Monthly Travel & Hospitality Roundup: NOVEMBER 2017

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Welcome again to the third edition of KePSLA’s Monthly Travel & Hospitality Roundup. Get ready for some of the latest trends and happenings in the travel industry. Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Industry News

Hotel Industry Warns Tourism to Suffer At 18% GST On Rooms

According to estimates, a GST rate of 5 per cent will more than double both foreign travel coming to India to 20 million tourists and domestic travel within India to 2.5 billion. Read more.

Innovation in an ever-changing travel industry, and addressing the needs of airline, agency and consumer

Emerging technology and digital innovation in the travel industry were front and center in Dallas this week, as executives gathered for the 10th annual “The Beat Live” conference, featuring travel industry executives representing airlines, hotels and travel management companies. Read more

OTAs

MakeMyTrip Takes Steps to Escape Becoming a Price-War Casualty

On Wednesday, MakeMyTrip reported a loss of $62 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. That was a 57 percent increase over the loss it had in the same period a year prior. Read more.

Ctrip Buys Trip.com for Skyscanner to Enhance Local Recommendations

China’s largest online travel agency, Ctrip, has acquired Trip.com, the travel recommendation service founded and led by Travis Katz. Read more.

Trivago Makes a Tech Acquisition That Bolsters an Industry Trend

lot of hotel-search sites aim to present users with search results tailored just for them, and now Trivago has acquired a small company that it hopes will get it closer to that goal. The Expedia-backed hotel searcher has acquired a small Hamburg-based company, Tripl. Read more.

Travel Tech

Wall Street Journal launches booking tool for biz travelers

The Wall Street Journal has launched an online travel booking service for business travelers powered by Upside Travel. The Wall Street Journal Business Travel Service enables travelers to book individual flights and hotels. Read more.

 

Analytics

How Hotels Can Help Drive Direct Bookings in 2018

Hotels have a lot to gain when customers book directly with them. It allows properties to own the customer relationship and ensure the best possible experience before, during, and after their stay. Read more.

Five Ways Companies Can Motivate Travelers to Stay In-Policy

Effective travel policies can be tough to get right. While creating an engaging policy that employees will actually want to read is definitely an achievement, getting them to actually follow the rules within the policy is yet another challenge that companies often come across. Read more.

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