November 21, 2014

Amazon to get into hotel booking business is poised to launch its own travel service, featuring booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities, Skift has learned. The initial rollout of Amazon Travel would feature a curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ drive from New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The service will likely go live around January 1.

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Hotels need to re-think their search strategy

With the dominance of big brands in the hospitality industry, Google's new Local 3-Pack is going to make the lives of independent and boutique properties a bit more difficult. Google’s recent Pigeon algorithm rewards sites that have greater domain authority with better local rankings.

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Travel flash sales are back, as Groupon Getaways grows fast

While the former category star TripAdvisor’s Jetsetter struggles, Groupon‘s Getaways vertical continues to see growth in flash sales. Over the last year, Groupon has generated more than $908 million in gross travel billings–nearly 13% of all of Groupon’s total gross billings during the same time period.

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The coming wave of OTAs

Lorraine Sileo, senior vice president, research of Phocuswright, kicked off the “OTAs - The Coming Wave” session at this year's WIT Conference in Singapore by painting the big picture of how OTAs were evolving. Here’s a recap of what she shared on stage.

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