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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GDSes deserve some love

These days when you read about hotel distribution, the Priceline's, Kayak's and TripAdvisor's of this world get all the attention. Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport get hardly any mention allthough they are kicking butt when it comes to hotel bookings - and at increasingly higher average rates.
The GDS channel posted ADR growth of 4.6% during the second quarter, according to data from TravelClick’s “North American distribution review.” That bested not only the OTAs (3.9% ADR growth) but also brand.com as well as central reservation offices, which house central reservations systems (both at 3.8%).  “Interestingly, the GDS continues to demonstrate growth, especially with higher ADR bookings,” TravelClick’s John Hach noted in a news release. Read More »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GDS hotel bookings deliver highest ADR growth in Q2

According to data from the TravelClick North American Distribution Review, the OTA, Brand.com and GDS channels all experienced healthy growth in the transient segment. The GDS channel has the highest ADR growth in the quarter, up 4.9 percent year-over-year. Read More »

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MP's to lobby for cut in tourism VAT

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is increasing pressure on the government to cut the rate of tourism VAT by establishing a cross party parliamentary group of MP's to build momentum for the bill.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Visitor Economy will be chaired by Nigel Huddleston, Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire and Margaret Ritchie, the Social Democrat and Labor MP for South Down in Northern Ireland.

It will also promote measures to drive visitor number and investment across regional economies in Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Expedia amends rate-parity clauses

1 July 2015 – The Expedia group (Expedia) today announced that it intends to waive certain clauses in its agreements with its European hotel partners.

A number of European competition authorities are currently investigating rate, conditions and availability parity clauses in certain online travel agency agreements with hotels. Expedia has worked closely and constructively with these authorities and the European Commission and today announced that it is waiving its rate, conditions and availability parity clauses with its hotel partners for a period of five years in line with Clauses 1.1, 1.2 and 2.1 of the formal commitments offered by Booking.com and accepted by the national competition authorities in France, Italy and Sweden in April 2015. The changes announced today apply to all hotel properties in Europe and affect consumers booking via Expedia’s sites worldwide. Read More »

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Booking.com alarmed by France's new hotel rate parity plans

On June 16th, France’s national assembly adopted a new bill that is up for a final vote on July 14th and has the potential to reshuffle the cards on how Booking.com and Expedia partner with hotels.
The so called Macron bill - named after French Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron - prohibits OTAs from including any parity clauses at all in their agreements with hotels, and gives hoteliers the full pricing freedom - including offering lower rates on their own websites.

If accepted, the bill will basically render all current OTA hotel agreements in France invalid as early as August this year, and puts and end to hotel rate parity as we know it.

New agreements between OTAs and hotels will have to be formulated in a way that allow hotels to offer lower rates in any of their sales channels, including their own website.

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