Wyndham Hotel Group Acquires Fën Hotels

Wyndham Hotel Group today announced its acquisition of Latin America’s leading Fën Hotels, adding 26 management contracts across Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia,  and the U.S. including two new Fën-built Wyndham Grand hotels opening in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Asunción, Paraguay. With the addition of Fën Hotels’ signature Esplendor Boutique Hotels and Dazzler Hotels, Wyndham Hotel Group’s portfolio of distinct brands grows to 18, all of which will be bookable through the company’s award-winning loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards, by the end of 2017.

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Hotels leverage tech to predict guest wants, needs

Want a feather pillow for your bed? Chances are, the hotel already knew that. Profiling technology has made it easier than ever to personalize guest stays.

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TripAdvisor product chief says transition to booking site isn’t easy.

Next year will be a make or break year for TripAdvisor Instant Booking. Either the economics work out and consumers start treating TripAdvisor as a booking site or the company will have to pivot.

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Hotel Formule1 opens in Nashik & Chennai

As per a release, Hotel Formule1, an AccorHotels brand, launched two hotels in Nashik & Chennai. Keeping up with its promise in offering travellers a rest assured experience for a comfortable stay at an affordable price, Hotel Formule1 expands its network across nine cities in India.

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MakeMyTrip to shed its image of being a pure discounts player

MakeMyTrip is moving beyond deals and discounts as it hopes to get more customers to book hotels online and subscribe to its value-added products. One of the oldest players in the category, it is putting its best pitch forward and promoting the brand as one-stop destination for all travel needs. MakeMyTrip, which has acquired rival firm Ibibo to become country’s largest online travel agency, wants to consolidate its position in a category that it helped create. At the same time, it wants to distinguish itself from the new players in the sector.

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More on Airbnb challenging tourism industry with new ‘experiences’ feature

Experts say the push to become a full-service vacation booking site is a natural one for Airbnb – it’s the same path Expedia and other competitors followed. But Airbnb’s expansion could mean trouble for the rest of the travel industry.

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MakeMyTrip sees Ibibo as key to capturing offline-to-online shift

MakeMyTrip co-founder and India CEO Rajesh Magow believes that its recent merger with Ibibo Group will create a business capable of dominating all aspects of the Indian online travel market.

The deal structure left many in the market confused – MakeMyTrip owns 60% of the combined business (which gives Ctrip a 10% in the business). Ibibo Group’s was 91% owned by South Africa’s Naspers and 9% by China’s Tencent and has 40% of the combined business.

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