Yipit.com: Groupon and Travel Sites Are Up, LivingSocial is Down

August 26, 2011 by  
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August 26, 2011
By the ZippyCart Content Team

Yipit.com recently compiled, analyzed and released sales and traffic data from the top Daily Deal sites for the month of July. Overall, July was not a memorable month for the daily deals industry, though there were a few clear winners. The results are not all that surprising: Groupon is on the upswing, joined by online travel sites. LivingSocial, Groupon’s nearest competitor, did not have the best July.

Based on data collected from over 650 daily deals services, Yipit found that the industry’s total revenue declined in July by 7 percent in North American cities. Despite the drop in revenue, the number of daily deals offered to consumers rose in July. The data also shows that the marketplace is becoming a bit cannibalized. In July, 38 daily deal ecommerce solutions shut down, compared to 36 new sites being launched.

In what may be the most significant news coming out of the report, travel deal sites continue to expand and chalk up great numbers month after month. New travel sites are cropping up all over, and even established booking sites are announcing new and exciting features. Travel ecommerce solutions account for six of the top 10 deals in July,  and have become the third-largest daily deal category. Travel deals now account for 60 percent of the top deals and nearly 15 percent of the industry’s revenue.

As for the heavyweights- Groupon’s revenue dropped 4 percent month-over-month. This number pales in comparison to LivingSocial’s decline- a considerable 18 percent. Groupon used the relative gains for the month of July to put some more space between it and LivingSocial. The revenue of both companies declined by over 20% when comparing numbers for the first half of July to the first half of June. Groupon’s revenue in the second half July actually increased over the second half of June, while LivingSocial’s declined. Groupon generated more than twice as much gross revenue than LivingSocial. So what does all this mean? Basically, not a good month for Groupon’s closest competitor. In a month where everyone lost, LivingSocial was the weakest contender.

As a result of the slow month for LivingSocial, Groupon was able to snag some of the market share away from their competitor. So now Groupon remains atop the Daily Deal throne, representing nearly 50 percent of the total daily deal market. This number weighs in at more than twice the size of LivingSocial (21 percent), and far more than the next contender on the list, Travelzoo, currently representing a feeble 5 percent of the market.

Groupon also claimed the highest grossing individual daily deal. The Photoboom America deal generated $575,505 worth of revenue for Groupon in the top 30 North American markets. Some other interesting points: Travelzoo continued to aggressively expand its “local deals” offering. The ecommerce solution increased the number of deals offered in the top 30 North American markets by 48 percent, with a 35 percent increase in revenue month-over-month.

So where’s Google involved in all of this? Google Offers “continue to have significantly lower prices and revenue per deal than Groupon or LivingSocial deals”, according to the report. The company continues to struggle with generating significant revenue per deal, as they are the late comers to this party. Google’s daily deal ecommerce solution is also only available in limited markets. Google Offers launched in Portland, but has expanded to New York and San Francisco. As Google Offers expands to more major markets, we may see a three-pronged Daily Deal battle between Groupon, LivingSocial and Google Offers.

Article source: http://www.zippycart.com/ecommerce-news/3016-yipit-com-groupon-and-travel-sites-are-up-livingsocial-is-down.html

Transit in NYC, NJ, Pa. to halt because of Irene (AP)

August 26, 2011 by  
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Commuter transit systems in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia will shut down services because of Hurricane Irene.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says public transportation in New York City will shut down at about noon on Saturday. According to the governor’s office, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will institute a system-wide shutdown when subways and buses begin their final runs starting at approximately noon.

The shutdown will include the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Access-A-Ride. The last complete shutdown of the system was for a 2005 strike.

New Jersey Transit trains also will stop running at noon Saturday. Gov. Chris Christie made the announcement during a briefing on the storm Friday.

In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter says mass transit in Philadelphia and its suburbs will halt at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Article source: http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/aptrne/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20110826/ap_tr_ge/us_travel_brief_irene_northeast_transit

Dedication of MLK Memorial postponed by hurricane (AP)

August 26, 2011 by  
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WASHINGTON – If you want to attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall, check back a little later this fall.

The dedication has been postponed from Sunday to September or October because of Hurricane Irene.

The original date was chosen as a way of paying tribute to the civil rights leader on the 48th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

President Barack Obama was one of the scheduled speakers.

Heavy winds and rain were forecast in Washington for Sunday morning, with Irene expected to take an unpredictable path up the East Coast, the National Weather Service said.

The sculpture depicts King with a stern, enigmatic gaze, wearing a jacket and tie, his arms folded and clutching papers in his left hand.

King, who was slain in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968, is the first person of color to be honored with a memorial on the Mall. It is surrounded by memorials to presidents — Thomas Jefferson to the southeast, Abraham Lincoln to the northwest, Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the south.

Article source: http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/aptrne/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20110826/ap_tr_ge/us_travel_brief_king_memorial_dedication

Broadway shows keep doors open, despite Irene (AP)

August 26, 2011 by  
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NEW YORK – The threat of Hurricane Irene hasn’t halted any Broadway shows — so far.

The Broadway League, the national trade association, said early Friday that all Broadway shows this coming weekend are playing as scheduled. The Off-Broadway League also said it was unaware of any show cancellations.

But organizers of The New York International Fringe Festival, which has been offering almost 200 small shows over the past few weeks across the city, canceled all events on Sunday, including its closing night party.

Irene is expected to hit North Carolina’s coast sometime Saturday and track up the East Coast. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for New York City, and the storm is expected to come closest to the city sometime Sunday.

Article source: http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/aptrne/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20110826/ap_tr_ge/us_travel_brief_irene_broadway

Paris: Thanksgiving in the City of Light with airfare and hotel for $1150

August 26, 2011 by  
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Airfares to Europe remained high most of this summer, which is why I love the price of this Thanksgiving trip to Paris, but you must hurry. Go-Today.com offers round-trip airfare plus six nights at a hotel for $1,150 per person until Monday. One catch: No turkey comes with this deal.

The deal: SmarterTravel.com tipped me to this Thanksgiving in Paris trip that’s on sale for a limited time. The cheapest rate includes L.A.-Paris round-trip airfare and six nights at the budget Comfort Hotel Davout Nation (in the Comfort Inn chain at 110 Rue des Orteaux); upgrades to other hotels are available.

When making a reservation, make sure to use the promo code “GT11SS13″ to get the $100 discount per person. Also, this deal is based on double occupancy.

When: The discount offer is good until Monday for departures Nov. 21 to 23.

Tested: I checked availability online and found flights leaving  Nov. 21 from Los Angeles and returning  Nov. 28 from Paris for $1,150 per person. Total for two with tax and fees: $2,378. Two things to note: Airfares vary according to when you reserve and what dates you select, and I declined travel insurance in my test. I recommend adding travel insurance for $75 per person.

Info: Go-today.com, (800) 227-3235

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-paris-thanksgiving-20110823,1,5508583.story

Deal Zippy Announce their most Popular Travel Deals in June & July 2011

August 26, 2011 by  
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Group buying search engine and daily deals site Deal Zippy reveal their most popular travel offers in June and July 2011, which are all available via www.dealzippy.co.uk

Most popular travel deals on Deal Zippy in June

There were over 100 travel deals included on Deal Zippy during the month of June, which resulted in 8, 142 purchases. On average, users made a 60% saving on their travel costs, and spent on average £152. Popular destinations included UK, Cyprus, Thailand, Marrakech, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy and Berlin.

Deal Zippy’s best seller was KGB’s boutique break for two to Brighton’s Royal York Hotel, where buyers could enjoy a two night stay, including breakfast and a bottle of wine, worth £415.80, for only £99, which is a huge saving of 76%.

Another popular holiday deal during June included the easyJet Holidays offer to Marrakech for two, with return flights and five-star accommodation for three nights, all for £396 instead of £738. This was a significant saving of 50% provided by Groupon travel deals.

Most popular travel deals on Deal Zippy in July

There were 129 travel deals included on Deal Zippy throughout the month of July, which resulted in 12, 733 purchases. On average, users made a 61% saving on their holiday, and spent on average £179. Popular destinations included England, India, Marrakech, Egypt, Tenerife, Germany and California.

Deal Zippy’s best seller in July was KGB’s two night stay for two at The Royal Ship Hotel in Snowdonia, including a full English breakfast for £64 instead of £170. Deal Zippy sold 1,100 Snowdonia deals, with each buyer saving 62%.

Fleetway Travel in June July

Deal Zippy provided the best Fleetway Travel deals in June and July, with the most popular being a seven night stay at a 4-star, half-board holiday to Crete, including flights for £299 instead of £599, by KGB Deals. This offer gave customers a saving of 50% on their holiday.

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Article source: http://www.prurgent.com/2011-08-26/pressrelease191894.htm

Travel Deals: Last-Minute Labor Day and New Fall Adventures

August 26, 2011 by  
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As summer draws to a close, we have two last-minute deals for those who have been holding out on booking a Labor Day vacation.

Don’t think it pays to procrastinate. We also have three exclusive early bird travel deals for those ready to book their fall travel now.

If you’re still searching for the perfect vacation this Labor Day, don’t miss out on these offers…

1) Experience Florida’s Emerald Coast at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Sandestin is offering a free night with the purchase of two nights. From September 2nd through the 5th, active or retired members of the U.S. military are invited to play on any of Sandestin’s three championship golf courses for free with the purchase of just a golf cart fee ($20). Visit their website or call (800) 622-1038 for details. Use code FREE3.

2) Expedia’s Labor Day deals offer savings of up to 20 percent throughout the country. On the East Coast? Check into the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel for just $76 a night or The Westin Waltham in Boston for $112 a night. On the West Coast? The Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles is offering $119 per night and the Sofitel San Francisco Bay is offering $154 per night. Other deals include, The Omni Hotel in San Antonio for $90 a night and the DoubleTree by Hilton in Chicago for $101 a night.

Don’t let the end of summer put an end to your travel plans. Jump-start your autumn with these fall vacation offers…

Bermuda, Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool. Credit: Cambridge Beaches

1) The Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa in Sandys Parish, Bermuda is offering a rate of $595 per night, for a minimum three-night stay. Receive a $100 discount off room rates, per night, for travel between August 23 and October 31 if you book by October 28. (This rate is not available September 2nd). Call (441) 234-0331 or click here for more information.

2) Indulge in a 1920’s style luxurious weekend from August 24 through December 22 at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, starting at just $199 a night, based on double occupancy. This package includes a welcome cocktail at the 25 Hour Lounge, breakfast for two daily at Breadsticks, a $20 food credit for use in any Resort restaurant, and a 50-minute Swedish massage for two. Call (800) 336-6378 or visit www.resortsac.com more details.

3) Stay in the sunshine at the Naples Beach Hotel Golf Club in Southwest Florida. The resort is offering a free 4th night to guests traveling from October 1 to December 20. For more information or for reservations, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222 and ask for the “4th Night Free Promotion.”

By Meghan O’Connor for PeterGreenberg.com.

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Article source: http://www.petergreenberg.com/2011/08/25/travel-deals-last-minute-labor-day-and-new-fall-adventures/

New Group Buying Site – Biggest Travel Deals

August 26, 2011 by  
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Sydney, August 29, 2011

BOOK NOW – DAYS TO GO

TRAVELtech is imminent. 

Australia’s original web travel, marketing and distribution event, returns to Sydney on August 29 with a compelling program, great speakers and fantastic networking.

Best of Enemies is the tongue in cheek theme, exploring the fabulous friction that has always propelled our gloriously complex industry.

Highlights are numerous including sessions on daily deal sites, airlines, mobile, Facebook, GDS, Online Travel Agencies, destination marketing and so much more.

The day will culminate with the TRAVELtech Amadeus Web Awards, which recognises Australia’s top travel websites, including Website of the Year.

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out the speakers below and book soon. More than 160 already registered.

The program is strong and speakers include:

There’s still a few high-profile speakers to be confimed so come back for updates.

TRAVELtech, founded in 1999, is Australia’s leading online travel marketing, distribution and technology event.

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Program and Event Info

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Article source: http://www.traveltrends.biz/ttn555-new-group-buying-site-biggest-travel-deals/

Have Apps, Will Travel – Part 1

August 26, 2011 by  
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Travel apps open a whole new world for vacationers and business travelers alike. However, there are now so many travel apps that it’s hard to determine which will render the best and most frequently updated information.

Muddying the issue further, app stores tend to list flight and hotel apps first and leave the fun and wonky and offbeat apps buried somewhere underneath. To liberate you from that app rut, here are some suggestions and “did ya knows” to make your next trip truly memorable.


Best Apps for Traveling Abroad

Momondos is a free iPhone app that sorts through more than 1,000 websites to find the best travel deals on everything from flights to high-speed rail.

Results for U.S. domestic flights are a bit sketchy, but it’s great for making travel arrangements elsewhere in the world. This is a very lean, deep-search app with no trip itinerary functionality. It has a very handy filter that allows you to easily compare flights by price, departure times and other criteria, and thus easily figure out which you actually want to take (a huge plus for anyone who has ever had to toggle between multiple windows to compare flights on numerous airlines). Weirdly, you have to go to the actual website to make hotel reservations.

The
Lonely Planet mobile app offers city and country guides with a lot of truly helpful detail. Here you find more than tourist traps — little known area secrets, local favorite sites, and travel tips are featured. Download the city or country guide you want, and then use it online or off. Did you know that this app will guide you back to your hotel, group or to a new destination? No worries then, if you can’t read the street signs or speak the local language.

The
Rail Europe app is a digital itinerary, rail guide and alert system rolled into one. The free app allows travelers to choose the route, select a seat, and book tickets directly from their iPhone or iPod touch. The app uses geo-location technology to provide side-trip suggestions available by rail, calculating the time and distance to identify realistic rail journeys that will add to the overall vacation experience.

Rail Europe represents more than 35 railroads that travel in most European countries, thus offering a wide range of passes and point-to-point rail tickets. It’s a cheap and easy way to see Europe and to make spontaneous additions to your vacation plans. Did you know that most Europeans travel by high-speed rail? It’s a fast and pleasurable way to travel in and between countries.



Best Apps for Location Tracking and Mapping

Find-ER by Air Ambulance Card, a free iPhone app for travelers, allows you to map the closest hospitals with the touch of a button. The app also allows you to enter emergency contact information, physician and insurance details, and allergy and medication information so that doctors and nurses in the emergency room can quickly get that information. Did you know this app was originally developed for Air Ambulance Card members but is now open to the public?

Glympse is a great app for sharing your location with a private group or individuals. It can be used to follow someone traveling alone on a road trip to ensure their safety. Trip progress is shown in near-real time on a map that someone else can see for a limited time.

A parent, for example, can watch a teen driver on a long trip to a concert or a college dorm. Family members can see how close dad is to arriving and joining the rest of the family on vacation. Colleagues can find each other on the show floor at a huge convention. A vacationing group that has divided up in order to sightsee in different places can keep track of where the rest of the party is.

Practical applications for this app are nearly endless. The timer can be set so that a user’s location can only be viewed for a set amount of time, thus ensuring privacy — but also protecting phone battery life. Did you know that this app is a bit of a battery hog?

Best Apps for Sightseeing

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) World Complete Travel Guide is an iPhone app developed by Doug Ingersoll, a Disney travel guide and member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. The app has age rankings for rides, show times, and dining guides complete with sample menus and prices. It’s perfect for planning a trip, with or without kids, that uniquely suits your interests.

This app covers all four of the Walt Disney Resort theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — and other features on Walt Disney property, such as water parks and shopping. Did you know that this app also discloses insider secrets such as FASTPASS, Extra Magic Hours and Magical Express? It also includes fishing, golf, major annual events, annual crowd and weather trends, and other helpful information.

TravelTrot produces two museum finder apps for the iPhone,
New York Museum Finder and
London Museum Finder. Both reveal little known cultural gems, specialty and mainstream museums that can be sorted by user rating, name, location or type filters. Did you know that most museums are free attractions and therefore can stretch your travel budget?

ShipMate is the iPhone and Android app for all major cruise lines. The majority of its features can be used offline, which is great considering most cruise ships charge US$35/hour or more for an Internet connection.

You can plan land excursions on the app and use a budget tool to keep up with what you are spending while at sea, so you don’t get a shock when the bill is settled at deboarding. You can chat with fellow cruisers and exchange contact information with those you want to continue to hang out with after the cruise is over.

There are ship maps and ship tracking to show you where you are and how to get to where you want to be. Packing checklists and other features are very helpful too. Did you know that it is always windy onboard a ship? Better pack a light jacket and long pants if you plan to sit on deck.

It Happened Here is an app for iPhone and Android that reveals historical events, movie scenes, famous crimes, political scandals and other interesting events that have happened in or around your location — or any location you enter in the phone. Very cool and interesting location-based trivia that can be filtered any way you want. This app is big on “Did you Know” entertainment.

AANRmobile, the official app of the
American Association for Nude Recreation, keeps nudists connected and aids their travels to numerous nudist camps and venues across the U.S. The app is helpful to both the AANR members and to people interested in looking into social nude recreation. Did you know that nude and clothes-optional vacations are referred to as “Nakations” by nudists groups?

Best Apps for Luxury Travel

The new iPad app recently launched by luxury travel giant Abercrombie Kent is an immersive experience tailored to the luxury traveler.
The World of AK is a free app filled with breathtaking photography and video of exotic destinations. This app is not the usual fare of planes and chain hotels, it’s about hot air balloon trips in Cappadocia, safaris on the Serengeti plain, shopping at the Pushkar Fair, and ice treks in Antarctica.

The app is a very snazzy setup with expandable pages, design cues and unobtrusive dropdown menus, and it’s every bit as rich as the customers it serves. There are only about 26 destinations featured on the app at the moment, but that will change over time — and you can always jump over to the website if you want more. Did you know that special deals on exotic locations can be less expensive than many domestic destinations? They can! And you just might find them with this app!

Recently launched
Hg2 A Hedonist’s Guide covers cities across the globe — from the main stomping grounds of London and New York to off-the-wall and up-and-coming destinations like Baku and Almaty.

The app features augmented reality and traveler reviews of restaurants, bars, attractions, spas, shopping and other interesting “to-do” stuff. Did you know that this app’s content is written by local experts, and the app accepts no advertising? That means recommendations are editor choices rather than ad-pushed selections.

Jetsetter.com, the leading members-only travel site, recently launched its
Jetsetter App for iPad featuring 360-degree immersive, high-definition images that provide a virtual window into Jetsetter’s hand-selected, verified hotels and resorts around the world.

Collections cover a variety of vacation themes, such as Vacation Like Royalty. Did you know that the app’s homepage prominently features a rotating slide show of hotels on sale at prices up to 50 percent off? Yeah, even part-time or wannabe jetsetters can take some of these trips too!

Stay tuned for “Have Apps, Will Travel – Part 2.”


Article source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Have-Apps-Will-Travel---Part-1-73142.html

Daily Deal Market Declines in July

August 26, 2011 by  
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Jim Moran


Today’s Yipit Data Report revealed substantial shifts in the Daily Deal space occurring over the past month:

Daily Deal industry revenue declined 7% in July in North America’s largest markets. Groupon’s revenue declined 4% while LivingSocial’s revenue declined 18%.

Groupon’s market share increased from 47% to 49% while LivingSocial’s market share declined from 23% to 21%. This reversed a trend of LivingSocial gaining market share on Groupon over the past several months.

Groupon Getaways is already almost twice as big as LivingSocial Escapes. Groupon Getaways generated $5.7 million of revenue in July. The few months old LivingSocial Escapes generated $6.9 milion of revenue, however Groupon’s travel product only launched in mid-July.

Travel daily deals now account for nearly 15% of the Daily Deal’s industry revenue.

TechCrunch just covered today’s launch of the July Report.

For the full analysis, check out Yipit’s Daily Deal Industry Data.

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Article source: http://www.businessinsider.com/daily-deal-market-declines-in-july-2011-8

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