All posts by Paul Manzey

HotelTonight Announces Expansion of Reservation Window

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Last-minute hotel booking service HotelTonight has put in quite a great deal of work over the past three years to become the go-to mobile service for same-day hotel bookings.  Up to this point, travelers who are using the mobile app have been able to reserve same-day hotel rooms from 9:00 am (the day of) for up to 70% below the standard price.  Now the travel startup wants to expand its availability window. Continue reading

Europe Accounts for 55% of Airbnb Revenues

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Airbnb has been a poster child for the “shared economy” era of travel in which we find ourselves today.  The company made headlines for a variety of reasons over the summer, but not all of the press was positive in nature.  Legal proceedings in two of the country’s largest states (California and New York) put a bit of a damper on news that the startup reached a $10 billion valuation. Continue reading

HomeAway Expands Exposure on Expedia

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Travelers who are looking for vacation rental options across the globe are turning to HomeAway, and who could blame them?  The company just announced that it currently has more than 1 million vacation rentals listings across their various outlets (Homeaway.com, VRBO.com, etc.).  However, thanks to a new agreement with Expedia, it will be even easier for travelers to find HomeAway rentals online. Continue reading

Travel Agencies Trending Upward in 2014

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Despite the fact that OTA’s like Orbitz and Travelocity are now responsible for about 70% of travel booking in the United States today, the individuals who work out of the brick-and-mortar travel agencies are reporting booming sales according to a recent Los Angeles Times article.

A recent survey by the American Society of Travel Agents, which represents nearly 6,00 travel agents across the country, found that most travel agents found that their revenues, bookings, and total number of clients are up in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year.  Here are some key statistics from that survey: Continue reading

Expedia to Launch New Tablet App

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The old guard of travel companies – Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz – have seemingly been in a holding pattern since the late 1990’s when it comes to technological innovation.  These companies were slow when it came to moving to mobile, and have also been slow when it comes to redesigning “outdated” websites.

Now Expedia is taking a major step and one that it hopes will capture more travelers and make searching for travel accommodations a less industrial experience and a more sensual one.  The company previewed its new tablet app, which focuses on striking, large scenic visuals, at a recent launch event in San Francisco. Continue reading