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Interview: Skyscanner’s CEO on the Ctrip Acquisition and the Future of Metasearch

Interview: Skyscanner’s CEO on the Ctrip Acquisition and the Future of Metasearch

Patrick Whyte, Skift

As CEO Gareth Williams says, the Ctrip deal means that nothing and everything changes for Skyscanner. The focus of the business and the growth plans will remain in place but getting a wealthy new owner from the world's fastest-growing travel market will bring a multitude of new opportunities.

4 days ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: SilverRail CEO on Tackling Trains in a Digital Age

Skift Backstage Podcast: SilverRail CEO on Tackling Trains in a Digital Age

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The "train guy" has a lot to say about why rail travel is still hard to book — and how that might start getting easier.

5 days ago

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In its short history, Skift has talked about the balance of power in travel heading East, whether it is the influence of Chinese travelers, the rise of Ctrip and Alibaba, or the emergence of the Gulf carriers with their luxury long-haul flights. Ctrip's acquisition of Skyscanner is one of those moments that mattered in 2016 and Ctrip's global ambitions are a manifestation of what we have been talking about.

1 week ago

How The Skyscanner Deal Will Affect Trivago’s Upcoming IPO

How The Skyscanner Deal Will Affect Trivago’s Upcoming IPO

Jared Wein, Skift

Ctrip’s acquisition of Skyscanner marks the next phase of consolidation in the metasearch industry. The premium valuation paid by Ctrip is well-timed for Expedia’s pending Trivago IPO.

2 weeks ago

Ryanair Ends Momondo Relationship Over Website Links

Ryanair Ends Momondo Relationship Over Website Links

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair‘s no-nonsense approach to screenscrapers has claimed another victim. Will Momondo bow to pressure and stop linking to Opodo and CheapOair or will it tolerate the loss of Europe’s largest airline?

2 weeks ago

Breaking: Ctrip to Acquire Skyscanner for $1.74 Billion

Breaking: Ctrip to Acquire Skyscanner for $1.74 Billion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip is anxious to expand globally and views the acquisition of Skyscanner as a means to expand Ctrip's international footprint in selling air tickets. Look for Skyscanner to increase its booking capabilities and to evolve beyond search under the Ctrip umbrella.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Product Chief Says Transition to Booking Site Isn’t Easy

TripAdvisor Product Chief Says Transition to Booking Site Isn’t Easy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Next year will be a make or break year for TripAdvisor Instant Booking. Either the economics work out and consumers start treating TripAdvisor as a booking site or the company will have to pivot. It's a tough slog with much potential. TripAdvisor is playing the long game on this; let's talk next year at this time to see how the game works out.

2 weeks ago

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

The biggest travel players are accustomed to Google's moves and trying their best to adjust and work around them. Missing from this story is the fact that Google's latest moves are making it nearly impossible for all but the smallest number of consumer travel startups to succeed.

2 weeks ago

New Skift Trends Research: 2017 Outlook on Metasearch in Travel

New Skift Trends Research: 2017 Outlook on Metasearch in Travel

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Slim margins and complex technology have turned travel metasearch into a contact sport. Identifying the winners and losers in this space takes a keen understanding of the economics and mechanics that power these businesses. Luckily, we've produced the definitive resource for understanding and forecasting the trend lines.

2 weeks ago

Video: Travel’s Next Big Challenge Is Connecting Our Global Megacities

Video: Travel’s Next Big Challenge Is Connecting Our Global Megacities

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Rail and local connections usually get the short shrift in discussions of travel. Unless you're talking to SilverRail's Gowell, that is.

2 weeks ago

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

3 weeks ago

China’s Ctrip Makes History With Appointment of CEO Jane Sun

China’s Ctrip Makes History With Appointment of CEO Jane Sun

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To her male peers at Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor -- watch out. Ctrip and Sun are trending and are looking to take generous helpings of your market share.

3 weeks ago