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Airbnb to let neighbors report on bad hosts - Tnooz

Airbnb to let neighbors report on bad hosts - Tnooz | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Next month, Airbnb is going to enable neighbors to provide comments on nearby hosts, to help crack down on unethical hosts and partying guests.
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Smart Hotel Brands Are Already Thinking About Generation Z

Smart Hotel Brands Are Already Thinking About Generation Z | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
“Generation Z is brand loyal up to an extent,” says Shreffler, “but because they’re so good with technology, they feel like they can always find another brand that is doing something better.” To build lasting brand loyalty, you have to “speak to who they are as consumers and what they need.”
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Even the UNWTO is talking about the sharing economy

Even the UNWTO is talking about the sharing economy | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
The World Tourism Organization is probably best known for a diplomatic and often high-brow approach to travel affecting the travel industry.
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These aren't the hotel staff you're looking for... Move along

These aren't the hotel staff you're looking for... Move along | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Alongside augmented reality, robots in the travel industry seems to be one of the big discussion points of 2016.
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End of an era - InterRail planning finds a home online

End of an era - InterRail planning finds a home online | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
For many it's a rite of passage amongst young Europeans - the month-long jaunt around the continent using an InterRail pass for unlimited train travel.
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Expedia's Hotel Accelerator Program for Improving Hotel Placement

Expedia's Hotel Accelerator Program for Improving Hotel Placement | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Big hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton, with their ample marketing and advertising budgets, can scoff all they want about Expedia and Booking.com pay-to play programs for sort-order preference as the chains push direct bookings on their own sites. But small chains and independents will likely use the programs, seeking any small advantage they can wrangle.

— Dennis Schaal
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5 New Travel Startups Sidestepping the Models of Big Travel Brands

5 New Travel Startups Sidestepping the Models of Big Travel Brands | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Many times travel startups try to solve problems that don’t need solving, but these five startups propose solutions that are practical, necessary and even respond to needs that travelers have even if they don’t know they have them.

— Dan Peltier
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Egencia connects corporate travellers to Uber services

Egencia connects corporate travellers to Uber services | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Business travellers are being handed additional ground transportation options on the Egencia mobile app, through an integration with Uber.
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What Corporate Travel CEOs Are Saying About the Sharing Economy

What Corporate Travel CEOs Are Saying About the Sharing Economy | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
As sharing economy services become more mainstream and mature, corporate travel managers will find ways to integrate them into travel policies.
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Interview: San Francisco Tourism CEO on Getting in Bed With Airbnb

Interview: San Francisco Tourism CEO on Getting in Bed With Airbnb | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
In July 2015, the bureau was the first ever to announce a formal partnership with Airbnb, based on the fact that Airbnb charges additional fees to contribute to the city’s transient occupancy fund (bed tax), albeit on a self-reported basis that the city cannot independently verify.
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Yahoo Travel Shuttered as Part of Company-Wide Reorganization

Yahoo Travel Shuttered as Part of Company-Wide Reorganization | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
In theory, it will use Siri- or Google Now-like artificial intelligence to deliver a personalized travel planning and booking service. Yahoo has been using Hipmunk as a booking partner.
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5 New Travel Startups Building New Platforms to Solve Old Problems

5 New Travel Startups Building New Platforms to Solve Old Problems | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Sometimes when brands look at a problem in a way they never have, new creativity comes out and fresh ideas are hatched. It’s especially helpful to do this when considering problems that have plagued travelers for decades.

— Dan Peltier
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Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor face Airbnb threat

Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor face  Airbnb threat | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Priceline, TripAdvisor and Expedia stocks all took a hit Wednesday after two brokerages issued bearish notes on the entire online travel agency industry.
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Google Says It Definitely Won't Become an Online Travel Agency, Unless It Does

Google Says It Definitely Won't Become an Online Travel Agency, Unless It Does | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
However, Google is indeed getting further into travel booking as a facilitator of hotel and flight transactions in the quasi-OTA TripAdvisor and Kayak mode, where consumers can book hotels on Google, although partners are the merchant of record and handle the customer.
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Some digital tips for destination marketers on wooing Chinese outbound travelers - Tnooz

Some digital tips for destination marketers on wooing Chinese outbound travelers - Tnooz | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Mobile is increasingly important for the Chinese outbound market and local experiences are starting to replace the bucket list -- plus other insights.
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Using mobile devices for travel still looks like a young person's game

Using mobile devices for travel still looks like a young person's game | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
A sizeable study in Australia has found that the younger generation is leading the charge of the mobile device as a key part of the travel process.
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Google lets mobile catch up with desktop, launches Destinations

Google lets mobile catch up with desktop, launches Destinations | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Nearly three years ago, Google made a big effort to expand its travel search offering so that users could get inspiration for destinations.
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A Shift Happened at TED, SXSW and Mobile World Congress — Skift MeetingsIQ

A Shift Happened at TED, SXSW and Mobile World Congress — Skift MeetingsIQ | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
The volume of shifts happening throughout the events industry is impacting every aspect of the meeting experience from alternative accommodations to sticky digital content.

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Why Booking Needs to Be Made Easier for Emerging-Market Travelers

Why Booking Needs to Be Made Easier for Emerging-Market Travelers | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when travel brands could rely on English as the lingua franca of independent travelers. As more consumers worldwide embrace digital tools to plan and book trips abroad, brands must offer multiple language options along each stage of the process, or lose ground to OTAs.

— Translations.com
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Digital state of the travel nation

Digital state of the travel nation | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Econsultancy and Adobe spent a few months last summer trying to understand the requirements and challenges facing marketers and ecommerce execs in travel.
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One out of five bookings of Irish independent hotels are made on phones - Tnooz

One out of five bookings of Irish independent hotels are made on phones - Tnooz | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Dublin-based NetAffinity has analyzed booking patterns and found that one in five independent Irish hotel bookings were made on phones last year.
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Measuring Airbnb's Real Threat to U.S. Hotels Using Industry Metrics

Measuring Airbnb's Real Threat to U.S. Hotels Using Industry Metrics | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Even if 2016 does not turn out to be the year Airbnb announces an initial public offering, it may turn out to be the year of deep, fascinating Airbnb data
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Interview: Google on What Makes Google's Travel Ambitions Different

Interview: Google on What Makes Google's Travel Ambitions Different | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Book on Google is actually a big and important thing. So if you take a step back, one trend that we see across all of Google when we look back across all verticals, including travel, but not exclusively to travel, is a shift to mobile.
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Why Big Hotel Brands Need to Act More Like Airbnb

Why Big Hotel Brands Need to Act More Like Airbnb | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Even though big brand hotels typically aren't located in local neighborhoods, they should promote local events and experiences like Airbnb hosts do.
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Travel Booking Site Mergers and Acquisitions in 2015: Expedia's Big Year

Travel Booking Site Mergers and Acquisitions in 2015: Expedia's Big Year | Mobile Tourism & Travel | Scoop.it
Priceline’s CEO says its “competitive moat is deep and wide.” His counterpart at Expedia believes his company needs to get more international. And TripAdvisor’s new CFO says it has ample resources for acquisitions. This all should make for an interesting 2016.

— Dennis Schaal
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