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Yahoo Travel Focuses On FareChase

Consider this one more example of how Yahoo does not, by any means, move quickly.  Still, the search market’s perpetual runner-up does move, and its latest change brought the FareChase travel engine into a more prominent spot.

UK’s Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

At the moment, it’s supposedly rainy and about 48 degrees Fahrenheit in London.  That doesn’t sound too bad, really, but it could be better, and so people in the UK are performing more travel-related searches.UK's Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

Travel Search Sites Kayak, SideStep Connect
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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.

Google, Search Drives Health, Travel Traffic
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Websites in the health & medical and the travel categories received substantial traffic driven to them from search engines in November 2007.

VibeAgent: Travel Mashup With Social Networking

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…

Yahoo, Sony BMG Partner Over Video-On-Demand

Destination Handycam seemed like a marketing ploy as much as the result an important partnership, but the site, which was worked on by both Sony and Yahoo, may have led to the current development: a deal relating to music and video content.

Online Travel Purchases Increasing
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The Internet has become a travel distribution channel with 70 percent of online leisure travelers booking some of their personal travel online and 52 percent purchasing all or most of their travel online according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "US Travel Consumer Survey 2007."

VibeAgent Travel Network Upgraded

VibeAgent, a travel site with some social networking characteristics, has introduced a host of upgrades over the past few days.  None of them will blow your mind, but they represent nice extensions of the site’s existing features.

Yahoo Hacks New Shopping, Travel Products
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The last Internal Hack Day at Yahoo, 24 hours of coding fun fueled by lots of pizza, has yielded a couple of new services that have been rolled out to their Travel and Shopping products.

SideStep Providing Washingtonpost.com Search

Internet travel search company SideStep, has announced a distribution partnership with the washingtonpost.com.

MySpace Gets Facebook Travel App

Where I’ve Been (WIB), an interactive map that allows users to share the places they have visited has launched on MySpace.

Limelight Teams With Lonely Planet

Limelight Networks, a content delivery network for digital media, announced today that Lonely Planet has tapped Limelight’s network to power its new lonelyplanet TV video channel.

Dopplr Social Network Finds Funding

Dopplr, a social network for travelers, is getting a lot of attention; although it’s in an invitation-only mode, there have been plenty of positive reviews.  What’s also important, however, is the attention it’s received from some investors.

Farecast Launches Hotels Search

Travel search site Farecast has launched the beta version of its hotels search.

Traveloctiy Tweaks Hotel Review Tool
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Travelocity has launched a new hotel review tool that provides users with more relevant results for their own personal tastes and interests.

Strong Branding Drives Search And Conversions

"Branding" has become a bit of a buzzword in online marketing, though there are still detractors out there decrying the lack of ROI, or at least the inability to measure it. Advocates have been quick to note that branding matters, it matters a lot, and now there are some numbers to back that up.

MSN Partners With Farecast

MSN has entered into a partnership with Farecast.com, an airfare prediction site.

European Online Travel Outpaces U.S.

Online travel reservations in Europe grew 30 percent in 2006, according to analysts in a July 9, 2007 New York Times Article.

Compared to European online travel growth, U.S. online travel has hit a plateau.

Hotels Reserve Space In Yahoo Search

Yahoo has enabled some travel assistance within its search results for people looking for hotels at a vacation destination.

UK Goes Online For Travel Reviews

About half of UK consumers who use the Internet to research travel do not make hotel reservations because of a negative online review, according to American Express "Hospitality Monitor 2007" report.

AOL Launches Travel Guides

AOL has launched the beta version of its AOL Travel Guides, an online service that offers information on 1,900 locations and more than 100,000 hotels.

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