Vacation.com Unveils New Brand and Positioning | Travel Agent Central

Vacation.com revealed details of its new brand that the consortia says is positioned around travel agents’ aspirations to “Belong. Inspire. Grow.” The updated tagline more incisively reflects the industry-leading role outlined in the organization’s positioning statement, Vacation.com said: “Vacation.com is an innovative network of professionals that celebrates highly driven travel agencies by supporting them with the tools to help them grow and inspire.”

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How Booking Sites Performed on Stock Markets in 2013 – Skift

Priceline deservedly got most of the attention among online travel agencies in 2013 as its share price shattered the historic $1,000 mark in September and closed the year up 78.1% at $1,162.40.

But, leapfrogging-bragging rights for the year goes to lowly Orbitz Worldwide, which closed out the year with its stock price increasing 149.3% to $7.18.

Orbitz has a long way to go: Priceline’s shares could lose $7.18 in a day without breaking a sweat.

Orbitz made some strides in 2013, shifting some of its revenue mix toward hotels, notching some private-label wins and patching up one of its brands in Australia, but its room-night growth was lackluster and its sales targets for 2014 are sub-par.

via How Booking Sites Performed on Stock Markets in 2013 – Skift.

Chinese détente: Travel giants Ctrip and Qunar agree to work together | Tnooz

In a somewhat surprising move, China’s two leading travel portals Ctrip and Qunar have decided they can forge a strategic partnerships.

The deal is only aimed at boosting the vacation product sales between the portals, and gaining additional traffic, yet the agreement is interesting for various reasons.

In the past, Ctrip and Qunar have fought legal battles against each other, covering both an infringement lawsuit and a defamation lawsuit.

Qunar

Read more at http://www.tnooz.com/2013/08/08/news/chinese-detente-travel-giants-ctrip-and-qunar-agree-to-work-together/#yGqcPI8eZk7uwGRA.99

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Expedia Faced Q2 Advertising Woes and its Hotwire Business Suffered, by Skift – Skift

Expedia Faced Q2 Advertising Woes and its Hotwire Business Suffered, by Skift – Skift.

TV travel advertising in the U.S. has suddenly become more crowded and competitive, and as Expedia Inc. brands struggled to break through the clutter in the second quarter, the company’s hotel business suffered, and its Hotwire unit took a particularly hard hit.

Amidst some downbeat financials, that was the competitive climate that officials said Expedia operated in during the quarter.

The impact of Expedia’s multifaceted woes? Room night growth decelerated from 28% year-over year in the first quarter to 19% in the second quarter, and revenue growth likewise slowed from 24% in the first quarter to 16% in the second.

And, Expedia Inc.’s net income declined 27% to $90.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same period a year earlier

Wego appoints Joachim Holte as Chief Marketing Officer – People On The Move – etravelblackboardasia.com

Wego appoints Joachim Holte as Chief Marketing Officer – People On The Move – etravelblackboardasia.com.

 

Wego.com, the leading travel search site across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, today announced the appointment of Joachim Holte as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Holte will manage all demand generation and brand marketing activities worldwide including SEO, SEM, display, affiliate and partner marketing, PR, CRM and offline advertising. Holte will report to Wego CEO and Co-Founder, Ross Veitch and has relocated to the Singapore HQ from Australia.

Arab Travelers Become a Key Source Market for Hotels in the Middle East

Arab Travelers Become a Key Source Market for Hotels in the Middle East.

Ramallah, Palestine (PRWEB) July 14, 2013

Yamsafer, an online hotel booking website recently re-launched its redesigned website to include new Arab destinations such as the UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, KSA and Egypt. The company will soon increase the number of participating hotels to 2,500 properties spanning the MENA region in 22 Arab countries with a focus on competitive hotel pricing.

Why online travel in Indonesia is different | Tnooz

Why online travel in Indonesia is different | Tnooz.

As Wego plots significant expansion in Asia, the $36m funded company highlights just how different the Indonesian travel industry is to other markets in the region.

Indonesian travellers prefer to pay via bank transfer, experts say rate parity is a myth among hotels and it’s the country where BlackBerry still leads (mobile marketing strategy, anyone?)
Read more at http://www.tnooz.com/2013/07/16/news/why-online-travel-in-indonesia-is-different/#G0zF2Qz9uzBZcwUK.99