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EU Finds Most Travel Websites in Europe Mislead on Pricing Information

EU Finds Most Travel Websites in Europe Mislead on Pricing Information

Robert-Jan Bartunek, Reuters

It is not a shock that some websites in Europe -- and elsewhere -- mislead consumers on pricing as initial search results don't match final price. But the extent of the problem as cited by the European Commission, without naming names, is appalling.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor to Open Branded Retail Store at Raleigh-Durham Airport

TripAdvisor to Open Branded Retail Store at Raleigh-Durham Airport

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The TripAdvisor store would be your go-to place to purchase a TripAdvisor Reviewer or Bubbles T-Shirt with all five bubbles. The retail effort could help get TripAdvisor out of the bubble in which consumers think it's just a review site.

3 weeks ago

Travel Disruption and Reinvention Top of Mind at Skift Forum Europe

Travel Disruption and Reinvention Top of Mind at Skift Forum Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Disruption is more fun when you're the disruptor. The speakers and attendees at the inaugural Skift Forum Europe are doing what they can to be on the right side of the equation.

3 weeks ago

Skyscanner CEO: Great Engineering in Metasearch Beats Marketing Muscle

Skyscanner CEO: Great Engineering in Metasearch Beats Marketing Muscle

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's not a surprise that Skyscanner is looking to Chinese trends as it becomes a part of Ctrip. The storefront model it has outlined, however, is getting somewhat of a cold reception from competitors.

3 weeks ago

Momondo CEO Says Rival Skyscanner’s Strategy Would Confuse Consumers

Momondo CEO Says Rival Skyscanner’s Strategy Would Confuse Consumers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Whether it's a booking site or a hotel, how do you create differentiation where there is so much sameness all around? Create a brand that consumers love and want to engage with.

3 weeks ago

Google Trials Travel Package Metasearch in the UK and Germany

Google Trials Travel Package Metasearch in the UK and Germany

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google revealed Tuesday that it is doing an early experiment in how to sell bundled flights and hotels via its travel search results. Package travel is huge in Europe, and Google's trial will be watched closely.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Plans to Increase Its Marketing Spend in Europe

Expedia Plans to Increase Its Marketing Spend in Europe

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia has not been aggressive in its marketing spend in Europe lately. But its global head of retail, Gary Morrison, says that strategy is about to change.

3 weeks ago

How Momondo Outcompeting Kayak in Europe Led to Its Acquisition

How Momondo Outcompeting Kayak in Europe Led to Its Acquisition

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Momondo Group thinks the key to differentiation in metasearch is to create an emotional connection with the customer. Price-focused Kayak wants to learn a thing or two.

3 weeks ago

Trivago’s Marketers and Engineers Are Equally Key to Its Success, Says Managing Director

Trivago’s Marketers and Engineers Are Equally Key to Its Success, Says Managing Director

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Trivago gets critiqued for spending heavily on TV brand marketing. But Managing Director Johannes Thomas says it's part of a sustainable plan. We now tend to agree.

3 weeks ago

Travelzoo Closes Search Business and Sells Fly.com Domain

Travelzoo Closes Search Business and Sells Fly.com Domain

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelzoo has sold Fly.com, the most under-leveraged internet domain name in travel. We hope the mystery buyer has better luck with it than the deals publisher did.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Sued by Affiliate for Allegedly Stealing Data and Handing It to a Competitor

Expedia Sued by Affiliate for Allegedly Stealing Data and Handing It to a Competitor

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The American Hotel & Lodging Association has no love lost for Expedia, other online travel agencies and their affiliates, and will likely welcome the squabbling and any additional exposure the affiliate issue gets from this lawsuit. Expedia has to move fast to protect its reputation among partners.

4 weeks ago

Kayak’s New Basic Economy Display and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Kayak’s New Basic Economy Display and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

4 weeks ago