• Issue 1027

Ctrip winning mobile battle

 

Shanghai based Ctrip, China’s biggest travel website, grew its hotel booking business 67% last quarter. The company is stealing market share from rival Elong, whose top shareholder is Expedia, reports Bloomberg.

 

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Airbnb goes corporate

 

Accommodation sharing site Airbnb has teamed up with corporate travel booker Concur to grow business users. Close to 10% of Airbnb bookings already come from business travellers, reports Bloomberg.

 

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Roomzzz adds Nottingham

 

Aparthotel operator Roomzzz has bought a Nottingham hotel for conversion. The 96 room Welbeck will be refurbished early next year to create 106 apartments before reopening in April 2015.

 

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Choice links with Ford

 

Choice Hotels has linked with carmaker Ford to provide an in-car app to make hands-free hotel reservations. The facility works with 1.5 million newer Ford cars, and will work in 7 million newly manufactured vehicles by 2015.

 

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Crowne Plaza for India

 

IHG has signed a deal to open a second Crowne Plaza hotel in Noida, northern India. Partner Sikka will develop the 150 room Taj Expressway Noida hotel for opening in 2018. 

 

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