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Phocuswright 2015: Google shows off new destination experience but denies OTA intention

Google insisted it has no intentions of becoming an OTA as it showcased a new destination mobile interface that will take it another step closer to owning the entire customer journey.   More »

Amadeus unveils hybrid GDS platform with cryptic and graphic interfaces

Amadeus is to launch a new ‘hybrid’ selling platform for agents which fully integrates both cryptic and graphic interfaces.  More »

Phocuswright 2015: TripAdvisor and hail compromise over instant book

Compromise helped bring on to TripAdvisor’s Instant Book platform, president and chief executive of the review giant Steve Kaufer told the Phocuswright conference.   More »

Phocuswright 2015: Travel firms’ profitability will be driven by machine learning

Machine learning will become the single biggest factor in driving up the profitability of travel firms, the Phocuswright conference in Florida was told this week.   More » expects a repeat of last year's Black Friday search surge

Black Friday last year saw bargain searches on rise by almost half with a similar figure projected for Friday’s deals day. While Dubai searches doubled, UK deals hunters were more interested in securing significantly discounted rates for domestic stays.   More »

Uniworld's virtual reality app gives 360-degree ship view

Uniworld has launched a virtual reality app to help agents bring its product to life. The app gives a 360-degree view of the Maria Theresa and can be downloaded for Android and Apple devices.   More »

Travelport Smartpoint plugin offers agents commission on Heathrow Express tickets

Commission is being offered to agents in the UK, Ireland and Nordics on Heathrow Express tickets booked through Travelport Smartpoint. This follows the introduction earlier this year of the solution, offering airport express services to the trade via a plugin on the Travelport travel commerce platform.   More »

EDreams ODIGEO announces €4.9 million profit with one in four flights booked on mobile

European OTA eDreams ODIGEO delivered a “solid” first half financial performance with bookings up by 8% to 5.4 million.   More »

Expedia sees increased foreign interest in UK Christmas breaks

An increasing number of overseas visitors are considering the UK for a Christmas break, according to the latest hotel search data compiled by Expedia.   More »

Sabre agree's $154 million deal to acquire Trust Group

Sabre is paying $154 million to takeover central reservations, revenue management and hotel marketing provider, the Trust Group. The deal will include Trust International, InnLink and Nexus and is due to be completed early next year.   More »

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