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China hostel booking service Yododo raises $4 million in Series A

Yododo, a Shanghai-based hostel booking and independent travel community service, has secured $4 million in Series A funding from Gobi Partners.<p>The …

TripAdvisor's TripConnect lets hotels bid for traffic and bypass Google ads

Last July, Tnooz was the first to report that TripAdvisor, the user-reviews giant, planned to let independent hotels and B&Bs participate in its …

Hospitality

GoBook in big debut, sweeps aside Expedia - New Zealand travel sites

Heavy promotion for the launch of GoBook has seen it jump straight into number one spot in the list of leading New Zealand travel websites.<p>The …

Turning the ugly duckling of the travel industry into a beautiful swan

There have been days in the not so distant past when I have felt like an ugly duckling, paddling about furiously in the vast pool of order and …

Wotif preps its travel marketing push in Asia

Online travel agency Wotif has revealed its plans for a fresh expansion for sales of all types of travel products throughout Asia, lessening its …

Are you marketing to your Affluencers?

From backpackers to luxury seekers, there is a universal travel customer who is essential to marketing success: the Affluent Influencer or …

Reservations and distribution startup BookingPal banks $1.5M

BookingPal now has $1.5 million in the tank to fuel an ambitious goal: building a global distribution platform for vacation rentals.<p>The funding has …

Hospitality

Import.io wants to help turn web pages into data — fast

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Websites are often full of good, structured data. It’s just buried in, well, a website. Unless you’re going to manually enter …

Gil Elbaz's Factual Is Building the Web's Location Layer

Gil Elbaz changed the face of online advertising by co-creating AdSense over 10 years ago. In his latest endeavor, he’s aiming to transform mobile advertising with Factual, a data science startup that operates a location platform used by companies like Apple, Samsung, Yelp, Bing and …

Meta works well for the largest OTAs, while many hotels suffer

Konwiser says the OTAs are threatened by metasearch sites, which aggregate listings from numerous sources. His thesis is supported by data.<p>But it’s …

Cleartrip dips toe into multi-modal travel search with Rome2Rio-powered Waytogo

Cleartrip is on a roll. Today, the company has launched a trip planning tool by the name Waytogo, powered by Australia-based multi-modal search …

GetYourGuide makes second acquisition, snaps up iGottaGuide

GetYourGuide is flexing its business development muscles once again after agreeing to buy the assets of peer-to-peer activity service …

Smart UK hotel room will let you check in, control temperature, and order meals from your phone

The UK's biggest hotel chain is set to open a new line of budget city hotels that provide app-based check-ins and improved connectivity for people who pride location and design over space. Whitbread will open its first Premier Inn 'hub' in Covent Garden, London in the fall of 2014, compacting a …

TripAdvisor reveals early impact of hotel metasearch

CEO Steve Kaufer sounded confident in speaking to investors on TripAdvisor’s second quarter 2013 earnings call today.<p>Kaufer had lots of happy …

Tripobox aims to smooth out group travel

Tripobox is a collaborative travel marketplace designed to simplify the planning and booking of group trips.<p>Most online reservation systems lack …

DEVICES - Product news, launches and more - July 2013

The latest devices news, launches and more from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in July 2013.<p><b>Wednesday 31 July 2013:</b><p>Campus Travel …

Apps

Alibaba Group shifts to top gear as it expands travel industry services

Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba has strengthened its travel-related services after completing a string of recent strategic investments.<p>The company …

Uber quietly plans significant Asia expansion

US-based private car hire company Uber has been expanding its presence in Asia, with its (stealth-mode) launch last month in Taipei, Taiwan. Earlier …

Airbnb and the tale of two cities

Last week an interesting piece popped up on Airbnb’s blog entitled Why we’re helping Nigel in New York.<p>The post, penned by global head of public …

HouseTrip rewards loyalty with new program - and 3,000 free nights

Loyalty programs have been a staple of travel since their May 1981 introduction by American Airlines, and now the vacation rentals category is adding …