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How Expedia Is Expanding and Acquiring Its Way Beyond Traditional Booking

Expedia's expansion outside the OTA world is afoot. With their aquisition of Homeaway and the expansion of Egencia, Expedia keeps a steady foot in online travel.

1 week ago

Booking.com in Reversal as it Launches Loyalty Program for Business Travelers

There's no doubt that Booking.com already has the user base -- and can increase it -- to be successful in catering to unmanaged business travelers. Whether a loyalty program will turn out to be advantageous remains to be seen and can be adjusted as the situation merits. The real question is whether Booking.com, like Expedia's Egencia, will take the next step into managed travel by acquisition or otherwise.

2 weeks ago

GoEuro’s First Priority After $70 Million in New Funding Is Raising Awareness

It has taken a long time for rail companies and governments to loosen their grip on the data they control. Now that its happened, GoEuro and others operating in multi-modal metasearch are well placed to take advantage.

2 weeks ago

New Skift Trends Report: The 2016 Deep Dive Into Expedia’s Competitive Position In Travel

Expedia has a lot going for it in the short to mid term but shifts in technology and consumer tastes have disrupted the travel space before, and will do so again. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and team will need to stay vigilant in addressing certain vulnerabilities, especially as they go up against the big platforms including Google, Facebook, Amazon and others.

2 weeks ago

Hotel Direct Booking Campaigns Won’t Hurt Priceline and Expedia Says Study

Expedia, Booking.com and Ctrip are all slated to grow at at healthy clip over the next few years despite moves by big chains to steal some market share. If Morningstar's numbers are right, then some of the chains may find that the potential advantages of their direct-booking campaigns may not be as large as they once imagined.

2 weeks ago

Priceline Exec Says Virtual Reality May Make Travel Planning Obsolete

It was almost heresy a few years ago to say that people would arrive for a trip in a destination without a hotel reservation. Advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality in coming years may take that whole trend even further. Will your grandkids say, "Trip-planning: What was that?"

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer Defiantly Vows to Stay Committed to Instant Booking

Two headlines here: TripAdvisor CEO remains adamantly committed to Instant Booking -- and he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He's still excited about his gig.

3 weeks ago

Booking.com CEO: Direct and Third-Party Bookings Can Peacefully Co-Exist

OTAs have had it their own way for a long time but the boss of Booking.com seemed relaxed about the future. Different customers will continue to require different ways to book a room.

3 weeks ago

Expedia, Priceline Founders Say Voice-Based Search Is the Next Frontier in Travel

It's hard to disagree with the fact that travel planning and booking are set for a social revolution. But how long will it be until voice-controlled interfaces hit the mainstream?

3 weeks ago

Expedia CEO Says Rumors of an Online Booking War Are Exaggerated

Always a cool character, Dara Khosrowshahi is steering a basically steady ship as online travel competitors become more disruptive.

3 weeks ago

Marriott Has Its Sights on Expedia and Priceline Now That Starwood Buy Is Complete

The combination of loyalty and direct booking to battle the OTAs is the greatest power hotels have right now. But in the long-haul, should this be the most important battle for hotels to be fighting?

4 weeks ago

Trivago IPO Gets the Attention But HomeAway Could Be a Bigger Expedia Profit Generator

Vacation rentals and guest-booking fees aren't particularly sexy or headline-grabbing but 11-year-old HomeAway could have a far-reaching impact on parent Expedia's profit numbers. Trivago is a very nice plaything, too.

1 month ago