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Travel never looked so mobile – APAC takes lead
19/09/2014, by

Online travel never looked so mobile, especially in Asia Pacific with more than 20% of travel bookings made on a mobile device, compared with Brazil and Germany with less than 10%. The Travel Flash Report from Criteo, the performance advertising technology company, represents the activity of more ... Read more

The Wrap: Habits of Malaysian online shoppers unveiled
18/09/2014, by

In the news this week: Habits of Malaysian online shoppers, international tourists up for H1 2014, specialist training for Etihad Airways' trainee butlers Habits of Malaysian online shoppers unveiledMost Malaysians are shopaholics, and shopping is a national pastime for them. In fact, the country ha... Read more

The New Gen Renter: A threat or opportunity to hotels?
18/09/2014, by

I came home from walking the dogs the other day to find a notice left on my door by my estate management. I sometimes feel they’re there to keep me in my place rather than keep people out.Anyhow, the gist of the memo was to tell me that they’d discovered that at least one of the residents had do... Read more

Starwood ups the loyalty ante with launch of SPG Pro
16/09/2014, by

Starwood Preferred Guest®, the 15 year-old loyalty programme from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will be getting a revamp from October 15, 2014, as it extends its sights to its business-to-business customer base.The new, comprehensive loyalty programme will target meeting and travel prof... Read more

8 luxury travel trends you shouldn’t ignore
16/09/2014, by

Brand Karma has just published its latest research on Luxury Travel Trends, and we present the summarised findings here. So Luxury digital marketers, this one is for you.  1. Small is the New Big. In luxury travel social media, size does matter. But in this case smaller is better when it comes to d... Read more

A new kind of fast is happening at FastBooking
15/09/2014, by

It’s all happening at FastBooking.com these days. A new website launched last week; a new generation booking engine, Attraction, launched; a new managing director for Asia Pierre-Charles Grob who moved to Singapore couple of months ago, a regional conference in Singapore just wrapped up late last ... Read more

MakeMyTrip launches US$15m innovation fund to spark start-ups
11/09/2014, by

MakeMyTrip Limited (MMYT) announced the institution of a $15 million Innovation Fund to support early stage companies in the travel space. The fund will focus on start-ups in travel technology with a special focus on Mobile and IP based companies. Speaking on this initiative, Deep Kalra, Founder &a... Read more

Meet Singapore’s new “secret” hotel
11/09/2014, by

“Sofitel So, please, the new hotel on Robinson Road,” I told the taxi driver.“Ah, the secret hotel,” he replied.That’s how the new Sofitel So in the financial heart of Singapore is being called by taxi drivers. Secret because the driveway is pretty hard to find if you’re driving to it ... Read more

Videos influence travellers’ purchasing decisions
10/09/2014, by

A recent study Google conducted with Ipsos MediaCT (read the report) shows that two out of three U.S. consumers watch online travel videos when they are thinking about taking a trip to know more about the destination they are visiting, as well as to learn some local tips or points of interest.The in... Read more