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Ebix to Acquire India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $338 Million

Ebix to Acquire India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $338 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Corporate travel and event planning seem to be the only profitable paths in India's online travel scene, at least for now.

19 hours ago

Go-Jek Gets Investment From Visa to Expand Digital Payments in Southeast Asia

Go-Jek Gets Investment From Visa to Expand Digital Payments in Southeast Asia

Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

It's no secret that Go-Jek is keen to be Southeast Asia's answer to China's WeChat. Its move to expand digital payments will be a key step to gain dominance in the region.

1 day ago

Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google's dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually with the search engine-turned-travel-product operator, is disingenuous.

2 days ago

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How Connected Employees Can Enhance Customer Experiences in Real Time

Microsoft + Skift

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1 week ago

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, be sure to check out our list of 2018's top-paid CEOs in online travel. We also look at how hospitality startup Sonder plans to use its new funds, and explore Sunweb's growth strategy as a tour package company in Europe.

4 days ago

Momondo’s Viral Video Is a Piece of Kayak’s Brand Marketing Strategy

Momondo’s Viral Video Is a Piece of Kayak’s Brand Marketing Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Booking Holdings acquired Momondo in 2017 to pair with fellow metasearch brand Kayak, officials said one of Momondo's core strengths was its brand marketing bonafides. The World Piece video works because it stirs emotions, and this type of dynamic can go a long way toward creating a relationship between consumers and brands.

6 days ago

StayPlease Raises Funds to Expand ‘Slack for Hotels’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

StayPlease Raises Funds to Expand ‘Slack for Hotels’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Rosie Spinks, Skift

This week’s travel startups, including Sonder, StayPlease, and Bolt, released a series of funding announcements, many of them for undisclosed amounts.

7 days ago

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sonder's hotel-style serviced apartments operate in that sweet spot between Airbnb homeshares and full-on hotels. There are, of course, plenty of rivals doing a similar thing, but this funding round will enable Sonder to expand its business and give it a competitive edge.

1 week ago

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson Will Exit Role

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson Will Exit Role

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Gordon Wilson will leave Travelport after taking the company private. The company has a travel technology veteran lined up to take the reins, and Travelport needs all the help it can get to compete against Sabre and Amadeus.

1 week ago

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The CEOs of Booking Holdings, Expedia Group, and TripAdvisor all saw their total compensation fall in 2018, but only because 2017 was an exceptional year for each. Glenn Fogel of Booking and Mark Okerstrom of Expedia were each appointed as CEO in 2017, and Steve Kaufer of TripAdvisor received a long-term incentive award that was undoubtedly the envy of his peers.

1 week ago

Booking Holdings Delays New Resort Fee Policy and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking Holdings Delays New Resort Fee Policy and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, Booking Holdings has trouble implementing its new commission charges, and two key travel platforms in Asia compete to serve the likely growing number of Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Plus we take a look at some of the privacy issues inherent in building a smart city.

2 weeks ago

Emerging Travel Group Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Emerging Travel Group Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Patrick Whyte and Rosie Spinks, Skift

From TripActions' quarter billion dollar investment round to Emerging Travel Group's solid $10 million round, there's lots going on in travel startup funding this week.

2 weeks ago