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Online Travel Update: Trump Administration bans Alipay; JetBlue withholds flight information from Fareportal; outdoor booking startup Hipcamp connects landowners with campers

USA - January 15 2021 This week's Update features a variety of stories (all of which pale in comparison to the tumultuous events last week in Washington, D.C.)…

Online Travel Update: 2020 Year in Review

USA - January 8 2021 Happy New Year. Our inaugural 2021 Online Travel Update is below. In addition to sharing a new story about Expedia Group, we are once again…

Online Travel Update: Agoda adds installment payments, and Expedia scales back its non-core businesses while its competitors press forward

European Union - December 31 2020 We end 2020 with a heavy dose of antitrust/competition stories (which is a theme likely to continue into 2021), including updates from Russia…

Online Travel Update: VResorts launches first virtual reality booking platform; Lufthansa and Sabre settle differences; EU releases anticipated online regulations

European Union, USA - December 24 2020 This week's Update features a variety of stories - short-term rental, airlines, resort fees and antitrust developments in both the United States and…

Online Travel Update: Airbnb’s blockbuster IPO arrives with $100 billion valuation; Expedia dismisses launch of Google’s Travel Insights; RVs gain popularity as new mode of accommodation and travel

USA - December 18 2020 Last week's news headlines were dominated with a major milestone in the short-term rental industry as Airbnb's long-awaited IPO finally arrived…

Online Travel Update: Accor and Marriott’s interest in short-term rental interest grows; new tax claims filed against OTAs in Nevada, EU regulations postponed again

USA - December 11 2020 This week's Update features a heavy dose of short-term rentals as the long-awaited Airbnb IPO finally arrives and many hoteliers seek to capitalize…

Online Travel Update: Increased importance of contactless engagements may fuel growth of a startup, Volara, in 2021, and IATA announces COVID-19 Travel Pass

USA - December 3 2020 This week's Update features our next PhocusWire Hot 2021 Startup, Volara. For those of you who have implemented (or considered implementing)…

Online Travel Update: Kyte is featured in PhocusWire’s Hot Travel Startups for 2021; Booking Holdings discusses pressures predicament of the hotel industry; Airbnb’s IPO upholds its status as a global distribution powerhouse

USA - November 24 2020 Beginning with this edition, we've rebranded the name of our weekly Update from "OTA & Travel Distribution Update" to "Online Travel Update." Why…

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: JetBlue announces plans to distribute short-term rentals; Beachy, one of PhocusWire’s Hot Travel Startups for 2021; Fintech may be the key to online travel recovery

USA - November 20 2020 This week's Update features a variety of stories, including the first of many upcoming profiles of PhocusWire's 2021 Hot Travel Startups focused on…

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Tripadvisor explores consumer subscription program; Airbnb faces potential class action over refund and cancellation policies; leading OTAs issue third-quarter earnings releases

USA - November 13 2020 It's earning season, and this week's Update features a number of stories detailing the quarterly earnings releases from several of the largest…