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AH&LA Opposes Expedia-Orbitz Merger

AH&LA Opposes Expedia-Orbitz Merger

The American Hotel & Lodging Association today announced its opposition to Expedia’s pending $1.6 billion acquisition of Orbitz, which is currently being reviewed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AH&LA, says the association believes ...

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Strong Revenue Strategy Starts at the Top

Strong Revenue Strategy Starts at the Top

At the recent NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Jim Abrahamson drew plenty of laughs and several headlines for his comment that Expedia and Orbitz joining forces was like “the Klingons and Romulans teaming up together.” It was funny, but what ...

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Rogue Third-Party Booking Sites Cause Challenges

Rogue Third-Party Booking Sites Cause Challenges

After spending hours searching for the perfect accommodation package, a soon-to-be traveler finally settles on a suite with an ocean view. Anxious to nail down her trip details, she hastily clicks “Pay Now.” But when she arrives at the hotel, ...

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Digital Channels Drive Booking Growth, Reports TravelClick

Digital Channels Drive Booking Growth, Reports TravelClick

NEW YORK—In the first quarter (Q1) 2015, digital channels — which include hotel websites (Brand.com) and Online Travel Agents (OTA) and Global Distribution Systems (GDS) — grew in popularity among individual business and leisure travelers, according to data from the ...

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As OTAs Get Bigger, so Do the Challenges for Hoteliers

As OTAs Get Bigger, so Do the Challenges for Hoteliers

Most hoteliers already considered Expedia and Priceline a duopoly before Expedia’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Orbitz, but now there’s little doubt. The two powerhouses have been buying up the competition in waves and the trend isn’t slowing. Perhaps in response ...

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