s Olympia on February 24-25, has finalised its speaking roster for this year.   More »

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