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Zeus Raises $55 Million for Extended-Stay Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Zeus Raises $55 Million for Extended-Stay Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $139 million in funding for concepts including extended-stay corporate housing, short-term rental-style pop-up hotels, co-living spaces, and landing ports for flying taxis.

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The Way Forward for Expedia May Include Selling Off Businesses

The Way Forward for Expedia May Include Selling Off Businesses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The strategy and vision for the next stage in Expedia Group's life should include sharp departures from the status quo, but rest assured that the company line for the time being will be stability to keep the peace.

24 hours ago

Asian Travelers to Go Slow and Solo in 2020, Online Searches Reveal

Asian Travelers to Go Slow and Solo in 2020, Online Searches Reveal

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Asian tourist behavior is changing, reflecting a more mindful — and responsible — traveler overall.

1 day 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.

1 week ago

Qantas, Expedia and Others Eye This Australian Luxury Online Travel Agency: Here’s Why

Qantas, Expedia and Others Eye This Australian Luxury Online Travel Agency: Here’s Why

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Luxury Escapes, which is expanding next into the U.S. and China, is drawing not just more affluent travelers but potential investors, with Qantas Airways being tipped to be making an offer

2 days ago

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Facing intense competition and a company in disarray, the Expedia Group board and senior executive Barry Diller have no time to dillydally. No one can forecast what the online travel market will look like in the next five years, but Diller et al need to find a couple of top executives who can quickly figure out Expedia's path forward.

2 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

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.

1 week 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?

1 week 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.

1 week ago