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TripAdvisor Launches Redesign and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

TripAdvisor Launches Redesign and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor's redesign includes a new content and social feed that aims to convert browsers into buyers. We also have the latest on Almundo giving Despegar a run for its money in Latin America, and Sabre buying Farelogix for $360 million.

1 day ago

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Would Airbnb and Uber, for example, be truly better off as public companies? It's unclear because they both have access to tons of money already. But they would both certainly be better equipped to spin their own narratives.

3 days ago

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The conventional wisdom has been that the online travel market in Latin America will narrow down to a fight between Expedia-supported Despegar and global brands like Booking.com. But Almundo, thanks to backing from Iberostar, might put up a meaningful fight.

6 days ago

TripAdvisor Launches Redesign to Hook the Non-Bookers

TripAdvisor Launches Redesign to Hook the Non-Bookers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If travelers aren't ready to book, feed them some inspiration and hope they'll hang around until they are. That is essentially what TripAdvisor's new travel feed is all about. Will the grand experiment work? We'll have to wait and see how the feature evolves.

6 days ago

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The acquisition of Destinations of the World seals WebBeds as the second largest B2B bedbank player, but incumbent Hotelbeds need not worry – for a very long time.

7 days ago

Booking’s Prepaid Hotel Model and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking’s Prepaid Hotel Model and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we analyzed third quarter earnings from major players. Booking emphasizes the prepaid hotel model and TripAdvisor's experiences and restaurants businesses are looking up.

1 week ago

Ctrip Expects Rising Costs to Nibble at Its Margins

Ctrip Expects Rising Costs to Nibble at Its Margins

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip's revenue growth has remained in line with forecasts, but its costs are rising. More interestingly, the online travel giant has branched out into hotel management by providing data services and marketing support to franchisees for a new brand, Rezen.

1 week ago

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

No one saw that Argentina's economy would take such a bad turn this year. But Despegar, based in Buenos Aires, is making moves to weather the storm after its market valuation has been slashed in half.

1 week ago

TripAdvisor’s Experiences and Restaurants Businesses Outpace Vacation Rentals

TripAdvisor’s Experiences and Restaurants Businesses Outpace Vacation Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor faces a quandary: It needs to have an alternative accommodations business to round out its hotel offerings, but rentals revenue declined and slowed the otherwise-positive trajectory of its non-hotels segment. While TripAdvisor is a market leader in experiences and restaurants, its rentals business is muddying up the works.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings Makes Major Pivot Toward Prepaid Hotel Bookings

Booking Holdings Makes Major Pivot Toward Prepaid Hotel Bookings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's back to the future for Booking Holdings, which is pivoting to emphasize the prepaid hotel model that its Booking.com unit basically spurned for most of its history. This means better cash flow because consumers pay when they book, and higher commissions.

2 weeks ago

Booking Invests in Grab and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking Invests in Grab and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we analyzed the implications of Booking Holdings' $200 million investment in Grab, as well as Google's new hotel search. Google is making competitive strides, but there's still work to be done.

2 weeks ago

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to Google and its hotels redesign, few things are all or nothing. TripAdvisor can worry that Google now has more traveler photos and reviews, but some of them are from TripAdvisor. Hotel websites and phone numbers get featured, but clicking on a book button brings customers to an online travel agency site. In travel, it's never winner take all.

3 weeks ago