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Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hoteliers probably disliked Amoma.com more than any other online travel agency in the past few years. Amoma often undercut hoteliers on price. Now its reported troubles may have repercussions across the hotel and online travel industry for companies like Hotelbeds, Google, and Booking.com.

1 day ago

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Klook's launch five years ago, big changes have occurred in the sector. TripAdvisor bought Viator, TUI-Musement, and Booking-FareHarbor, and most recently, Airbnb invested in Atlas Obscura. All this, plus competition from online travel agencies, will test Klook's playbook, even though its strategies seem sound for now.

3 days ago

Pinterest Tries to Pin Down Carnival and Other Travel Marketers

Pinterest Tries to Pin Down Carnival and Other Travel Marketers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The popular but unprofitable visual search company needs to crack more big-budget marketing accounts to make its financial picture more attractive. This year Pinterest began offering the ability to target ads to subsets of users based on their travel interests. That will help.

3 days ago

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New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

D-EDGE + Skift

A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment.

5 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Kiwi.com CEO Wants to Build a Rival to Expedia

Skift Global Forum Preview: Kiwi.com CEO Wants to Build a Rival to Expedia

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Setting up a site for selling plane tickets is fairly easy. Building a startup into a globally recognized travel agency is much harder. Kiwi.com's CEO Oliver Dlouhý believes his company can defy the odds. But what comes next may be the toughest part of the journey.

3 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Sean O'Neill, Skift

HotelTonight's acquisition by Airbnb last March represented a happy outcome, but it wasn't inevitable. Back in 2015, HotelTonight faced layoffs and fundraising hiccups. Here, co-founder and CEO Sam Shank shares some of the ways he got his company back on track.

4 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia's lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order will likely be disrupted in coming years.

5 days ago

Ctrip Changing Name to Trip.com Group to Emphasize International Business

Ctrip Changing Name to Trip.com Group to Emphasize International Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, or the company soon-to-be known as Trip.com Group Ltd., is banking on international growth as a key driver of its business, primarily in Asia. But short term, at least, difficulties in Hong Kong and Taiwan and with the White House are complicating that game plan.

5 days ago

Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia Group doesn't intend to hoard piles of cash for a rainy day. The company purports to favor share repurchases over acquisitions, all things being equal, but if a rainmaker of a deal comes along, then Expedia may pounce.

1 week ago

Prince Harry Launches Sustainable Travel Initiative With TripAdvisor, Booking.com

Prince Harry Launches Sustainable Travel Initiative With TripAdvisor, Booking.com

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Prince Harry is now applying his environmental activism to the industry of travel. While the efficacy of this initiative won't be determined for a long time yet, he's certainly succeeded in getting some big names on board.

2 weeks ago

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams believes it has developed a long-term recipe for success but needs time to realize those gains. If it can convince enough people to sign up — and stay signed up — to its subscription service it might prove it is on to something.

2 weeks ago

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After Indonesia, Grab’s next biggest battleground is Vietnam. No surprise there, it's a rapidly growing economy with all the ingredients for a ridehailing explosion. Naturally Grab is not alone — rivals are aplenty.

3 weeks ago