Peek.com Mini-Review • Hotels & OTAs: Better Together • Travel Health Benefits? • 134 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

Mini Review: Peek Destination Activity Booking Site Peek, a destination activities guide and booking site which launched late last year, is backed by Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey. Schmidt and Dorsey know a good thing when they see it. There are other sites and apps that do destination activity…

Watch This and Try not To Cry

I used to teach university advertising classes and I spent a lot of time analyzing ad campaigns. I’ve been impressed with Expedia’s “Find Yours” campaign from the start. After seeing the latest “Find Yours” video, I’m genuinely touched and very proud to work at Expedia. Through January 31st 2013, Expedia is matching donations to St.…

Travel Suppliers Make Most Online Sales • Petition for Airfare Transparency • Onity Lock Thefts • 60 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

Suppliers make the Majority of Online Travel Sales and the Gap is Widening For all the complaining that hotels and airlines do about pricing pressure from online travel agencies, you would think that OTAs had all the power in the market. The numbers suggest a different story. Industry analyst firm PhoCusWrite predicts that supplier websites…

Online Travel Agencies Benefit Consumers and Are Not Going Away

Pauline Frommer, daughter of famous travel guide author Arthur and a well-known travel writer in her own right, recently published a provocative article that has been picked up by at least a few travel sites. Starting with comments made by Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association, she writes that hotels and airlines…

Priceline to Acquire Kayak • Semantic Search • Expedia Destination Experiences • North Korean Super Hotel • Traverie

Contents Priceline to Acquire Kayak • Semantic Search • Expedia Destination Experiences • North Korean Super Hotel • Traverie • Allegiant Air • Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations Priceline to Acquire Kayak for $1.8 Billion In an unexpected move that set the online travel industry buzzing, Kayak has agreed to be acquired by Priceline. This…

TravelTech Patent Stupidity • More Google Antitrust • Toblerone and Guest Satisfaction • 22 Travel Briefs • 3 Travel Aspirations

Contents TravelTech Patent Stupidity • More Google Antitrust • Booking.com Reselling Canceled Rooms • WantMeGetMe • THack Singapore • Travel Agents Selling Air Again • Ancillary Fees • Mobile Travel Transformation • Toblerone and Guest Satisfaction • 22 Travel Briefs • 3 Travel Aspirations TravelTech Patent Litigation Stupidity Plug the following string into Bing or…

World’s Tallest Hotel • Airfare Transparency • ICANN is Broken • Expedia Controversy • More Hotel Lock Hacking • Travel Briefs

World’s Tallest Hotel • Booking.com most Profitable • Airfare Transparency • ICANN is Broken • Room Key • Expedia Pay-at-Checkout Controversy • OTAs Must Pay Retail Taxes • HotelTonight Acqui-hires PrimaTable • More Hotel Lock Hacking • Travel Wikis • Remote Presence Avatar • Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations World’s Tallest Hotel Scheduled to Open…

Airbus Catapult • American Airlines’ Bad News • Marriott in Cusco • Travel Briefs • Travel InfoGraphics • What Kids Learn from Travel

Contents Airbus Catapult • American Airlines’ Bad News • Marriott in Cusco • Travel Briefs • Travel InfoGraphics • What Kids Learn from Travel Airbus Envisions the Future: Airliners to be Launched by Fuel Saving Catapults Airbus has for some time now been rolling out a far-out, science fiction-like vision of aviation’s future. A recent…