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OTAs Fight Against Direct Booking Push

In response to major hotel companies’ direct booking push, Priceline and Expedia, two of the largest OTAs, are fighting back by making some brands more difficult to find on their websites, according to industry experts. This practice, called “dimming,” means ...

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European Travel Prevails Despite Terror

Despite terrorism and political instability, Europe’s biggest travel group TUI said it is on course for at least 10 percent underlying profit growth in the current financial year. According to the company, 2 million customers have changed their typical travel ...

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Direct Booking Value Nearly Double That of Third Parties

As of late, many major hotel companies have been encouraging would-be guests to book direct. And this push is paying off, according to a new study from SiteMinder. Poring over 43.5 million reservations, SiteMinder found that the average reservation made ...

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Puerto Rico Tourism Drops Over Zika Worries

The number of new Zika infections in Puerto Rico has grown exponentially since April, which does not bode well for tourism. Following a soft month in hotel registrations in February, room tax collections have dropped 6.5 percent year-over-year, due to ...

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U.S. Hotel Construction Still Climbing

According to the latest United States Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the total U.S. construction pipeline ended Q2 2016 with 4,633 projects/569,848 rooms, up 15 percent by projects and 12 percent by rooms year-over-year (YOY). This is ...

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Prepayment Rewards Curb Last-Minute Cancellations

Many hotel companies, such as Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International, have been testing the waters on stricter cancellation policies to discourage last-minute booking changes. However, hoteliers have found that a more impactful strategy is to offer discounts for purchasing early, ...

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