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Where Did Expedia CEO Okerstrom Go Wrong and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Where Did Expedia CEO Okerstrom Go Wrong and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Expedia is searching for replacements as two of the online travel giant's top executives announced their resignation this week. Meanwhile, Kayak is joining the short-term rental game as it plans to add additional services for guests.

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Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kayak is making a landmark departure from its current strategy. It will add a tool to its mobile app to let users who book select short-term rentals and boutique hotels through it check in and check out via its app. That moves the travel metasearch player beyond merely listing accommodations to actually providing extra services for guests at partner properties.

4 days ago

Expedia’s 23-Year Evolution in Online Travel

Expedia’s 23-Year Evolution in Online Travel

Isaac Carey, Skift

Expedia has come a long way since its launch nearly a quarter century ago, making acquisitions a key part of its strategy. It will be interesting to see what's next for the company following its sudden leadership shake-up.

5 days ago

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Travel Leaders Recount Their Most Memorable Purchases Abroad In This New Skift Interview Series

Travel Leaders Recount Their Most Memorable Purchases Abroad In This New Skift Interview Series

Visa + Skift

We asked industry leaders to reflect on the positive impacts of spending locally through their most memorable purchases while traveling.

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The Rise and Fall of Mark Okerstrom as Expedia CEO

The Rise and Fall of Mark Okerstrom as Expedia CEO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mark Okerstrom’s time as CEO of Expedia Group ended abruptly Wednesday after merely two years. Here’s a recap of Okerstrom’s tenure and why controlling investor Barry Diller felt Okerstrom failed to keep an eye on the ball.

5 days ago

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Slowly but surely Amazon is building up a considerable travel presence in India via its app. How deep and far will it eventually decide to go?

5 days ago

Huge Reorg at Expedia, CEO Out, Diller Takes Over

Huge Reorg at Expedia, CEO Out, Diller Takes Over

Tom Lowry, Skift

Well, this is a surprise. Expedia's two top executives resign unexpectedly. And Barry Diller moves in.

5 days ago

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We head into 2020 with more question marks than any year of this cycle. Risks are rising and the global economy is slowing. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

6 days ago

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Creating the connected trip means online travel agencies will have to become high-powered, tech-first, traditional travel agencies. It sounds cool but probably isn't feasible without major upheaval across the global travel market.

6 days ago

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Travel Leaders Group has a goal to fill the void left behind following the demise of Thomas Cook. Meanwhile, hotel chain Selina is competing against WeWork in Latin America with networking.

1 week ago

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $101 million in funding for a range of concepts, including cross-border payments technology, short-term property management services, digital marketing help, and hotel tech.

2 weeks ago

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the Beach's purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the United Kingdom lost a holiday supplier, and the company has a ready-made alternative on offer.

2 weeks ago