Booking Sites

Trivago CEO Says No Company Has Solved the Key Problem in Hotel Search

Trivago CEO Says No Company Has Solved the Key Problem in Hotel Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Rectifying the difficulties in shopping for hotels online is a tremendously complex problem given travelers' fickle nature -- a business trip today, a romantic escapade tomorrow -- and varying quality levels from property to property even within a given brand. Trivago at least recognizes what one of the main problems is in matching a traveler's hotel preferences with the right hotel and hopes to address it with a heftier bank account after conducting its IPO.

1 month ago

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Lauren Hirsch, Reuters

Trivago's IPO priced lower than its hoped-for range because investors weren't happy with its high advertising spend and low profitability. But it's not all Trivago's fault: It hasn't been a great year for tech IPOs, either.

1 month ago

Priceline Group’s New CEO Is Veteran Merger Guru Glenn Fogel

Priceline Group’s New CEO Is Veteran Merger Guru Glenn Fogel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The selection of Glenn Fogel as CEO is likely one that will please Wall Street as he represents stability and is highly regarded inside the travel industry and beyond it. Is it purely coincidence that the Group announces its CEO pick after eight months of looking, hours before Expedia's Trivago is slated to price its IPO? Probably not.

1 month ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach

Skift Backstage Podcast: Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans talk about how the company is trying to build products that meet higher consumer expectations.

1 month ago

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping.com Raises $35 Million

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping.com Raises $35 Million

Bloomberg

There's some big money flowing into online booking, and big money is what they all need to compete in a world where Google placement is often the leading indicator of success.

1 month ago

Are Google Reviews Poised to Beat TripAdvisor at Its Own Game?

Are Google Reviews Poised to Beat TripAdvisor at Its Own Game?

Martin Soler and Daniel E. Craig, Skift

Google has fought and annoyed TripAdvisor and Yelp for years when it comes to user reviews. The search giant obviously has the scale to compete and is now putting new emphasis on its own user reviews, but it has to prove it has the focus to upend the review balance of power.

1 month ago

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

Associated Press

We'll have to see how this hodgepodge ruling gets sorted out. Cities in California wouldn't be able to tax online travel agencies' booking fees -- unless hotels require the online travel agencies via rate parity rules to levy the fees to have a consistent retail rate. On the other hand, the ruling seems to let booking sites off the hook, to some extent, and decrees that authorities must collect the tax from the hotels.

1 month ago

Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Tourists Access to Top Tokyo Restaurants

Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Tourists Access to Top Tokyo Restaurants

Takahiko Hyuga, Russell Ward, Bloomberg

This entrepreneur takes a risk by buying up pricey meals at exclusive Tokyo restaurants, then re-selling them to foreigners. But with the city's cuisine being a huge tourist draw, and the language barrier being high, it looks like this venture is paying off.

1 month ago

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Three Ways to Influence the American Traveler’s Path to Purchase

Three Ways to Influence the American Traveler’s Path to Purchase

Expedia Media Solutions + Skift

In the 45 days leading up to an online travel purchase, American shoppers visit travel sites an average of 140 times — here are three tips for travel marketers to reach and influence the online booker throughout their path to purchase.

1 month ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: TripAdvisor CEO on Setting Realistic Expectations

Skift Backstage Podcast: TripAdvisor CEO on Setting Realistic Expectations

Hannah Sampson, Skift

TripAdvisor's CEO says many of the experiences that make up a trip are still ripe for reviewing. Brace yourselves, museum audio tour providers.

1 month ago

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

Michelle Evans, Euromonitor

All markets are not created equal, and these five have lessons that are helpful beyond their borders.

1 month ago

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Dave Montali, Skift

While the world is transitioning to mobile, there are still issues to work on when it comes to monetizing mobile search.

2 months ago