TravelCube, the Kuoni-owned online bed bank launches weekly flash sales exclusively for travel agents. TravelCube’s sister company GTA will negotiate discounts similar to the Groupon model which will then be available on the website for 7 days. The first flash sale launches on Monday in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, offering discounts on hotels in London, Monaco and Bangkok of 40% to 50% lower than the hotels’ rack rates.
Tuesday, 18th October 2011
The Arab Spring has taken a toll on tourism in nations from Jordan and Egypt to Morocco and Tunisia, costing the region more than US$7 billion, according to the Arab Tourism Organization in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The number of visitors to North Africa and the Middle East dropped by 13% and 11% in the first half of 2011, said Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Madrid.
Wednesday, 19th October 2011
The owner of the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Force, Tennessee sues online hotel review company TripAdvisor for US$10 million. He alleges that TripAdvisor ‘maliciously and wrongfully’ hurt his hotel’s business by placing Grand Resort atop its ‘2011 Dirtiest Hotels’ list for U.S. hotels in January. According to TripAdvisor ‘The top 10 list of dirtiest hotels is compiled based on traveler ratings for cleanliness on TripAdvisor.’
Thursday, 20th October 2011
Google announces the expansion of its Hotel Finder experiment to include hotels around the world on their Web Search Community forum. The Hotel Finder service is still in English only and with hotel prices in US dollars. There was no further information when the experiment could evolve into a beta or even final product.
Friday, 21st October 2011
Hilton HHonors, Hilton Worldwide’s loyalty programme, launches ‘the world’s largest social media treasure hunt’, giving away 500 free hotel nights over the course of 5 consecutive days this week. In each city, the first 100 people who correctly complete the task and find the Hilton HHonors team will be awarded with a free night certificate, redeemable at any participating property in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands. Clues for the treasure hunt are being given on the Hilton HHonors Twitter account and Facebook page.