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Google Trips Threatens OTAs

Google Trips, the new travel app that allows travelers to organize and plan their trips, could threaten the continued success of TripAdvisor, Priceline, and Expedia. The “personalized tour guide in your pocket” is available without Wi-Fi and gathers information from ...

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Latin American Pipeline Slightly Declines

According to Latin America’s Hotel Construction Pipeline from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the region has 878 projects/150,485 rooms, down 1 percent by projects and rooms year-over-year (YOY). The three cities with the largest pipelines are: Sao Paulo with 38 projects/7,191 rooms, ...

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Airbnb’s $555 Million Funding Round Led by Google Capital

In a massive funding round led by Alphabet’s Google Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures, Airbnb has raised more than $555 million in new primary equity at a $30 billion valuation. The infusion could eventually total $850 million. For more information, click ...

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Marriott Officially Acquires Starwood

After a nearly 12-month process, Marriott has officially absorbed Starwood Hotels & Resorts, making it the biggest hospitality company in the world. Marriott now operates or franchises more than 5,700 hotels across the globe with 30 brands and more than ...

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Expedia Ends ‘Dimming’ Practice

Expedia has done away with “dimming,” the act of keeping certain hotels from prominent positions or removing media to pursuade shoppers into choosing a different property. Critics of the practice said Expedia was punishing hotels that would not offer it ...

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Brexit Hurting London Hotel Occupancy

Many companies are worried U.K. economic growth will slow in the wake of Brexit and are cutting travel budgets in response, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Occupancy rates are expected to drop to about 80 percent, the lowest in nine years. ...

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