Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
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>>Egencia’s ambitious growth will likely pressure two of the remaining global travel management companies to merge as a defensive move: Egencia Is Growing Fast but Corporate Travel Rivals Still Dominate Large Accounts
>>Expedia poured money into Trivago marketing at a loss. Current Priceline Group CEO Glenn Fogel just spent $550 million on helping Kayak grow. Does this mean he’s going to open the bankroll even further to assist Kayak-Momondo in its expansion? Kayak-Momondo: What to Watch for as the Companies Combine
>>Instant booking has long been thought of as a natural progression for the metasearch sector, so it is interesting to note the cautious tone adopted by Momondo’s Chief Executive: Skift Forum Europe: Momondo Group’s CEO on Personalization in Metasearch
>>The bar for success is higher than usual for these companies because of their unlikeliness: an online seller of cruise trips, a traditional “high street” travel agency, a network of freelance photographers, and a maker of eyewear that records 360-degree-video: Dreamlines Raises $19 Million for Its Cruise Site: Travel Startup Funding This Week
>>TripAdvisor became the largest travel site in the world based on its high profile in free search results. But Google has become a hyper-monetized marketplace and TripAdvisor’s competitors have the resources to grossly outspend it in digital marketing: TripAdvisor Rethinks Marketing as It Tries to Solve Instant Booking Problems
>>Google’s paid-search and product practices enable the big — like Expedia — to get bigger. So what’s not to like? Although other businesses that aren’t as well-positioned as Expedia and the Priceline Group undoubtably take a more critical view: Expedia CFO on Google Relationship — The Positives and Negatives Balance Out