The Week, That Was – June 2019 Week 2

In five minutes or less, keep track of the most important news of the week, curated just for you. We present to you hand – picked news on latest industry perspectives and some general updates. Read on!!

HospitalityUnited.Club to host Cocktails & Conversation in Minneapolis

WIHP, AgentX101, LiveOS, RateTiger & Rebelo Gloger Attorneys at Law have teamed up to host the US 2019 edition of HUC Cocktails and Conversation on 18th June at one of the upscale hotels in the heart of Minneapolis Convention District. The event will bring together travel technology innovators and hoteliers for an informal relaxed evening of peer-to-peer discussion on new trends affecting hospitality.

Will Google and Amazon embrace a blockchain travel marketplace?

With a title of “director of future business,” Nordic Choice Hotels’ Christian Lundén spends a lot of time thinking about what distribution will look like in the coming years for the company that operates 40,000 rooms in nearly 200 properties across Scandinavia and the Baltics.

BCD Travel unveils new global hotels division

eRevMax partner BCD Travel unveiled a new global hotel division and branded service, Stay by BCD Travel, for managing hotel programs.

Frustration with online travel booking continues as consumers consult more sites

A study from Yieldify, a specialist in customer journey optimization, reveals that almost 42% of consumers are taking longer to book travel than five years ago. The ‘How We Book Now’ report says there are two main drivers for the increase, with almost half of consumers carrying “multiple purchase journeys” for each trip as almost half are booking each element separately.

Airbnb moves into adventure tours market

Airbnb Adventures features more than 200 tours that are either exclusive to Airbnb, or provided by operators not typically found on any other major booking platform.

What to do if your hotel receives an ADA web compliance lawsuit

A Fort Lauderdale woman and her attorney reached settlements with at least 20 hotels and motels in Florida because their websites’ reservations systems “failed to provide any information regarding the accessibility of the hotel or rooms”.

What happens to rate parity when Airbnb is an online travel agency?

As lines blur between platform and provider, there are some real questions around rate parity and price competitiveness in this brave new world.

The future of video marketing: Growth and demand

The preference for video content is not just limited to streaming online movies and shows or watching YouTube video clips, video is now extending into brands with studies showing that consumers (over 50%) are interested in video content from brands or businesses that they support.

Is the hotel industry sleepwalking into a regulatory crisis?

On September 14th 2019, radical new regulation will shake up online card transactions, yet hotels are not prepared for the fundamental changes in store. Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is a requirement of the European Union’s sprawling Revised Directive on Payment Services (commonly known as PSD2), and will demand that issuers receive two separate types of authentication to approve the vast majority of online (‘card not present’) transactions.

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