Digital. Season 2, Episode 23. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out
🦠 Booking.com has launched a “health and safety measures” feature, allowing accommodation partners to select different health and safety measures in areas such as hygiene, sanitization, social distancing, and food safety.
🦠 According to a Spanish study, only around 5% of the country’s population has coronavirus antibodies, making herd immunity difficult to achieve.
🏨 D-EDGE published “The State of Hotel Advertising: The Rise of Display in the World of Meta,” downloadable here. Key take-aways:
🏨 Sabre published “The state of hotel website traffic. Benchmark performance of brand.com websites.” The report is freely downloadable here. Key take-aways:
🦠 Expedia launched Expedia Group Academy, to provide participants with “knowledge, networks and resources to support their return to the travel industry workforce.”
🏨 Tobias Wann has stepped down from CEO of OYO Vacation Homes, but he will remain in the company as a “special advisor.” Raj Kamal will replace him.
💰 Uber acquired food-delivery service (and direct competitor of Uber Eats), Postmates, for $2.65 billion. Postmates will continue to operate under its original name.
💰 Virgin Hyperloop partnered with Spirit AeroSystems to build the new system, which will reach speeds of nearly 700mph (Los Angeles-San Francisco could take just 43 minutes…)
🏨 HyperGuest is a new technology platform that empowers hotels and travel providers to deliver rooms with maximum efficiency. This open and highly scalable cloud technology layer opens new opportunities for profit and business with zero manual effort and the fastest time-to-booking.
🏨 HKeeper launched the Concierge module and implemented WPA (Web Progressive Application) which eliminates the need to download a mobile application by guests to communicate with a hotel.