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Airbnb has slowly and steadily disrupted the hospitality market, to the point where it has started to concern some major hotel companies. One area where traditional hotels have continued to dominate, however, is with business travelers. Airbnb is working to change that, and in order to do so, the company has now acquired Urbandoor, a platform that offers extended stays to corporate clients, which has given it a focus on business guests since it was founded back in 2015.
Tempted – First Travel Startup Dedicated to Children-free Hotels, Restaurants, and Activities Around the World – HospitalityNet
Former Vice President of TourMega and multi-talented French entrepreneur, Miriam Bulin-Diarra has proudly announced the worldwide launch of her all-new travel startup called Tempted. Tempted is the first and only digital travel platform that is entirely dedicated to accommodations and entertainment children-free.
Google Price-Matching: Are Hotel Bookings Next? – Phocuswire
Recently, Google announced a test of a new brand promise for its Flights product: a “lowest fare” price guarantee that offers cash refunds to travelers for overpaying on select itineraries. If the algorithm recommends “buy now”, and the fare actually drops prior to travel, Google will issue a cash refund. The feature is either a bold product move or a savvy marketing effort – or both, as the guarantee emphasizes confidence in the accuracy of its predictive algorithm.
Booking Opens Nominations For Its 2020 Technology Playmaker Awards – HospitalityNet
Today, Booking, one of the world’s largest travel e-commerce companies, launched its 2020 Technology Playmaker Awards to celebrate female trailblazers across the global technology industry. Committed to the belief that technology should be an industry for everyone, Booking introduced the awards in 2017 to recognize women who are pushing the boundaries of excellence, leadership and innovation in technology, and inspiring future generations of tech leaders.
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Marriott International Commits to Continued Innovation in Hotel Guest-facing Technologies – Hotel Technology News
Launched in February, the Marriott Bonvoy app is designed to make it even easier for people to search and book hotels across Marriott’s portfolio of 6,700 participating hotels across 30 brands in 130 countries, engage in mobile check-in (with an alert sent when the room is ready), use mobile key (in select hotels) to enter the room, submit mobile requests for service and amenities, and chat with representatives before, during, and after their stay.