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Ctrip, Qunar go their separate ways


What nearly became a blockbuster marriage between China's 2 leading online travel sites has instead ended in divorce, with word that industry leader Ctrip has formally yanked its hotel listings from the site of the second largest player Qunar.

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Are Airbnb and hotels the same?


The conversation about exactly how Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky saw his company seemed a bit confusing during his 20 minute panel on the Disrupt SF stage this afternoon. Chesky was adamant that Airbnb is like a hotel until it isn’t.

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Russia wants domestic alternative to Booking.com


The Russian government is planning to create a domestic hotel booking service to rival the likes of Booking.com. The project is meant to advance domestic tourism by promoting obscure hotels and spas in the regions. The yet-unnamed online service will also sell museum and train tickets.

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Metasearch makes mark on Australia’s online travel landscape


Metasearch is becoming a more common feature of the Australian online travel landscape with the last two years seeing the arrival of a number of international players that use the technology. The market as seen the arrival of UK flight search engine Skyscanner, US rival Kayak and Germany’s hotel-focused Trivago.

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Uber now banned throughout Germany


Last month Uber faced a ban in Berlin on passenger safety grounds. That ban was suspended days later while the court in question rules on the legality of the move. But Uber is now facing another injunction in the country - this time a district court in Frankfurt has issued a temporary ban against its service which applies nationwide.

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