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New Booking Data Shows Lopsided Global Recovery Frustrating Travel Outfits

New Booking Data Shows Lopsided Global Recovery Frustrating Travel Outfits

Sean O'Neill, Skift

You can't really talk about a global recovery for the travel sector overall. Regions are out of sync, reveals new data from Travelport. Companies are affected differently, depending on their market exposure.

6 hours ago

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's no accident that Expedia Group disclosed improved booking trends on Monday, and then announced a senior notes offering to refinance the company's private equity debt a day later. Hey, whether you are a homeowner or a giant online travel company, a good refinancing deal can be smart and hard to resist.

1 day ago

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

Matthew Parsons, Skift

It used to be just the European carriers that made bold statements like this against legacy distribution giants. Not anymore.

2 days ago

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Expedia Group’s Advertising Platform Welcomes Vrbo to Its Portfolio

Expedia Group’s Advertising Platform Welcomes Vrbo to Its Portfolio

Expedia Group Media Solutions + Skift

Vrbo is one of the only major short-term rental platforms with advertising opportunities. This, combined with its valuable, high-spending audience of family and group travelers, will likely make it an appealing offering to brands.

2 weeks ago

The Travel Sector Is Retooling Back-Office Payments in Response to the Crisis

The Travel Sector Is Retooling Back-Office Payments in Response to the Crisis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The travel sector's slo-mo refund process has infuriated everyone. So the crisis is upending the dull business of how money is sent among travel companies, resellers, tech vendors, and financial institutions.

3 days ago

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won't be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to explain higher airfares to their clients.

7 days ago

Behind the Lens: How Google’s Street View Traveler Is Capturing the World’s Most Iconic Places

Behind the Lens: How Google’s Street View Traveler Is Capturing the World’s Most Iconic Places

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Business travel is often dreaded by perpetual road warriors, but that’s not true for Valentina Frassi. Except when there's a pandemic, Frassi travels the world recording iconic scenes of major landmarks that most people can only dream of seeing.

7 days ago

What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A desperate urge to help get the travel sector back on its feet could give some companies a singular purpose, spurring innovation despite the pandemic's hit to revenues.

1 week ago

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

Jan Wolfe, Reuters

There's no need to tear down the signage. Booking.com can stick with the brand name that it's been using for about 14 years. The U.S. Supreme Court decision gives the company more protection against pesky startups that might try to tread on its brand.

1 week ago

Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com's Arjan Dijk gave a feisty interview at Skift Forum Europe, touching on his skepticism about Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's bold predictions about the future of travel, the marketing strategies of his competitors, and whether aid programs for the industry make sense.

1 week ago

Why European Travel Tech Startups Need to Keep On Building Through the Fallout

Why European Travel Tech Startups Need to Keep On Building Through the Fallout

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Startups should take note of venture capital firm Lakestar's vision of what makes a travel company successful if they want to emerge stronger in the post-Covid world.

1 week ago

Tripadvisor CEO to Trade Traffic Goals for More Repeat Usage

Tripadvisor CEO to Trade Traffic Goals for More Repeat Usage

Sean O'Neill, Skift

You've heard other online travel companies talk about the "connected trip." But Tripadvisor focuses instead on the "considered trip" as its north star. CEO Steve Kaufer said engaged travelers, who use his brand to plan all parts of a trip, are his top target.

1 week ago