A BIG REVOLUTION IN ONLINE BOOKING: EXPEDIA HELPS YOU BOOKING HOTELS WHILE CHATTING
Expedia introduced the first Facebook Messenger bot that helps users to find and book hotels while chatting.
A very clever move, because millions of users use the Facebook chat service regularly.
The Expedia bot will start the conversation with some useful question which will allow it to understand the travellers needs, then will start suggesting solutions and help you booking. Read the full story…
PRICELINE FOUNDERS INVEST IN THE BUSINESS TRAVEL SEGMENT
Upside, the new startup built by Priceline founders, introduced an app to help business travellers be more flexible with flights and hotels. By using a rewarding system and bug data algorithms, the system learns about habits, tastes and preferences of business travellers and matches them with the offering from Expedia and Sabre.
When a business traveller books using Upside, and allows the system to choose a flexible solution, the app awards up to $200 in Gift Bonuses. Read the full story…
THE UNSTOPPABLE GROWTH OF SHORT TERM RENTALS IN 4 FACTS
1. Airbnb will be the second biggest hospitality company by room sales within 2020.
2. In 2015, short term room rentals have been one of the most popular hospitality solutions in North America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacifc. Western Europe and North America have grossed the largest revenues.
3. The average spending for room rentals has dropped since 2008. This is mainly due to an increasing offering.
4. US are the most fertile territory for short room rentals: they now offer 17% of all the rooms, and the figure is going to increase to 23% by 2020.
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