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Skift Backstage Podcast: Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking

Skift Backstage Podcast: Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in for insight from travel metasearch executives about advertising, standing out in a crowded field, and trying to create product that users will love.

15 hours ago

CEO Pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport in 2016

CEO Pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport in 2016

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Executive pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport is about the same, even though company performance has recently varied. It's unclear how much of that discrepancy can be chalked up to differing norms and taxes in the countries where the firms are based.

2 days ago

What Ctrip Looks For When Buying Other Companies

What Ctrip Looks For When Buying Other Companies

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Zhou's comments point to more deals for companies outside China, similar to the one for Skyscanner, and with plenty of money to spend it looks like it could be a very busy few years.

4 days ago

Trivago Turns a Profit and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Trivago Turns a Profit and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the digital trends we were talking about this week.

5 days ago

Trivago Says It Needs to Be the Star of Its Advertising, Not Some Guy

Trivago Says It Needs to Be the Star of Its Advertising, Not Some Guy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Whether to feature a Trivago Guy or Trivago Woman, or both, on TV commercials is a serious strategy and business question for the hotel-search site. For now, it is opting for two actors in the U.S., as it has done elsewhere, for targeting and other purposes.

7 days ago

Google’s New Translation Tech Takes a Great Leap Forward

Google’s New Translation Tech Takes a Great Leap Forward

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Say what? Machine-based translation still makes significant errors. But new techniques from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are much better, as shown by a new Hostelworld chat tool based on the tech.

1 week ago

Trivago Turns a Profit and Excites Some Investors Despite Its Risky Math

Trivago Turns a Profit and Excites Some Investors Despite Its Risky Math

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The German hotel search site predicts that its revenue will grow by 50 percent this year. It will also spend about 85 percent of that revenue on marketing. That's a path to either dominance — or disaster.

1 week ago

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

Dave Montali, Skift

There ain't no such thing as a free booking.

2 weeks ago

Ctrip and Others Mull Buying Etraveli and Other Travel Brands

Ctrip and Others Mull Buying Etraveli and Other Travel Brands

Jonathan Browning, Sarah Syed, David Ramli, and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

Ctrip could do a much better job of boosting the margins from Etraveli, a profitable online agency in Sweden, than its current owner, German media group ProSiebenSat.1. That said, a deal is still conjecture today.

2 weeks ago

How Travel Media Missed the Digital Leap and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

How Travel Media Missed the Digital Leap and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the digital trends we were talking about this week.

2 weeks ago

Ctrip Says a Regulatory Mandate Didn’t Get in the Way of Growth

Ctrip Says a Regulatory Mandate Didn’t Get in the Way of Growth

Sean O'Neill, Skift

China's largest online travel company says that it has changed its practices for upselling customers to comply with a consumer watchdog's request. The hiccup shouldn't knock Ctrip off its growth stride.

2 weeks ago

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There is ample competition among hotels, online travel agencies, and airlines in the U.S. travel marketplace as all of these sectors have seen a spate of consolidation. It may make sense business-wise for these companies, but none of it is particularly good for consumers or competition.

2 weeks ago