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HomeAway Whisper

HomeAway Whisper

Research Question: Will HomeAway’s new pay-per-booking program deliver increased revenue and rental listings or cannibalize its subscription-based business? Companies Covered: HomeAway (AWAY), TripAdvisor (TRIP), Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE) Report Available: January 29, 2014   Blueshift’s initial research shows HomeAway unveiling a new service to increase its revenue and the number of properties listed on its sites, though it faces […]

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Wave Season Whisper

Wave Season Whisper

Research Question: What is the outlook for 2014 wave season bookings? Companies Covered: Royal Caribbean (RCL); Carnival Corporation (CCL); The Walt Disney Company (DIS) Report Available: January 8, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research shows Carnival and Royal Caribbean trying to attract new customers and retain existing clients with innovative offerings and safety features, though negative publicity continues to emerge […]

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Nov 25 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

Booking.com Holds OTA Lead Among Europe’s Chain and Independent Hotels

Research Question: What are OTA booking trends at hotels in the United Kingdom, France and Germany? Companies: EXPE, GOOG, OWW, PCLN, TRIP, YHOO By: Reverdy Johnson & Chris Jenks Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Use of online travel agencies, or OTAs, continues to grow throughout Europe. 68% of our chain and independent […]

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Summer Rental Car Demand Leads to Higher Rates

Research Question: Did summer rental car bookings and demand support higher rental rates, or did competition keep prices in check? Companies: CAR, DTGF, ETR:SIX2, HTZ By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Summer rental car bookings increased year to year, allowing rental car companies to support firmer and upward-trending prices and […]

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Jul 31 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

Gaylord Properties Remain in Demand Despite Acquisition Hiccups

Research Question: How have customers’ relationships with Gaylord salespeople changed since Marriott took over Gaylord properties? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: MAR, RHP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Overall, sources have been satisfied with sales and service from Gaylord properties following Marriott International Inc.’s (MAR) management takeover, but eight voiced some concerns […]

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Rental Car Demand Up, Rates Remain Flat This Summer

Research Question: Are summer rental car bookings and demand supporting higher rental rates, or is competition keeping prices in check? Companies: CAR, HTZ   By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Rental car bookings in early summer were higher year to year for seven of our eight sources. The remaining source […]

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May 15 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

Cruise Industry Largely Immune to Carnival’s Mishaps, Steep Discounts

Research Question: Will recent negative publicity regarding the cruise industry cause a decline in cruise bookings and fares for the remainder of 2013? By: David Franklin Companies: CCL, DIS, HKG:0678, RCL Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Despite Carnival Corp.’s (CCL) recent mishaps, six of 10 travel agents and four industry specialists expect […]

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May 14 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

TripAdvisor’s Price Display Weakens OTAs’ Significance to Hotels

Research Question: How will TripAdvisor’s price display tool change the way OTAs and hotels interact with TripAdvisor? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: EXPE, GOOG, KYAK, OWW, PCLN, TRIP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings TripAdvisor Inc.’s (TRIP) price display tool has made traditional online travel agencies less crucial to hotels, which now can […]

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Cruise Line Whisper

Cruise Line Whisper

Research Question: Will recent negative cruise industry publicity cause a lowering of bookings and prices for the remainder of 2013? Companies Covered: Royal Caribbean (RCL) & Carnival Corporation (CCL) Report Available: May 15, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research reveals conflicting expectations about cruise bookings and pricing for the rest of 2013.   Observations After the February Carnival disaster […]

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Zillow Offers Agents Low ROI Outside of Premier Platinum Membership

Research Question: How indispensable is Zillow for real estate agents and brokers? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: MOVE, TRLA, Z Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings †Nine of 14 real estate sources find Zillow Inc. (Z) to be dispensable, with a low return on investment and failure to generate leads that result in […]

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