Weekly round-up of digital travel and tourism news for February 11-17, 2013
February 11, 2013
February 12, 2013
Travelers click special offer ads on the websites
Recently The Space Station surveyed readers of GoTravel24 and News24/Travel to understand online travel revolution. The key findings of the survey follow:
- More than 90% of the respondents used internet to gather travel information.
- The travelers prefer online booking to traditional travel booking methods.
- More than 50% respondents like to participate in online travel competitions.
- Over 95% readers of travel websites click the ads for special offers. For more information, read the full travel article.
Cleartrip launches Pricewatch
Cleartrip launched Pricewatch. The new online tool refunds the money when air fares fall. The tool currently works on international fares only. When you complete flight ticket booking process on Cleartrip, the tool comes into action and monitors the fare for the ticket booked. If the ticket price falls before the departure date, the tool would re-price the ticket subject to other conditions. Get more information about Pricewatch.
February 13, 2013
Gadling launches @GadlingTravel on Instagram
Gadling launched @GadlingTravel on Instagram for real-time travel experience. The company created a hastag #ontheroad for the Instagram feed which would be updated by a different member of the team every month. You can upload mobile photos via Instagram to participate in Photo of the Day. Use hastag #gadling and @GadlingTravel.
Asian market offers opportunities for online travel companies
Mitchell, Jake. February 2013. Online travel sites set to take off. Financial Review
The author states that brick-and-mortar retail business is going through a bad phase. However, travel sector still draws customers. Therefore, investments in online travel websites, especially which are focusing on the Asian market and hotels would be profitable. Read the complete article.
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February 15, 2013
Need to regulate Indonesian online tourism business
Atmodjo, Wasti. February 2013. Online travel business needs strict regulation. The Jakata Post, Bali Daily.
Indonesia realizes that unregulated growth of the online travel and tourism business requires a law. Otherwise, the country may not earn benefit from the technology-based business. The recent debate “Dot Come Versus Travel Agents” highlighted that the online businesses are mainly operated by foreigners who neither follow the existing laws nor pay any taxes. Read the complete story.
February 17, 2013
Internet Brand and Wikimedia to settle litigation over Wikivoyage
Internet Brand and The Wikimedia Foundation decided to settle litigation over Wikivoyage, a new free editable travel information website that offers user-generated content. Most of the content of the new website is sourced from Wikitravel as per the Creative Commons License.
In 2006, Internet Brand acquired non-profit website Wikitravel. The volunteers of Wikitravel left the website and took away the content. Internet Brand filed a lawsuit in August 2012 against two of the volunteers to encourage the other volunteers to use open-source code from the existing project to start a new independent project. The Foundation filed lawsuit to protect the volunteers in September 2012.