Industry News & Trends

Travel flash sales are back, as Groupon Getaways grows fast

While the former category star TripAdvisor’s Jetsetter struggles, Groupon‘s Getaways vertical continues to see growth in flash sales. Over the last year, Groupon has generated more than $908 million in gross travel billings–nearly 13% of all of Groupon’s total gross billings during the same time period.

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The coming wave of OTAs

Lorraine Sileo, senior vice president, research of Phocuswright, kicked off the “OTAs - The Coming Wave” session at this year's WIT Conference in Singapore by painting the big picture of how OTAs were evolving. Here’s a recap of what she shared on stage.

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Expedia to sell airline anchillary service offerings

Expedia has partnered with Amadeus for a new solution that allows carriers to distribute their customised fare products on Expedia. Airlines will be able to sell branded fares that could include basic, seat-only and premium options, flexible change and refund policies, checked bags and in-flight services.

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Travelocity urges consumers to leverage travel apps

Travelocity claims that smartphones are a huge resource for travelers, from mobile apps’ organizational functionalities to money-saving features. Guests can utilize mobile devices to plan ahead, keep updated on travel delays and cancellations or book last-minute hotel rooms.

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