Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Two exciting deals in the Travel industry and 8 Industries available

We recently sent our monthly monitoring of listed companies to our subscribers, which now includes a few main news related to the industries. For Travel for instance:

Tours & Packages market is ready for growth
TripAdvisor acquired Viator for US$200m early July; that's 18 months after their partnerships for TripAdvisor to distribute Viator products. 
Viator is 20 years old (1995), based in SF, and raised around $11m incl from Carlyle. Focus was US, UK and Australia; with 20,000 activities in 1,000 destinations in 160 countries 8m MAU and more than 1m total downloads of mobile Apps; 3,000 affiliates incl 17 OTA, 18 Hotels brands, 33 airlines; 700,000 email addresses; 80% bookable with 24h, 90% within 48h; 250 employees Other actors in the tours/packages area are GetYourGuide which raised $20m, Peek which raised $7m, and Flocations (disclaimer: I'm a founder of this one ;)
more on http://www.tnooz.com/article/viator-gets-acquired/

China's travel market is still wide open
Global leader Priceline will invest $500m in cTrip and the companies will access each others inventories.
more on http://www.tnooz.com/article/Priceline-to-invest-usd-500-million-in-Ctrip/

We also added F&B (Food & Beverages) monitoring too, which brings us to 8 industries:
Social Media
Mobile Advertising
Global200bn (Companies with a valuation of more than $200bn)

If you're interested to receive any of these, email industry_intelligence@wearecxo.com

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Thanks MakeMyTrip for selling my email address

While going through my inbox, I notice a mailing list that I have no memory of subscribing too... For a good reason: I probably never subscribed to it.
How do I know? I use specific email addresses for commercial services, making the origin of an email easy to trace. Of course, I always opt-out of mailing lists while checking out / signing up for services.
Then, if I receive an email to this email address from a different sender, it's probably because the initial service provider sold the email address to the sender. In this case, my "makemytrip@_domainname_.com" went to Payback for some reasons. Maybe I forgot to un-check some (hidden) checkboxes. Maybe I choice was simply not respected. I now unsubscribed from this mailing list, and hope no other will follow.