Industry News & Trends

Orbitz, AA patch up dispute

American Airlines, which on Tuesday withdrew its flights from consumer websites powered by Orbitz did a U-turn Friday after reaching agreement with the online travel agency on business terms, Orbitz said and American confirmed.

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Roomlia takes on HotelTonight with mobile hotel app

Started by two former Expedia employees, Roomlia offers discounted hotel rooms up to seven days in advance with only a few clicks to complete booking. Unlike Expedia and its counterparts, Roomlia links you directly with your chosen hotel the moment you book, as opposed to negotiating rates and payments through the hotel site and the hotel itself.

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The state of travel startups

One of the most exciting developments is the growth in startups coming from outside the U.S. and Europe. From 2011to 2013, 30% of travel startups were founded in emerging market regions. Asia  –  led by China  -  is driving most of that growth, according to PhoCusWright.

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Uber back online in Berlin and Hamburg

Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg. The presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today suspended the regulator’s ban on Uber “until further notice”.

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What you can learn from Airbnb’s new logo backlash

Despite what you may have read during July's logo gate coverage, Airbnb's brand launch was a case study in thoughtful rebranding, a venture often beset by risk. It was highly choreographed, press-savvy, buzzworthy, delivered with passion, and, most importantly, done with purpose.

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