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Expedia CEO Says Company Overhaul Will Be Done in Time for Travel’s Recovery

Expedia CEO Says Company Overhaul Will Be Done in Time for Travel’s Recovery

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Talk about tough love. The CEO of Expedia Group, Peter Kern, is sticking with the tough line despite the pandemic by still demanding a significant reorganization and tech revamp for the online travel giant.

2 days ago

Alaska Airlines Aims for Smarter Pricing During the Crisis With the Help of New Tech

Alaska Airlines Aims for Smarter Pricing During the Crisis With the Help of New Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The pandemic has bewildered the airline software that pops out airfares based on historical data. But Alaska Airlines thinks new software will make it savvier.

2 days ago

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Traveler Awareness in Alternative Accommodations as a Long-Term Boon

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Traveler Awareness in Alternative Accommodations as a Long-Term Boon

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said the pandemic had no redeeming value. But his company will coincidentally be well-placed for the recovery thanks to the new consumer awareness of alternative lodging.

2 days ago

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Skift Global Forum Video: Leveraging Customer Data to Accelerate Covid-19 Recovery

Skift Global Forum Video: Leveraging Customer Data to Accelerate Covid-19 Recovery

Simon Data + Skift

In this video conversation from Skift Global Forum, we hear from Josh Neckes, Co-Founder and President of Simon Data about the ways in which the company is delivering exceptional experiences.

6 hours ago

Business Travel’s Fresh Start in the New World of Remote Working

Business Travel’s Fresh Start in the New World of Remote Working

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The pandemic has pushed many companies into new ways of working, but there’s a lot of work ahead to transition and realize all the benefits — traveling included.

3 days ago

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows, Snapping Up MGM Resorts Stake While Rescuing Expedia With Debt

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows, Snapping Up MGM Resorts Stake While Rescuing Expedia With Debt

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Both of Barry Diller's companies, IAC and Expedia, are now invested in a travel recovery, which he thinks will arrive in only a matter of time. Count Diller on the side of those who believe the new normal will resemble its former self more than many people imagine.

3 days ago

Venture Firm Howzat Is Raising $120 Million to Find the Next Trivago or Airbnb

Venture Firm Howzat Is Raising $120 Million to Find the Next Trivago or Airbnb

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Here's a bright ray of positivity in a gloomy time. Howzat is raising a big fund, and it plans to make roughly half of its investments in travel and transportation startups.

3 days ago

Vacation Rentals Lose Pandemic Edge and 15 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Vacation Rentals Lose Pandemic Edge and 15 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tom Lowry , Skift

This week in travel, Skift covered how the vacation rentals' advantage over hotels during the pandemic has all but disappeared, that climate change will be travel's challenge now and after the pandemic is history, and how Delta is leveraging its SkyMiles program.

5 days ago

Ubicquia Raises $30 Million for Smart Cities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ubicquia Raises $30 Million for Smart Cities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Innovations that cities are incubating today will serve the travel industry tomorrow, as Skift noted as a megatrend earlier this year. The story of Ubicquia, a smart city startup, makes the point. Potential applications of its tech include resort areas and theme parks.

7 days ago

Travelport Dodges Bankruptcy Thanks to $500 Million Pact With Lenders

Travelport Dodges Bankruptcy Thanks to $500 Million Pact With Lenders

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport's backers have won their feud with lenders. Now Siris Capital and Elliott Management's asset management arm need to defeat payment firm Wex in court over a disputed eNett sale.

1 week ago

Aegean Airlines Adds a Surcharge as Distribution Upheaval Continues

Aegean Airlines Adds a Surcharge as Distribution Upheaval Continues

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Wow. Yet another airline hurt by the pandemic is rethinking its distribution.

1 week ago

New Singapore Airlines Deal Signals a More Flexible Travelport on Distribution Tech

New Singapore Airlines Deal Signals a More Flexible Travelport on Distribution Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airlines are flying in different directions in the distribution debate. Travelport's deal with Singapore Airlines offers a middle ground between Lufthansa's hardline approach and Air France's cuddlier one.

1 week ago