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Hotelbeds acquires GTA


Business to business travel distributor GTA is being taken over by Hotelbeds Group. GTA will join Hotelbeds’ bedbank business unit, further strengthens the company’s global B2B accommodation reach.

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Change is ahead for online travel


The rise of the technological age has transformed consumer expectations and demands, requiring travel content providers to differentiate their services in many different ways and to be able to dynamically target their customers based on preferences and aspects of the end to end trip.

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AccorHotels acquires Availpro


Following the acquisition of Fastbooking in 2015, AccorHotels announces the acquisition of Availpro. The consolidation of these two major players will create the leading European digital services provider for independent hotels, ranked the third largest global player in its sector.

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Was Turkey’s Booking.com ban necessary?


The country's tourism sector, which is struggling already amid a severe crisis, is now experiencing total chaos because of the ban on the hotel reservation website booking.com that came as the result of a case opened by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies.

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TripAdvisor to open branded retail store


The TripAdvisor store would be your go-to place to purchase a TripAdvisor Reviewer or Bubbles T-Shirt with all five bubbles. The retail effort could help get TripAdvisor out of the bubble in which consumers think it’s just a review site.

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The changing face of hotel tech


Not long ago, the hotel tech supplier industry was fragmented with many small players. These days, some very large corporates have taken their place or absorbed them. With the pace of acquisition and consolidation, the face of hotel tech is changing fast.

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Traveling in a blockchain enabled world


When we overcome all the impediments (technical, regulatory, security, privacy, cost, social/cultural …) and services really start getting integrated with the blockchain, these could be some of the innovations we’ll see.

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