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Paving the Way to the Future: Round up of the Award-Winning Hotel & Travel Tech Startups to Watch

Alan E. Young | March 21, 2018

By Alan E. Young Today's world is constantly changing, and the travel and hotel industry is facing many technological challenges and intense competition. When competition is at such a fever pace, innovation is everything. Across various platforms and specialties, we are seeing the enthusiastic embrace of ambitious thought leaders, entrepreneurs and start-ups who are fearlessly carving out their vision of the future. In the past, there were yearly events that enabled travel and hotel technology providers to showcase their current solutions to prospective buyers. Now, due to the rapid change of technology and its impact on the industry, a...

Mandatory Resort Fees – An Opinion by Steve Shur

Steve Shur | May 2, 2016

By Steve Shur What if you went to a retailer and purchased a TV, were told how much the extended warranty costs and then were informed that you MUST purchase the extended warranty, whether you wanted it or not? Requiring consumers to pay for services that they may not want or won't consume is patently unfair. This scenario is playing out in many hotels across America. Mandatory Resort Fees, disclosed to the consumer at the time of booking but not included in the room rate, are a recipe for consumer deception. The trend of hotels reducing the advertised room rates and tacking on a mandatory resort fee at checkout is often problematic for...

New Study Illustrates the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Short-term Rental Regulation

Travel Tech | March 17, 2016

For those who offer their homes as short-term rentals and travelers looking to utilize them, navigating the patchwork of local regulations continues to get more challenging Washington, D.C., March 16, 2016 – Short-term rental technology companies have created a vibrant marketplace for peer-to-peer accommodations so it comes as no surprise that the popularity of short-term rentals has exploded in recent years. Now a new R Street Institute policy study and corresponding website:, seek to quantify the friendliness of the regulations in a broad cross-section of municipalities. Collectively, the study paints a picture of ...

Point – Counterpoint: Travel Tech and AH&LA Have Polar Opposite Views on How Best to Protect Consumers from Online Booking Scams

AH&LA | February 11, 2016

Travel Tech claims the act is a solution in search of a problem while AH&LA states that consumers are worried about scams when booking online. Hoteliers should educate themselves on both points of view. The impact on your online booking process is at stake. Here is what each has to say: Travel Tech Viewpoint The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the premier trade association for leaders in online travel innovation released the following statement regarding the introduction of the Stop Online Booking Scams Act. "This legislation is a solution in search of a problem," said Philip Minardi, spokesman for the Travel Technolo...

Travel Tech’s National Survey Shines Light on America’s Emerging Sharing Economy

Travel Tech | December 3, 2015

Americans utilizing peer-to-peer platforms do not do so as users of separate tools but as members of a larger culture that crosses platforms and demographics Washington, D.C., December 3, 2015 – Peer-to-peer, or sharing economy, platforms are vital to American travelers and consumers. These findings are highlighted in a nationwide consumer survey commissioned jointly by the Travel Technology Association and the Internet Association. The continuous growth and widespread popularity of these platforms is undeniable: Approximately 1 in 2 Americans report engaging in the peer-to-peer economy in 2015 (46%), up 144% from 19% as reporte...

New Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers’ Growing Reliance and Trust in Online Travel Agencies

Travel Tech | September 28, 2015

A majority of Americans rely on OTAs when searching for hotel accommodations; Nearly 70 percent see booking on an online travel platform as convenient and safe Washington, D.C., September 28, 2015 – Today more than ever American travelers are relying on the innovative web and app-based platforms developed by online travel agencies (OTAs) to effectively search, compare and book travel options across hotel brands, according to a new opinion research survey out today from The Travel Technology Association. Without online travel companies, consumers would have to visit dozens or even hundreds of websites and waste valuable time and ef...

Travel Tech: Interests of Air Travel Consumers Continue to be Jeopardized

Travel Tech | July 13, 2015

Recent Carrier Actions Threaten Independent Distribution of Travel for Millions of Consumers; DOJ Opens Investigation into Airline Practices Washington, D.C. - The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed it has opened an investigation into alleged anti-competitive actions by airlines and following comments at a recent meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlining a potential industry trend toward anti-consumer behaviors: Consumers – whether they are leisure or business travelers – benefit greatly from the ability to search, c...

Florida Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Online Travel Agents

Travel Tech | June 11, 2015

Online travel innovators help support Florida's $76 billion tourism economy; 1.1 million jobs Tallahassee, FL – June 11, 2015 – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the national trade association for leaders in the online travel industry, including online travel agents (OTAs) Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and others, released the following statement after Florida's Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of OTAs today. The court affirmed earlier decisions by the Florida District Courts of Appeal and the Circuit Court that Travel Tech members are not hotels and thus the compensation they retain for their service...

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