Booking Sites

Why Ebix Wants to Buy India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $336 Million

Why Ebix Wants to Buy India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $336 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ebix has made a generous takeover bid for Yatra, a corporate travel services provider and online travel agency, to create one of India’s largest end-to-end travel services businesses. Ebix's shrewd CEO Robin Raina is cornering the rare travel segments in India that aren't facing fierce price wars, namely, corporate travel services and currency exchange.

13 hours ago

Instagram Launches Direct Purchasing for Fashions Brands But Travel Is Missing in Action

Instagram Launches Direct Purchasing for Fashions Brands But Travel Is Missing in Action

Sarah Frier, Bloomberg

Facebook's Instagram is focusing on direct booking for brands from Adidas to Warby Parker but you can imagine the day that this e-commerce initiative will also include flights and hotels from household-name travel brands. They are not in the first iteration, however.

2 days ago

Lastminute.com Goes After TUI With Vacation Push

Lastminute.com Goes After TUI With Vacation Push

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While traditional tour operators might not offer the flexibility that Lastminute.com does with its package vacations, they do have an advantage in terms of exclusivity.

2 days ago

U.S. Travelers Are Taking Experience to a Different Level: New Skift Research

U.S. Travelers Are Taking Experience to a Different Level: New Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

In its third year, Skift Research’s U.S. Experiential Traveler Survey shows us how the modern American traveler has changed and remained constant, revealing important information for travel industry insiders looking to appeal to this market.

2 days ago

The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia Indonesia Just Got Dirtier

The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia Indonesia Just Got Dirtier

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It appears that AirAsia has a bigger problem on its hands than it can possibly imagine. Now, even the largest local tour operators have stopped selling its flights on their online platforms. Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear: Online travel booking is such a powerful weapon.

3 days ago

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going down the rabbit hole and considering the effect of a big tech crackdown in travel, Google and global distribution systems have perhaps the most to lose. It's likely, though, that few, if any, of Elizabeth Warren's proposed restrictions will ever become U.S. law.

6 days ago

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Rachel Lerman and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press

China leads the super app phenomenon and Facebook is following in its footsteps several years later with big ambitions to be the WeChat of the world — outside China, of course.

1 week ago

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Any form of industry players conspiring to protect their self-interests should be thoroughly investigated. Hopefully this unsettling episode in Indonesia will end soon and everyone can go back to booking the best deal they can get without lame invisible hands interfering with the process.

1 week ago

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Meituan has an advantage in travel over some of its competitors because it is a platform company, offering an extensive array of retail services, although food delivery is its core business. The Chinese hotel market is clearly in flux with Meituan and, to a lesser extent, Alibaba, nipping at Ctrip's heels.

1 week ago

Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Within months, Google has rolled out new features in flights and hotels that, we dare say, make it a convenient one-stop shop to book travel sans encumbrances. Given its dominance in search, hotels and online travel agencies are on another planet if they are not feeling wary.

1 week ago

Expedia CEO Rips Hilton’s ‘Stop Clicking Around’ Campaign As Misguided

Expedia CEO Rips Hilton’s ‘Stop Clicking Around’ Campaign As Misguided

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We're pretty sure Hilton chief Chris Nassetta would disagree.

2 weeks ago

Despegar Surfs Rising Wave of Mobile Travel Bookings in Latin America

Despegar Surfs Rising Wave of Mobile Travel Bookings in Latin America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The Argentine economic crisis continues to drag on Despegar, but the online travel agency's continuous investment in mobile is setting it up for long-term growth across the continent.

2 weeks ago