Feature 1: Pegasus Solutions has launched MetaSearch Services, a solution that allows hotels to capture direct bookings from metasearch results. The product, launched at ITB Berlin, is now available to Pegasus’ 90,000 hotel customers worldwide.
Pegasus says several major hotel chains have been beta testing the product and achieved a return on investment of up to 5:1 for every U.S. dollar spent.
The product allows metasearch engines to shop hotels and travel suppliers through Pegasus, but sends the booking directly to the hotel chain or hotel website. It was revealed last week that Pegasus is working with Google as well.
Pegasus Solutions launches MetaSearch Services – Pegs.com
Reps on site to pitch Google to hoteliers - HNN
Feature 2: The Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) has published the results of a study that attempts to quantify airline fees, such as the $9.2 billion paid in 2010. On average, passengers paid a total of $36.80 in fees for every round-trip ticket, or nearly $150 for a family of four.
CTA also provides a state-by-state breakdown. California tops the list, with passengers paying $1.1 billion in airline fees, followed by Texas at $742.2 million.
Consumers paid $9.2 billion in fees on U.S. airlines in 2010 – ConsumerTravelAlliance.org
21 airlines fined for fixing fees - Chicago Sun-Times
Here’s the rest of the week’s interesting news:
ITB Berlin: World’s largest travel trade show showcases eco-mobility – ENS Newswire
ITB Berlin: Remarks by Mr. Taleb Rifai, secretary-general, World Tourism Organization – UNWTO
ITB Berlin: Iraq premiere at world’s biggest tourism fair - AFP
ITB Berlin: PhoCusWright Summit - The Future of the Internet – Carsolize
Photo – Pegasus Solutions
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