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Priceline Travels Road Back to High Hit in Dotcom Era

It has taken more than 14 years, but Priceline.com is about to complete a round trip.

HotelTonight Makes an Acquisition as Others Launch Last-Minute Booking Apps

For its first acquisition, HotelTonight has purchased PrimaTable, a company that developed last-minute pricing tools for the restaurant industry.
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HotelTonight’s Mobile-Only Booking App Now Covering 50 Destinations

While online travel companies like Orbitz are claiming that 20 percent or more of their hotel bookings are coming from mobile, here’s one company that has all of its revenue coming from mobile: HotelTonight, which allows consumers to find last minute-deals through an app, says it has reached three million app downloads in slightly more than a year. It is now live in 50 destinations, with recently added locations including St. Louis, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Salt Lake City. No word on the company’s revenue.

Priceline, Orbitz Coming In for a Hard Landing

Both companies blame continued headwinds from Europe.
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Orbitz: Treat Different (Comic)

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site.
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels

Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.’s Mac computers spend as much as 30 percent more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

Hipmunk Plans to Take Off Internationally With $15 Million in New Capital

Hipmunk, the offbeat travel site that has made “taking the agony out of travel planning” its tagline, says it has raised $15 million in a second round of funding.
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Online Travel Agencies Pounce on Obama’s Plan to Encourage Tourism

President Obama outlined a plan today that would encourage more tourists to visit the U.S. — an announcement welcomed by online travel agencies. The plan includes deploying more consuls, reducing visa-processing times and revising the list of countries whose citizens don’t need visas.

TripAdvisor CEO Says Wall Street Underestimates Its Value Now That It’s Flying Solo

TripAdvisor’s co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer talks to AllThingsD about the media company’s prospects for growth now that it has broken off from Expedia and is an independently traded company.
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Expedia Takes Stock as TripAdvisor Gets Ready to Fly the Coop

Now that Expedia’s spinoff of TripAdvisor is imminent, the hard work begins to give investors a reason to stick with the online travel agency once its high-flying media business is gone.
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Exclusive: Kayak Puts IPO Plans on Hold

Google Flight Search Takes Off

Travel Search Gets Granular With Room 77

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