Booking Sites

Hotelbeds Plans to Buy Tourico Holidays to Expand in the Americas

Hotelbeds Plans to Buy Tourico Holidays to Expand in the Americas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotelbeds has an outstanding market position on the strength of its booking technology. The plan to acquire Tourico shows that its financial backers, particularly buyout firm Cinven, see a path to growth. Expect further acquisitions that add new supplier relationships in new market segments.

2 weeks ago

Skift Forum Europe: Skyscanner’s CEO Is Looking Beyond Scale

Skift Forum Europe: Skyscanner’s CEO Is Looking Beyond Scale

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams is the rare Western executive to have played his cards right in China, in light of the successful recent sale to Chinese giant Ctrip of the price-comparison company he co-founded. Williams' next bets for growth are on voice-activated Internet search, instant booking for airlines, and mobile-first transactions in Asia.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Calls Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Detrimental to Business’ in New Lawsuit

Expedia Calls Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Detrimental to Business’ in New Lawsuit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From a financial standpoint, President Trump's executive order temporarily blocking travel to the U.S. from the seven countries is going to cost money for Expedia and other travel companies. That's just the dollars and euros part of it -- the moral and legal issues loom large, as well.

3 weeks ago

Google Flights Is Making Gains With Consumers

Google Flights Is Making Gains With Consumers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Just because your company is paranoid doesn't mean Google Flights is not out to get you. Google Flights is making gains, albeit incrementally and seemingly unceasingly.

3 weeks ago

Google Earnings Show Booking Sites Face Ongoing Advertising Headwinds

Google Earnings Show Booking Sites Face Ongoing Advertising Headwinds

Jared Wein, Skift

Google continues to churn out strong revenue growth numbers despite its massive size. There was little direct mention of travel on Google’s earnings call, but a few metrics give us insights into likely online travel agency earnings season and the broader online travel ecosystem.

4 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Travel Is Finally Becoming a Reality

Travel Megatrends 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Travel Is Finally Becoming a Reality

Greg Oates, Skift

After years of hype, hospitality and travel companies are now delivering real added value for consumers by integrating artificial intelligence into online search and booking platforms.

4 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Tours and Activities Are Finally Coming Into Their Own

Travel Megatrends 2017: Tours and Activities Are Finally Coming Into Their Own

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb’s entry into the tours and activities market certainly brings the sector to the fore. If Airbnb sticks with a strategy to curate its tours and activities, going with unique and off-the-beaten-path experiences, then that is still important for the sector given Airbnb’s scale, but self-limiting. Competition is certainly a healthy thing and all the players will have to up their games.

4 weeks ago

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Sophistication and adoption of back-end technology on the supply side is getting to a point where the big players in online travel are taking the tours and activities segment seriously. It's an expanding growth opportunity for new and direct revenue streams across the entire traveler journey, beyond core transport and accommodations products.

4 weeks ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

4 weeks ago

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

Last summer, Expedia opened a user-experience lab in London, similar to the one at its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. While a reporter researches a trip, a computer tracks their eye movement and electromyography sensors track their facial reactions.

1 month ago

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While plenty of European travel companies have struggled to cope in a difficult operating environment, On the Beach has prospered. In an uncertain world, its flexible approach to holidays means that it is able to take advantage without some of the risk that others face.

1 month ago

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Stay Alfred's $15 million Series A funding may pale next to the roughly $3 billion that Airbnb has raised. But the company — which services apartment rentals and aims for hotel-quality service — is part of a thriving wave of vendors providing an ecosystem of services around short-term urban rentals.

1 month ago