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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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Sabre puts lastminute.com up for sale


Lastminute.com is up for sale as parent company Sabre restructures its online travel agency business. Sabre subsidiary Travelocity paid £577 million for Lastminute.com in 2005 as the group sought to expand its OTA business in Europe.

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Airbnb’s Chip Conley talks hospitality


After selling the Joie de Vivre Hospitality group, and many of his hotels, Chip Conley has been working as the head of global hospitality for home sharing service Airbnb. In this article he talks about the state of the hospitality industry and why hotels and Airbnb can coexist.

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