Booking Sites

Priceline Says It Won’t Get Bogged Down by Acquisitions, Like Expedia Did

Priceline Says It Won’t Get Bogged Down by Acquisitions, Like Expedia Did

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Priceline Group will consider various strategies to further its priority of increasing its lodging supply. The reason? The more choice, the better the conversion rates of lookers into bookers. When people tell you Airbnb won't ever get into selling hotel rooms, then consider the lessons Priceline has learned about adding rooms.

2 hours ago

Trivago Wants to Find Profitability and Spend Big on Marketing, Too

Trivago Wants to Find Profitability and Spend Big on Marketing, Too

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Your eyes weren't fooling you. Late last year, Trivago really did spend more on its TV ads than ever before in many markets. In its first financial report as a public company, the price-comparison company says the ads are working.

15 hours ago

Ctrip’s Spending Spree and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

Ctrip’s Spending Spree and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

2 days ago

Why Trivago Isn’t Worried About Competition From Priceline and TripAdvisor

Why Trivago Isn’t Worried About Competition From Priceline and TripAdvisor

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Trivago's "irritating" onslaught of advertising has helped it to rely less on paid search than many of its competitors.

3 days ago

China’s Ctrip Will Focus on Domestic Hotels Following International Spending Spree

China’s Ctrip Will Focus on Domestic Hotels Following International Spending Spree

Sean O'Neill, Skift

After making a string of investments, Ctrip may be keeping its gunpowder dry in 2017 — at least according to our interpretation of the latest comments of its executives. That will give it a chance to digest its recent acquisition of Skyscanner and to deepen its hotel coverage within China.

5 days ago

BridgeStreet Pushes Corporate Housing Towards a Mini-Revolution in Online Booking

BridgeStreet Pushes Corporate Housing Towards a Mini-Revolution in Online Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A fresh approach to online distribution will heat up the corporate housing sector. It will make it easier for property managers to distribute serviced properties and for travel managers to book them.

7 days ago

Kayak and Momondo Combine and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Kayak and Momondo Combine and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

1 week ago

Expedia CFO on Google Relationship — The Positives and Negatives Balance Out

Expedia CFO on Google Relationship — The Positives and Negatives Balance Out

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google's paid-search and product practices enable the big -- like Expedia -- to get bigger. So what's not to like? Although other businesses that aren't as well-positioned as Expedia and the Priceline Group undoubtably take a more critical view.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Deanna Ting, Skift

... And here comes Airbnb Lux.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Rethinks Marketing as It Tries to Solve Instant Booking Problems

TripAdvisor Rethinks Marketing as It Tries to Solve Instant Booking Problems

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor became the largest travel site in the world based on its high profile in free search results. But Google has become a hyper-monetized marketplace and TripAdvisor's competitors have the resources to grossly outspend it in digital marketing.

2 weeks ago

Ctrip CEO Puts Women at Center of its Strategy to Challenge Priceline

Ctrip CEO Puts Women at Center of its Strategy to Challenge Priceline

David Ramli and Gregory Turk, Bloomberg

Ctrip's biggest challenge to Priceline and Expedia isn't in the U.S., it's in new markets. And right now Sun and her colleagues are moving fast to gain and keep advantage.

2 weeks ago

Skift Forum Europe: Momondo Group’s CEO on Personalization in Metasearch

Skift Forum Europe: Momondo Group’s CEO on Personalization in Metasearch

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Instant booking has long been thought of as a natural progression for the metasearch sector, so it is interesting to note the cautious tone adopted by Momondo’s Chief Executive. It would be a big change and Hugo Burge is determined to make sure whatever he brings in does not confuse the consumer.

2 weeks ago