I read about this one in the USA Today… a new travel mashup that incorporates a little social networking enabling users to setup a more web20-ish profile, save trips, search for travel related info, join groups etc…
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Ashton Kutcher continues his expansion into all things internet, as it has just been announced that he has made a significant investment in travel startup Airbnb. Airbnb is an online company that provides travelers the opportunity to ditch the hotel and stay in privately listed locations, from basic to extravagant. Users list their properties for rent and once travelers begin …
Last week, Google’s ITA Software acquisition got the greenlight from the Department of Justice, provided certain requirements were honored. Google has now quietly updated its blog post from when that happened with a simple sentence: “Our acquisition of ITA has now closed.” Upon approval, the DoJ said: In order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA …
When the announcement came out regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software (with certain stipulations), we included a brief statement from FairSearch on the subject. FairSearch is an organization made up mainly of travel sites, which was designed to see the ITA acquisition blocked. It also counts Google’s arch-nemesis Microsoft among its members. Now, they’ve …
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are some stipulations, however. The DoJ said: …in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software …
Expedia announced that it’s separating from TripAdvisor to form two seaprate companies. This has already been approved by the Board of Directors. Both companies will be publicly traded. TripAdvisor will include domestic and international operations associated with the TripAdvisor Media Group. This includes the TripAdvisor brand, as well as 18 other travel media and advertising brands. Expedia will continue to …
In keeping with its expansion of travel-related features, Bing has launched new Attractions Pages, and an Attractions Tab as a search option. The feature is designed to be a way to find out more information related to specific tourist attractions for any given location. From the looks of it, they have a lot of attractions to add, but they have …
Bing said today it is partnering with online travel site KAYAK for flight search results. Bing said the partnership with KAYAK will allow it to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide Bing with flight search results from multiple cities, airports and airlines. Going forward, Bing will have access to all of KAYAK’s …
The National Federation of the Blind, an advocate for Internet access for blind Americans, announced an agreement with Travelocity to make its website more accessible to the blind.
Under the agreement, Travelocity Under today’s agreement, Travelocity will make accessible by July 1, 2011, its home page and each initial Web page used for searching flights, hotels, and vacation packages .
Zoombu was founded by Rachel Armitage and Dr. Alistair Hann, who have moved into key roles at Skyscanner. With Zoombu, their goal was to provide multiple transport options in a single search.
Bing has launched “Destination Pages” for city searches. If you go to a city’s page, you will find information about events, weather, flights, news, etc. related to that city. You can find them by simply searching on Bing for a city and clicking the "Destinations" tab.
If you have a beef with Google’s actions, the trendy thing to do these days appears to be making a video about it, and using Eric Schmidt quotes and likenesses, making them as creepy as possible.
The latest such video comes from FairSearch.org. This is an organization that refers to itself as, "a group of businesses united in support of a healthy Internet future, where greater consumer choice and economic growth are driven by competition, transparency and innovation in online search."
Rand McNally has relaunched its travel website, offering new travel and destination content, video travel guides, and travel services.
RandMcNally.com now features upgraded maps and directions, information on more than 15 million points of interest, more than 2,000 destinations, and offers more than 8,000 video travel guides.
Norwegian Cruise Line said today it is working with YouTube to launch “YouTube Vacationer,” a travel specific channel.
YouTube Vacationer features travel advice and ideas from Lonely Planet, National Geographic and the Travel Channel.
"From a marketing perspective, this opportunity is compelling because it provides a truly organic user experience and represents another great way for brands to work with YouTube,” said Maria Miller, Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of marketing.
Gowalla announced that it has some new trip tools and options today.
"The Trips feature is one of our favorites on Gowalla, and it’s also a favorite of users, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, you name it," the company says. "Something we’ve been meaning to knock out for a while and have finally gotten around to is making Trip creation an easier and smoother process, and we’re rolling it out today."
BBC.com has launched a new travel site in partnership with its sister company Lonely Planet.
BBC.com/travel is the first in a series of lifestyle sites, announced last month with the launch of the new BBC.com U.S. edition.
"We know the people who come to BBC.com are curious about the world and look to us to feed that curiosity," said Miranda Cresswell, SVP, BBC.com
Google announced that it has signed an acquisition agreement with ITA Software. Reports of talks surrounding such an acquisition were revealed in April, but talk heated up again this week, mostly regarding issues of concern expressed by many in the travel industry.
Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP, Search Products & User Experience, has now posted to the Official Google Blog that an agreement has been signed. She writes:
Online travel website TripAdvisor has launched a new TripAdvisor iPhone application, available on Apple’s App Store.
The free applications allow users to search for popular hotels, restaurants, attractions and cheap airfares. The application is available in 13 languages, giving users a localized experience on TripAdvisor.
"Our iPhone app gives people in 20 countries and 13 languages a new way to access the more than 35 million traveler reviews and opinions available on TripAdvisor," said Steve Kaufer, founder and CEO of TripAdvisor.
A few travel experts are themselves completing a trip this morning. Google’s managed to get the folks behind Ruba – a travel site – to join its organization, and they’re all going to the Googleplex.
Ruba is 15 months old, and prior to this arrangement, was backed by Benchmark Capital (which has also invested in eBay, Twitter, and Yelp) and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (of Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla Motors fame). That speaks to some pretty interesting things taking place.
Travel review site TripAdvisor said today it has officially launched its mobile website.
The TripAdvisor mobile website is now available in 17 countries and 11 different languages. The beta version of the mobile site attracted more than one million unique monthly visitors.
On TripAdvisor’s mobile site, users can find nearby restaurants, hotels, attractions and directions to them via smartphones with GPS capabilities. Users can also post reviews and opinions while traveling.
Expedia has launched a new free iPhone application, TripAssist, that links to its mobile website to allow users to mange their travel itineraries.
TripAssist allows users to research flights, destinations, hotels, cars and activities. Once they make a reservation, they can manage and update their itineraries, find an alternative flight, research their seats and access real-time flight information. The app also offers real-time SMS and email updates for free.
Airfare tracking service Yapta said today it is partnering with travel search site Kayak to power its flight search engine.
"By introducing Kayak’s best-in-class flight search engine, Yapta members now have greater access to flight data and are able to track prices for virtually any flight in the world," said Tom Romary, president and CEO of Yapta.
Today Microsoft launched a new Bing feature for travel, appropriately called Bing Travel. Microsoft says that 45% of people use a search engine to select a flight or hotel. This is the main inspiration for Bing Travel.
Bing Travel conducted a survey recently that found 52% of potential travelers search three or more sites before booking their airfare. 42% of travelers spend between one and four weeks weighing their travel options, and 17% spend over a month.
Priceline has announced it is offering price guarantees for all of its airline tickets and vacation packages as part of a spring travel promotion for all bookings made through June 1.
Recently a number of other online travel agencies have offered similar promotions including Orbitz and Expedia’s Hotwire.com.
Online travel review site TripAdvisor has launched a new flight search engine aimed at providing travelers with information on airline ticket prices, fees for checked baggage and other services.
TripAdvisor says its search engine provides more flight choices in its search results along with direct booking links to major travel companies including Expedia, Travelocity, Hotwire, and nearly every U.S. airline.
Last Friday, travel site Travelzoo announced that it had purchased the domain Fly.com for $1.8 million. Not a lot of details were released about the transaction, so I contacted Travelzoo to find out a bit more. Mindy Joyce, Travelzoo’s senior marketing director got back to me and answered a few questions.
A TSA Laptop containing names, social security numbers, passport numbers, and a host of other personal information has been stolen out of a locked cabinet at the San Francisco Airport, and no the hard drive was not encrypted.
There is no notification of the breach at the flyclear.com site, nor has anything been reported on the breech blog or on the attrition.org data loss site on this issue yet.
In the official press release, forms of the word "merge" are used four times, "purchasing" comes up once, and "acquire" and "buy" are nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless, the bottom line is that Kayak.com secured a spectacular round of funding, and proceeded to take over SideStep.com.