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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn't hurt Trip.com Group to be based in China.

3 days ago

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Traveler Awareness in Alternative Accommodations as a Long-Term Boon

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Traveler Awareness in Alternative Accommodations as a Long-Term Boon

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said the pandemic had no redeeming value. But his company will coincidentally be well-placed for the recovery thanks to the new consumer awareness of alternative lodging.

6 days ago

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows, Snapping Up MGM Resorts Stake While Rescuing Expedia With Debt

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows, Snapping Up MGM Resorts Stake While Rescuing Expedia With Debt

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Both of Barry Diller's companies, IAC and Expedia, are now invested in a travel recovery, which he thinks will arrive in only a matter of time. Count Diller on the side of those who believe the new normal will resemble its former self more than many people imagine.

1 week ago

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Expedia Group’s Advertising Platform Welcomes Vrbo to Its Portfolio

Expedia Group’s Advertising Platform Welcomes Vrbo to Its Portfolio

Expedia Group Media Solutions + Skift

Vrbo is one of the only major short-term rental platforms with advertising opportunities. This, combined with its valuable, high-spending audience of family and group travelers, will likely make it an appealing offering to brands.

3 months ago

Vacation Rentals Lose Pandemic Edge and 15 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Vacation Rentals Lose Pandemic Edge and 15 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tom Lowry , Skift

This week in travel, Skift covered how the vacation rentals' advantage over hotels during the pandemic has all but disappeared, that climate change will be travel's challenge now and after the pandemic is history, and how Delta is leveraging its SkyMiles program.

1 week ago

The Short-Lived Vacation Rental Advantage Over Hotels Is Almost Gone

The Short-Lived Vacation Rental Advantage Over Hotels Is Almost Gone

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The death of hotels was greatly exaggerated. Advantage Booking.com and Expedia — not Airbnb — if travelers indeed are now seeking out both hotels and vacation rentals in comparable numbers.

2 weeks ago

Newly Agile Thomas Cook Is Resurrected in a Pandemic to Be an Online Travel Player

Newly Agile Thomas Cook Is Resurrected in a Pandemic to Be an Online Travel Player

Matthew Parsons, Skift

New owner Fosun will be banking on people fondly remembering this historic name, rather than reflecting on its spectacular collapse just one year ago.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Is Now Marriott’s Exclusive Provider of Wholesale Rates for Travel Agents

Expedia Is Now Marriott’s Exclusive Provider of Wholesale Rates for Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If the Expedia-Marriott partnership works out as promised, then there will be fewer Marriott rates on metasearch sites that are deeply discounted compared to Marriott's own websites. And bedbanks and tour operators will have to sign up with Expedia — not Marriott — to get their hands on Marriott's wholesale rates.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Rallies Hosts Against Pending Chicago Ban on Single-Night Stays

Airbnb Rallies Hosts Against Pending Chicago Ban on Single-Night Stays

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has bigger concerns than the scenario of one more big city, Chicago, that is potentially tightening its short-term rental restrictions. But such an action certainly wouldn't help.

3 weeks ago

Booking Holdings Is Holding Its Own Amidst the Wreckage But Then There’s Google

Booking Holdings Is Holding Its Own Amidst the Wreckage But Then There’s Google

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Skift Health Score ranked Booking Holdings as the overall leader in August among 100 public travel companies but the entire travel industry faces grave uncertainties. Then there's that little search engine Google, which has an even larger travel business than Booking.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb to Activist Investor Bill Ackman Offering to Help It Go Public: Thanks, but No Thanks

Airbnb to Activist Investor Bill Ackman Offering to Help It Go Public: Thanks, but No Thanks

Anirban Sen, Joshua Franklin and Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Reuters

Airbnb has options for going public, and anything can change, but the roadmap currently points to a traditional public offering as the most-likely scenario.

4 weeks ago

Trivago CEO and Kayak Co-Founder Possess Skewed Views on the Best Way to Innovate

Trivago CEO and Kayak Co-Founder Possess Skewed Views on the Best Way to Innovate

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to brainstorming, there's no substitute for a Skift reporter ambling over to a Skift Research analyst's desk, and shooting the breeze about Oyo's model, or looking over a shoulder to view on screen how Expedia's marketing spend is trending. That dynamic is really tough to replicate on Zoom.

4 weeks ago