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Business travelers want mobile, Expedia picks up Mobiata
Beyond the fact that it gets more reach and better footing in the mobile space, Expedia's Mobiata acquisition is interesting in light of a recent Deloitte survey. Business travelers are increasingly turning to their smartphones to research and book travel. The global professional services firm reported that 63 percent of business travelers earning more than $150,000 a year have web-enabled smartphones. Twenty-six percent of survey respondents, Deloitte said, have even downloaded hotel apps to these devices.
Given this trend in business travel, an important market for the travel industry, Expedia's pickup makes good sense. The big question: who's next?
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