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Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week's digital news revolved around funding. Priceline invested $450 million in Chinese e-commerce, vacation rental property management company Vacasa raised $103 million, and travel startup incubators are booming.

1 day ago

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How Hotels Can Help Drive Direct Bookings in 2018

How Hotels Can Help Drive Direct Bookings in 2018

Criteo + Skift

For hotels looking to drive direct bookings, simply offering more competitive pricing or better loyalty programs is no longer enough to compete with online travel agencies.

3 days ago

Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce Giant Meituan-Dianping

Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce Giant Meituan-Dianping

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The deal shows the pragmatism of Priceline Group's new CEO toward China. Glenn Fogel chose to sync up with an additional local player rather than rely just on its existing partnership with Ctrip.

3 days ago

Video: Priceline CEO Glenn Fogel on How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Travel Seamless

Video: Priceline CEO Glenn Fogel on How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Travel Seamless

Brian Sumers, Skift

We've heard for several years how travel brands will use new technology to make travel seamless. We wish it would happen next year. But it sounds like we'll have to wait awhile. Perhaps someday we'll get there.

4 days ago

Trivago Launches a Subsidiary to Sell Hoteliers on Its Business Tools

Trivago Launches a Subsidiary to Sell Hoteliers on Its Business Tools

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Trivago, its parent Expedia, and Booking.com all want to provide business services to hotels. It's easy to see the potential value to resource-strapped hotel managers. Still, many hoteliers remain suspicious of these giants.

5 days ago

Snap Shows the Promise of Visual Search and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Snap Shows the Promise of Visual Search and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week's digital news was all about new frontiers. Snap bets on visual-first searching; augmented reality gains traction at events, and there's a whole crop of apps devoted to easing travel anxiety.

1 week ago

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Five Ways Companies Can Motivate Travelers to Stay In-Policy

Five Ways Companies Can Motivate Travelers to Stay In-Policy

Booking.com for Business + Skift

After all of the time and effort it takes to create an engaging travel policy, having it be ignored by travelers can be frustrating. These five steps can help make your policy the best it can be and encourage travelers to engage with it.

2 weeks ago

Google’s New Earbuds With Real-Time Translation and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google’s New Earbuds With Real-Time Translation and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we reported that disruptor Airbnb was the most-installed travel app in September, but the real-time translation of Google Pixel Buds could transform travel just as fundamentally.

2 weeks ago

Facebook Has Quietly Named a New Head of Global Travel Strategy

Facebook Has Quietly Named a New Head of Global Travel Strategy

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

With Google rumored to be ramping up its online travel efforts, it makes sense that Facebook is looking to develop more robust tools for travel companies to sell on its platform. The battle for mobile bookings is heating up.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Product Guru Adam Medros Is Leaving the Company

TripAdvisor Product Guru Adam Medros Is Leaving the Company

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor's struggles clearly have to do with strategy, execution and competitive pressures, and can't be neatly laid solely at Medros' doorstep. That would be very unfair.

2 weeks ago

Hotelbeds Eyes a Viable Wholesaler Path in the Shadows of Priceline and Expedia

Hotelbeds Eyes a Viable Wholesaler Path in the Shadows of Priceline and Expedia

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Since 2016, the quiet wholesaler marketplaces for hotel supply have become noisy as private equity firms invested $2.9 billion to make Hotelbeds Group a market leader. Expect more consolidation.

3 weeks ago

Trivago Makes a Tech Acquisition That Bolsters an Industry Trend

Trivago Makes a Tech Acquisition That Bolsters an Industry Trend

Sean O'Neill, Skift

While this deal is small, it signals that the Expedia-backed hotel-search company wants to better identify the desires of its customers and become more sophisticated at proposing tailor-made offers that are relevant.

3 weeks ago