OTAs penalize hotels that show a lower rate on their site or on another portal. This applies to both Booking.com and Expedia.
The Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) confirms one of the hotelier’s greatest fears. The research “Hotel Rankings of Online Travel Agents, Channel Pricing and Consumer Protection” demonstrates the legitimacy of this behavior towards hotels, affecting not only the hotelier, but also travelers.
Italian tourism is growing in 2018, but future prospects are uncertain.
Officina Turistica unveils the latest growth figures for Italian tourism in 2018. Italians who choose to stay in Italy for holidays remain the core of our tourism (60%), an increase of 1% compared to 2017. Even foreign visitors are increasing (+1.2 / 1.8%), demonstrating how Italy managed to steal a slice of the cake from other European countries. But forecasts are difficult for the next two years.
Travel Appeal makes the top 10 list of Italian startups working in Artificial Intelligence.
Nazionalyze, an information magazine dedicated to new technology, drew up the rankings for the 10 most important Italian startups linked to AI. A recognition that – in conjunction with our transition from a startup to scaleup – we are very pleased. We will continue to grow and offer increasingly innovative solutions for our customers, with thanks to our latest round of investments won, worth 3 million euros.
Airbnb buys Gaest.com, an online marketplace for booking meeting spaces on an hourly and daily basis.
With this move, Airbnb confirms its interest in the business world. “We imagine a world where anyone can share their space for professional events and, in the longer term, for celebrations. Bringing in a leadership team with strong domain knowledge allows us to accelerate our work in this area…” reveals David Holyoke, Global Head of Airbnb for Work.