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Peek's Google partnership... PLUS... Cendyn on data, Alibaba and Fliggy connectig the travel booking dots, All change for travel agencies

Collecting the data can lead to action but you also need to measure its impact. Tim Sullivan, chief revenue officer from Cendyn, explains.<p>Mobile …

How Booking Holdings thinks about acquisitions and internal growth

Ever wondered how Booking Holdings thinks about acquisitions and growth more widely? It’s recent purchase of tours and activities tech company …

Planes, trains and auto-fill: The future of holiday buying is faster, smarter and simpler

This is a viewpoint from Sébastien Pichon, industry manager, travel, at Google UK.When it comes to travel, customers have become an impatient bunch. …

Revolut, the payments startup, will see its valuation jump five times to $1.4 billion after a financing round led by DST

A five-times rise in value isn’t normal — but it’s a hot startup.<p>The valuation of Revolut, an international payments startup, is set to quintuple in less than a year due to a new fundraising round, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>DST Global, an investing firm founded by Russian venture …

Venture Capital

‘Smart tourism:’ Should destinations take ownership of enhancing the in-destination experience through technology?

This is the latest in a series of articles spun out of tnoozLIVE@ITB, recorded live over three days at ITB Berlin this March. More clips and …

Unified Calendar API

Core functionality<p>Everything you need to get started<p>Authentication<p>Token management<p>CRUD operations on objects.<p>Events and Webhooks<p>Real-time and …

Calendars

Cast Iron English Muffins | America's Test Kitchen

<b>1.</b> Whisk milk, water, melted butter, honey, and yeast together in 2-cup liquid measuring cup until yeast dissolves. Whisk flour and salt together in …

This Is the Most Popular Keto Recipe on Pinterest

This past January Kitchn did a deep dive into the ketogenic diet. The high-fat diet puts people in a state of ketosis where their bodies burn fat …

3 Cryptocurrencies to Consider Buying Over Bitcoin

It's time to forget about bitcoin! These virtual currencies have much more to offer over the long run.<p>It may be hard to believe, but it's the truth: …

Compare and contrast – trivago Express, Book on Google, Instant Booking on TripAdvisor

There are many facilitated or instant booking products available to hotels who want to work more closely with their metasearch partners, but what, if …

Hilton claims new level of personalisation for mobile never seen before

The summer in the northern hemisphere must be over – with a mightily bold claim coming out of Hilton this week to welcome industry folk back to …

Personalization

FareHarbor claims a fast rise as a reservations tool for tours and activities

From its start in early 2013, FareHarbor, which sells reservation software to tours and activities suppliers, chose not to be an aggregator or to …

Lufthansa and the GDS surcharge - risky or inspired?

The big news of the past few weeks is that Lufthansa Group (LHG) has stuck two fingers up at the global distribution systems.<p>From September this year …

Despite promise, travel bookings on mobile devices still lagging

The push towards mobile bookings has been a long slog, with a recent push of strength showing that 1 in 4 consumers had completed bookings via mobile.<p>…

Millennials - how and when are they connecting with travel online

Another week, another major study into the search and shopping behaviour of so-called millennials for their travels.<p>The latest research comes from …

Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

Eventbrite looks like it was designed in a basement circa 2005. It works great, but gives a boring first impression. Splash, meanwhile, wants you to feel like you’re at the party from the moment you’re invited. That’s made it the new darling of event marketing teams at Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the …

Social Media

11 Problems to Anticipate Before Your Next Website Redesign

A great website is the cornerstone of your business. If users can’t easily navigate it or see where you add value, you’re already losing money. But when it comes to updating your site, there are a lot of hidden pitfalls to be wary of.<p>Curious how those who have “been there, done that” and emerged …

Reserve takes $15 million to be your go-to mobile app for when you’re hungry

People are hungry for good service at restaurants, and that’s why mobile concierge app Reserve just raised $15 million.<p>Reserve books a dinner reservation and sets up a payment option (including tip) so that when you’re done with the meal, you just get a thank you card — not a bill. Reserve’s …

Your total is $57.67 — will that be cash, credit or phone?

New payment technology is coming this year to the US, in a big way.<p>In 2015, credit card companies and banks are finally starting to introduce chip-and-PIN, or chip-and-signature technology, more broadly throughout the US. Chip technology is touted as a more secure alternative to the magnetic stripe …

FinTech

Eero Wants To Eliminate Wi-Fi Dead Spots In Your Home

Relying on one router to serve up Wi-Fi for your entire house can be frustrating and lead to dead spots. San Francisco-based startup, Eero, thinks it has the answer to that issue and doesn’t rely on irritating Wi-Fi extenders.<p>Rather than using a single router, Eero encourages you to deploy a …

How To Create A Parallax Scrolling Website

The trend for parallax scrolling in modern websites shows no signs of stopping. As a technique it has been used by games designers and other artists …

The reality of distribution in tours and activities

I write this article in the hope that someday soon the reality of distribution in the tours and activities space will change, and change dramatically.<p>…

Why people abandon a travel booking online [INFOGRAPHIC]

It varies between sectors and types of users, but conversion rates for those making a travel booking are generally low – often in the single digit …

Infographics

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Beyond user reviews - how to boost conversions by mining TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is now home to 190 million reviews – that’s a staggering amount of content.<p>And for travel marketers, it’s a messaging gold mine.<p><b>NB:</b> This …

The rise of mobile to drive bookings of in-destination services

Mobile devices are now outperforming PCs in terms of both product sales and broadband subscriptions.<p>As a result, mobile is going to play an …

Tourism

Chips promise more security for credit cards, but signature still required

New credit card technology is coming that will increase security and decrease the likelihood of theft. But you're still going to be asked to sign a receipt every once in a while.<p>By October 1, 2015, credit card transactions in the United States are going to require technology that has been in use …

Identity Theft