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Koolen invests in rental metasearch

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Travel technology company Holidu has raised €5m in its latest funding round, including €4m from former Booking.com CEO Kees Koolen.

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    OTAs

    Thomas Cook relaunches

    Thomas Cook has relaunched as an online travel agent, offering only destinations on the UK government’s safe travel corridor list.
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    OTAs

    Thomas Cook relaunch imminent

    Fosun is reported to be planning to launch the Thomas Cook brand as an OTA imminently, after applying for an ATOL licence earlier this year.
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    Inner Circle

    Not everything went ‘as a service’

    It was at the start of my journey along the IT road when I attended a seminar from Compaq (yes that old) where they unveiled their concept of utility computing. Essentially paying for what you used, just like gas and electricity consumption.
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    Distribution

    Operators deny leisure shift to OTAs

    The global operators used the recent results season to deny that the shift to leisure demand had made them more reliant on the online travel agents for business.
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    Inner Circle

    Open letter to OTA CEOs

    The following is a copy of an open letter from Sagar V. Shah and Rich Gandhi, co-founders of Reform Lodging, to Peter M. Kern, CEO, Expedia Group and Glenn D. Fogel, CEO, Booking Holdings
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    Results

    eDreams adds hotels

    eDreams Odigeo said that it had been able to “significantly grow” hotel inventory over the past year.
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    Results

    On the Beach looks to ‘capitalise’

    On the Beach said that it hoped to “capitalise on the inevitable structural changes in the market post Covid-19”, as it had done in the wake of the Thomas Cook collapse.
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    COVID-19

    Hostelworld raises £14m

    Hostelworld has raised around £13.8m through a share placing, which it said would “materially strengthen the group's position, in an uncertain environment”.
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    Hostels

    Safestay sees ‘opportunity’ in virus

    Safestay said that a large number of small hostel operators were under pressure as a result of the pandemic, which “may well create unique opportunities” for the group.
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    In Focus

    Costs linked to ‘occupancy, not property’

    Owners and asset managers should challenged brands to over the cost of IT, relating it to occupancy, not property Kevin Edwards, managing director, PnK People, told this week's In Focus.