Monthly Travel & Hospitality Roundup: APRIL 2019

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We are back with our Monthly Travel and Hospitality Roundup, where we bring you the most interesting and relevant news from the travel industry to keep you updated. Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

 

TECH

Google Maps is plotting a clear course in the direction of becoming a super-app for travel and dining.
Google Maps has updated it’s desktop and mobile app versions to add filters for its hotel search functionality. Users can now search properties to find ones with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a gym, and a pool, and to see if they are pet-friendly or kid-friendly and have services like free breakfast or a gym. Read More

WhatsApp Cannibalising Facebook, Instagram Revenues, Says Zuckerberg
WhatsApp may be eating away the time Indians spend on other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, making them less profitable for the company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted in a conference call with analysts. Read More…

HOTELS

IPL Boosts Hotel Occupancy
The 11TH edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has got off to a flying start with demand for matches, especially that’s played over the weekends attracting a huge volume of bookings from travellers who intend travelling to watch their favourite team in action. Read More…

Hyatt to double Saudi Arabia footprint by 2023
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing religious tourism markets in the world and one of Hyatt’s primary focus areas within the Middle East,” said Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hyatt. Read More…

OTAs

Hotel cancellation rate at 40% as online travel agencies push free change policy

The trend is causing problems for hoteliers who are unable to accurately forecast occupancy within their revenue management departments and creates headaches when organizing distribution across various channels. Read More…

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Jumia is one of a few companies that deserve credit for building nascent online travel businesses in several African markets. But as Google and other tech platforms gain a continent-wide presence, they may use their pervasiveness to play kingmakers in online travel. Read More…

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