Trials for world’s first Google Glass check-in app

A company in the US is testing the world’s first Google Glass app for hotel reception staff. Hospitality IT firm Itesso has developed a new app that will allow front desk staff to instantly recognise and check-in guests via the Google Glass app, which will be integrated with the hotel’s property management system (PMS). The […]

Hostelworld joins Samsung Wallet in latest mobile push

Hostelworld has struck a deal with Samsung Wallet in a bid to improve its mobile offering. The budget travel website said that it is “confident” that the move will make mobile bookings quicker and more convenient. “We are continually looking for strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships and joining Samsung Wallet is a step forward in […]

Google Glass has been released into the wild

Google Glass has been released into the wild – at least for those dropping $1,500 – and app developers are beginning to take the emerging platform a bit more seriously. Spanish OTA Destinia has created “Hotel Near Me,” which allows Glass users to search for hotels, and then ultimately book one of the 200,000 hotels on […]

14 Digital Marketing Trends for Hotels in 2014 – Infographic

In the travel & hospitality sphere, it’s always insightful to take a closer look at how hotels embrace new technologies and face upcoming challenges. The folks at NetAffinity came up with this nifty infographic that paints a pretty good picture of digital marketing trends hotel marketers can expect to deal with in 2014, if they […]

Mobile Bookings to Comprise One Fifth of European Online Travel Market by 2015

Europe’s travel market is forging ahead with renewed vigor as the region’s travel bookings reach record highs. According to an upcoming PhoCusWright European and Global Edition report, total European gross travel bookings surpassed their pre-recession peak in 2012 and are projected to hit a record €251.4 billion in 2013. Despite mixed economic conditions across European markets, the region as a […]

YHA New Zealand launches new travel app

YHA New Zealand has launched an essential new travel app for smartphones to help travellers access better information for the best possible travel experiences. The YHA New Zealand Travel App draws from multiple databases that access the combined knowledge of thousands of travellers to create a super travel app database. Designed to help travellers get […]

StudentUniverse acquires travel startup WeHostels

StudentUniverse announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WeHostels – a mobile travel agency that allows users to book budget accommodation through its best-in-class mobile applications. The announcement comes less than two months after StudentUniverse’s first international expansion into the UK. “We are excited and honored to bring WeHostels’ incredible people […]

Groupon Acquires Blink and Gets Into Last-Minute Mobile Hotel Booking Game

And suddenly, Groupon is back in travel: The daily deals site has acquired Madrid-based last-minute hotel booking app Blink to add to its Groupon Getaways travel business. Blink says it works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Blink app will be rebranded “Blink by Groupon” and will […]

Skyscanner acquires Barcelona-based hotel search firm

Barcelona-based internet hotel search firm Fogg has been taken over by Skyscanner. The deal is seen as a “significant step” in boosting the flight search company’s offering. The acquisition of Fogg for an undisclosed sum follows the introduction of a car rental engine in 200 markets around the world. Skyscanner aims to integrate Fogg’s hotel search into […]

The Power of Youth Travel – Infographic