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Essential news about Expedia, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and the leading online travel brands. Our editors and journalists bring readers breaking news and exclusive reports from the sector.

Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were a Kayak-branded hotel, it's safe to say that Marriott and Accor have nothing to worry about.

3 weeks ago

Launching New Skift Pro Exclusive: Dennis’ Online Travel Briefing

3 weeks ago

Tripadvisor Is a Media Business So Why Did It Unload These 8 Brands?

Tripadvisor Is a Media Business So Why Did It Unload These 8 Brands?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While other online travel companies, such as Expedia Group, pursued robust media businesses over the years, Tripadvisor neglected it. In turn, it's now trying to make good on an unrealized opportunity. Shedding non-core assets could help with the focus.

3 weeks ago

Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amidst the carnage, there are job openings in the travel industry. However, many of the opportunities won't get rank-and-file restaurant or hospitality workers back collecting paychecks and benefits anytime soon.

4 weeks ago

Facebook Users Still Dream of Getaways: Here’s the List of Travel’s Most Popular Videos in June

Facebook Users Still Dream of Getaways: Here’s the List of Travel’s Most Popular Videos in June

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With travel to foreign countries still a tepid in many parts of the world, Facebook users are dreaming about vacations. Travel brands, particularly tourism boards and airlines, are only too happy to stoke those visions.

1 month ago

Spain’s eDreams Odigeo Sees Revenue Hit Due to Crisis

Spain’s eDreams Odigeo Sees Revenue Hit Due to Crisis

Jose Elías Rodríguez, Reuters

Analysts expected the revenue loss. They liked hearing that the travel group won't need new financing.

1 month ago

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's no accident that Expedia Group disclosed improved booking trends on Monday, and then announced a senior notes offering to refinance the company's private equity debt a day later. Hey, whether you are a homeowner or a giant online travel company, a good refinancing deal can be smart and hard to resist.

1 month ago

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

Matthew Parsons, Skift

It used to be just the European carriers that made bold statements like this against legacy distribution giants. Not anymore.

1 month ago

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won't be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to explain higher airfares to their clients.

1 month ago

Behind the Lens: How Google’s Street View Traveler Is Capturing the World’s Most Iconic Places

Behind the Lens: How Google’s Street View Traveler Is Capturing the World’s Most Iconic Places

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Business travel is often dreaded by perpetual road warriors, but that’s not true for Valentina Frassi. Except when there's a pandemic, Frassi travels the world recording iconic scenes of major landmarks that most people can only dream of seeing.

1 month ago

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

Jan Wolfe, Reuters

There's no need to tear down the signage. Booking.com can stick with the brand name that it's been using for about 14 years. The U.S. Supreme Court decision gives the company more protection against pesky startups that might try to tread on its brand.

1 month ago

Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com's Arjan Dijk gave a feisty interview at Skift Forum Europe, touching on his skepticism about Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's bold predictions about the future of travel, the marketing strategies of his competitors, and whether aid programs for the industry make sense.

1 month ago