April 18, 2014

Airbnb offers to pay hotel taxes, NY hotel lobby says ‘no thanks’

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes.

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Starwood launches app for Google Glass

Starwood plans to continue updating the app based on user feedback, but for now there appears to be a decent set of features. This list includes being able to search (by voice) for any of the 1,100 Starwood hotels and get turn-by-turn directions to the hotel as well as explore and share images of the hotel, rooms and more.

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Travel agents love hotel websites

New research from Benchmark Hositality suggests that an attractive and user-friendly hotel website with direct booking option generates revenue with the travel agents - in fact agents use this method 34% of the time for making reservations (GDS is 38% of TA bookings).

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