Digital. Season 2, Episode 31. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out

Digital. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out

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  • Amazon partnered with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to sell train tickets.
  • Booking.com will discontinue its BookingSuite services
    (WebDirect, BookingButton, RateIntelligence and ChoicePro) starting on November 30 to focus “on growing our core accommodations business.”
  • According to an Expedia study, “travelers are 57% more likely to book their travel through an OTA now than before COVID-19.”
  • According to a Travel Leaders Group survey, 70% of US and Canadian travelers plan to take a holiday in 2021…
  • … On the other hand, a study by YouGov showed that only one in 10 UK adults is planning a trip abroad over the next six months.
  • Hilton launched its WorkSpaces initiative: guests can use hotel rooms as remote offices. Rooms provide a desk, a chair, and free WiFi, together with food and drinks.
  • Like the majority of metasearch engines, Trivago launched a CPA model as well as an alternative to the classic CPC model.
  • According to a recent Google study, private accommodation are recovering faster than hotels, as “vacation rental is perceived safer, easier to practice social distancing”
  • Google is testing organic listings of its metasearch results. Thanks to Evan Davies for the finding:
  • Despite the situation, Italy maintained TTG and Hospitality Day fairs. Here’s a picture from the event, during my speech on transhumanism and hospitality.

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