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Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.

2 days ago

Priceline Group Changes Name to Reflect Booking.com’s Power

Priceline Group Changes Name to Reflect Booking.com’s Power

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The name change to Booking Holdings reflects the reality that Booking.com dominates the parent company's business. Although the parent company still calls Connecticut home, the balance of power shifted long ago to Amsterdam.

4 days ago

TripAdvisor’s TV-Heavy Marketing and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

TripAdvisor’s TV-Heavy Marketing and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor reported fourth-quarter earnings and we dug into their TV advertising strategy, which involves leaning away from online marketing — bad news for Google.

7 days ago

HotelTonight CEO Chides Big Competitors for Misguided Priorities

HotelTonight CEO Chides Big Competitors for Misguided Priorities

Sarah Enelow, Skift

HotelTonight made a smart move by expanding beyond last-minute bookings. So far, the company's willingness to tweak its product and roll with the punches is paying off with profitability.

1 week ago

TripAdvisor Has a TV-Heavy Marketing Strategy That Competitors Are Trying Too

TripAdvisor Has a TV-Heavy Marketing Strategy That Competitors Are Trying Too

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google execs are not losing any sleep yet, but they are likely aware that some of their largest travel advertisers are starting to favor commercials on TV instead of sponsored search engine links. The big spenders' new strategies will have a rippling impact across other metasearch companies, as well.

1 week ago

Expedia’s Relationship With Hotels and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia’s Relationship With Hotels and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we analyzed online travel agency earnings. Trivago braces for slow 2018 growth and Expedia grapples with hotels' direct booking success.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Stock Price Tumbles on Worries Over Increased Spending

Expedia Stock Price Tumbles on Worries Over Increased Spending

Gerrit De Vynck and Jing Cao, Bloomberg

If anyone thought that the difficulties online travel agencies faced in the third quarter were an anomaly, then guess again. It might be wrong to generalize that Expedia's issues will be Priceline's issues, but we wouldn't be shocked to see increased marketing costs and technology spend hanging over Priceline, too.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Acknowledges a New Balance of Power With Hotels in Direct Booking Challenge

Expedia Acknowledges a New Balance of Power With Hotels in Direct Booking Challenge

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A year from now — or perhaps sooner — we wouldn't be at all surprised to hear Expedia executives admit that hotels' direct-booking campaigns were having more of an adverse impact than the company initially articulated. Hotels have taken back some control from Expedia, and its shift toward independent hotels has far-reaching implications.

2 weeks ago

Profitability Is Not On the Horizon for India’s MakeMyTrip as Price Wars Take Hold

Profitability Is Not On the Horizon for India’s MakeMyTrip as Price Wars Take Hold

Sean O'Neill, Skift

India has many homegrown online travel players, but only a couple will thrive. MakeMyTrip will be one of the survivors, but it may take until 2022 for it to achieve profitability. Expect it to make more acquisitions and investments to consolidate market share.

2 weeks ago

Trivago Forecasts Slower Growth and ‘Difficult’ Quarters in 2018

Trivago Forecasts Slower Growth and ‘Difficult’ Quarters in 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It seems that Priceline Group's recent pullback from advertising on Expedia-backed Trivago may be a new normal. In a brutal move, Booking.com pulled almost entirely out of Trivago's search listings in Germany and Italy in December.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Sees Stock Gains After Adding a Venture Capital Exec to Its Board

TripAdvisor Sees Stock Gains After Adding a Venture Capital Exec to Its Board

Joshua Fineman and Brad Olesen, Bloomberg

TripAdvisor will report earnings on February 14. Will its numbers be a valentine to investors? If not, perhaps the company should break up its relationship with the public markets. A move to private ownership could let it retool without fretting about quarterly targets.

3 weeks ago

Google Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking

Google Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google is making it easier for travel shoppers to find and use its flight or hotel search through some design changes rolling out in the coming weeks. Watch out, Kayak and Skyscanner. Airlines and hotels will have to pay attention, too.

3 weeks ago