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Donna Vieira appointed Board of Directors at Choice Hotels International Inc.

Donna Vieira has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Choice Hotels International Inc. Vieira is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Sallie Mae where she oversees the company’s top line revenue growth, credit, pricing and loss …

  • Hotel and mobile boost OTA online bookings

    Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

    U.S. online travel agencies (OTAs) continue their upward climb and have increased their share of the total travel market. Bolstered mainly by hotel and mobile, OTA online bookings are now growing faster than suppliers’, which are on a downward trend. …

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  • Fareportal and Amadeus extend partnership to deliver improved travel distribution

    Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

    Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair and OneTravel, has entered into a new and extended distribution agreement with global travel technology company and long-time partner, Amadeus, as part of Fareportal’s ambitious plans to expand on a global level.   …

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  • HEDNA announces new executive committee members’ name

    Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

    HEDNA (the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) announced its 2017 Board of Directors and new members of the Executive Committee at its recent Global Distribution Conference in San Diego, California.   The HEDNA membership elected Mike Carlo, Global Head of …

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  • Chinese tourists improving in their manners says international tourism boards

    Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017

    The China National Tourism Administration, in one of its reports showed that major overseas tourism destinations are impressed with Chinese outbound tourists who have improved their manners in the past five years.   The survey interviewed 3,650 people from 10 …

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  • Sabre and Egencia reveals tips to increase business traveller satisfaction

    Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, and Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, Inc., released analysis and recommendations on ways companies can support their road warrior employees with a focus on the most valued …

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  • Alpine ski resorts could see 70% less snow by 2099 due to climate change

    Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Latest research about climate change show that snow in the Alps make grim reading for skiers and snowboarders.   According to a study done by the European Geosciences Union, the Alps could lose as much as 70 per cent of …

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  • Utrip raises $4 million for improved B2B trip planning service

    Published on : Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Travel planning service Utrip has secured a Series A investment round to the tune $4 million from a string of Seattle and Silicon Valley supporters.  The finance houses backing the company are Plug & Play, Tiempo Capital and Acorn Ventures. …

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  • Booking.com releases 2017 spring break destinations for U.S. travellers

    Published on : Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Spring Break season is right around the corner and Americans will be taking off on trips throughout the U.S. and Caribbean in search of sprawling beaches, lively nightlife, and inspiring culture. For those still looking to book a trip, Booking.com, …

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  • Is acquiring Luxury Retreats a step towards ‘Airbnb-Lux’?

    Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017

    In an effort to help it expand in high-end vacation rentals and travel services, Airbnb acquired Montreal-based Luxury Retreats International.   Although nothing was disclosed officially, the estimated price of purchase is anywhere from $200 million to $300 million. while …

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  • NATS working to accommodate more planes on sky by 2020

    Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017

    NATS – the UK’s air traffic control provider formerly known as National Air Traffic Services is going to introduce a new £600m ($747m) computer system, which will be known as iTec and will be responsible for accommodating more flights on …

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  • More than eight million Britons prefer staycation following post-Brexit slump

    Published on : Saturday, February 18, 2017

    On account of the post-Brexit slump in the value of the pound, thousands of vacationers are changing their travel plans. According to a new research, it might be possible that eight million travellers are planning a “staycation” in the UK …

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  • agoda.com announces winners of the 2016 Gold Circle Awards

    Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

    agoda, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group, has announced the winners of its prestigious 2016 Gold Circle Awards, given to accommodation partners around the world that embody the best qualities of the online …

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  • European travellers reducing transportation costs post-Brexit

    Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

    Travel is an important and significant part of European culture and more adults are packing their bags than ever before. However, with the weakened sterling, many European travellers are cutting back where they can and choosing cost-conscious means of getting …

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  • Booking.com launches accelerator programme for startups in sustainable tourism

    Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

    Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, announced the launch of its new accelerator programme, Booking.com Booster. Designed to identify, mentor and fund enterprising startups from around the world that are …

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  • U.S. private accommodation market expected to be $36.6B by 2018

    Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

    Phocuswright’s report – A Market Transformed: Private Accommodation in the U.S. – showed, in details, that how private accommodation has undergone a period of unprecedented innovation, growth and change in the past decade. This report presents market sizing, consumer trends, …

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  • World tourists reached 1.2bn in 2016 marking four percent rise

    Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

    The rise in the international tourist figure rose by four percent globally to 1.2 billion in 2016. Asians travelled more but visitor arrivals in Europe was hit by security fears. This marked the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, …

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  • Successful technology relationship with Sabre gives Otravo 40 percent growth

    Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Benelux and Scandinavia’s largest online travel agency, Otravo, has seen an extraordinary 40 percent growth, which it attributes to Sabre’s industry leading online travel and web-services technology. Otravo has used the global technology provider’s suite of travel shopping and booking …

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  • Top five hotel projects currently under development

    Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    In the global hospitality industry, new hotel construction projects are inherently commonplace, as the market is always evolving, changing, and growing in new directions. What’s significantly less common, however, is the frequency with which developers undertake massive projects designed to …

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  • Space tourism to use solar power

    Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    The Switzerland-based company SolarStratos is planning to build an aircraft which will be powered by solar energy to take tourists into the stratosphere, more commonly termed as solar tourism.   The 28 foot-long plane project aims to fully power the …

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  • Booking.com named four destinations inspired by Hollywood’s most celebrated night

    Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    It’s that time of year again when Hollywood is preparing for the most star-studded night. This year’s nominees for Best Picture include some wonderful films including the harrowing drama Manchester by the Sea, whimsical musical La La Land and World …

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