WIT – WEB IN TRAVEL : Groupon makes comeback with travel, mobile push and a new “pull” model

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked these days – after Groupon set up its Travel vertical group in Asia Pacific earlier this year – is “how long do you think they will last?”

In the rapid-fire world of online, it seemed only yesterday when Groupon, the daily deals monster, was hailed as the game-changer in travel and today, some people are surprised that it’s actually still around and not imploded like the thousands of copycat sites that mushroomed after “the Groupon phenomenon”.

So when Seah Seah (left), formerly with Langham Hotels and prior to that, ZUJI, joined them as their travel head last October, many people were surprised – why would Seah join a company that is perceived to be floundering and its CEO Andrew Mason left in rather dramatic fashion, writing the most-talked-about resignation letter in the US corporate world?

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The Travel Marketing Digest – Volume III issue 4

The latest Travel Marketing Digest is now available to read.

Groupon Blinks, Airline Ancillary Revenues Double, Via Milano – innovation in airport connections, Wearable Technologies and Travel, Starwood on the Future of Hotels, Skift on Middle Eastern Airlines & Twitter, IATA Airlines Stats

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Groupon Acquires Last-Minute Travel App Blink (NASDAQ:GRPN)

Groupon LogoCHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Groupon today announced the acquisition of last-minute travel app Blink, a leading European destination for great deals on highly curated, same-day hotel bookings, bolstering its rapidly growing Groupon Getaways travel business. TheMadrid-based Blink works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very excited to welcome the Blink team to the Groupon family,” said Aaron Cooper, senior vice president of Groupon Getaways. “The combination of a fantastic mobile app, same-day inventory management for properties and a team that is obsessed with mobile and last-minute travel will help us further expand our travel business as the go-to destination for great deals on great places to stay.”

The addition of same-day bookings gives Groupon Getaways another way to serve customers’ travel needs, whether it’s deals on hotels across the globe, all-inclusive travel packages or full-service tours in popular destinations. Blink’s easy-to-use mobile app caters to on-the-go travelers looking for unique hotels in travel hotspots across Europe and complements Groupon’s existing European travel offerings.

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