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Skift Podcast: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Skift Podcast: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in for an expert take on how Amazon has already dabbled in travel and how the retail giant might return.

9 hours ago

How Booking Is Trying to Solve Travel’s Pain Points

How Booking Is Trying to Solve Travel’s Pain Points

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travel is full of discovery — sometimes not for the better. The CMO of Booking.com explains how the company is trying to ease some of those unhappy surprises.

2 days ago

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., which led to the creation of Booking.com, transformed parent company Priceline.com, and online travel history. Take a look at Priceline's fourth quarter of 2005 financial results, and you'll be able to see the journey in process.

4 days ago

Travel’s Greatest Acquisition and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travel’s Greatest Acquisition and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we released a major undertaking: the oral history of the Booking.com acquisition. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of online travel.

5 days ago

New Agoda CEO Prioritizes Challenging Airbnb for Rentals in Asia

New Agoda CEO Prioritizes Challenging Airbnb for Rentals in Asia

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Agoda has been a quiet giant steadily growing stronger. This year it has begun to throw its weight around more publicly. Airbnb and others need to be on guard.

7 days ago

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The stars were seemingly aligned when Booking.com made its move. The big U.S. players were too comfortable with their huge margins from the merchant model; Booking.com focused on independent hotels; and search engine marketing was on the rise. Still, it was the entrepreneurs and dealmakers who made it all happen.

1 week ago

Analysts Are Puzzled Why Booking Holdings Acquired HotelsCombined

Analysts Are Puzzled Why Booking Holdings Acquired HotelsCombined

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The deal surprised analysts, some of whom didn't see an obvious logic for it. Yet one thing is sure: Online hotel sales are a bit like an old-fashioned butter market. A big chunk of butter changes hands multiple times and everyone gets their hands greasy.

1 week ago

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is Booking Holdings' favored child, but with the addition of HotelsCombined, it is apparent that the parent company still sees plenty of opportunity for its Kayak unit in metasearch worldwide. This deal will help Kayak expand in Asia Pacific, and will give HotelsCombined additional resources as well.

2 weeks ago

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Tom Lowry, Skift

This is the oral history of Priceline's two deals, the acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., that created Booking.com, and continue to shape the course of online travel and the competitive landscape today. The twin transactions were among the greatest Internet deals of all time, and their lessons are relevant to startups and dealmakers in any industry.

2 weeks ago

The Amazon Factor and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Amazon Factor and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we explored Google and Facebook's travel ambitions. And coming up: anyone in travel who wants to learn from Amazon's success should sign up for our free Skift Call on Tuesday, July 10.

2 weeks ago

Asiatravel Holdings Suspends Trading as Auditors Question Financial Viability

Asiatravel Holdings Suspends Trading as Auditors Question Financial Viability

Bloomberg

It appears as though Asiatravel.com will need to secure new funding or find a so-called white knight to stave off creditors.

2 weeks ago

Skift Call July 10: The Amazon Factor

Skift Call July 10: The Amazon Factor

Tom Lowry, Skift

Nothing quite gets the attention of travel executives these days like the mere mention of Amazon. Will it get in? Will it stay on the sidelines? We'll explore all the implications on Tuesday, July 10 at 1 p.m. EST on a Skift Call. Please join us for this all-important discussion.

3 weeks ago