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Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

3 weeks ago

China’s Ctrip Makes History With Appointment of CEO Jane Sun

China’s Ctrip Makes History With Appointment of CEO Jane Sun

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To her male peers at Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor -- watch out. Ctrip and Sun are trending and are looking to take generous helpings of your market share.

3 weeks ago

Trivago Files for an Initial Public Offering in the U.S.

Trivago Files for an Initial Public Offering in the U.S.

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The IPO that we all knew was coming is finally here.

3 weeks ago

TUI Needs to Grow, So It Invests in a Travel Tech Company

TUI Needs to Grow, So It Invests in a Travel Tech Company

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI was already a client of peakwork so it can obviously see the potential in a company that can help speed up the search process.

4 weeks ago

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google may not be on the road toward becoming an online travel agency, but the search engine is inserting itself more aggressively in the travel research and hotel-shopping process.

4 weeks ago

Video: Why Airlines Shouldn’t Confuse Price With Value

Video: Why Airlines Shouldn’t Confuse Price With Value

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A race to the bottom on fares benefits no one. Airlines need to remember that consumers look at other things apart from the final price.

4 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Still Looking for Elusive Progress in Instant Booking

TripAdvisor Still Looking for Elusive Progress in Instant Booking

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor stated earlier this year that its transition to transactions, or Instant Booking, would show progress in the second half of 2016. There is indeed a morsel of progress but not enough to satisfy investors and other critics.

4 weeks ago

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There have long been rumblings that the OpenTable acquisition was problematic for the Priceline Group. Now we learn the depth of the problem -- a $941 million impairment charge.

1 month ago

Video: Booking.com CEO on Keeping Customers at Center of Strategy

Video: Booking.com CEO on Keeping Customers at Center of Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com, which does more than 1,000 A/B tests daily, is testing a rewards program for business travelers, but CEO Gillian Tans still believes that true loyalty is more about delivering its core product for customers than points and rewards schemes.

1 month ago

Ryanair Still Has Unfinished Business With Online Booking Sites

Ryanair Still Has Unfinished Business With Online Booking Sites

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair has made clear that it is not attacking OTAs as a whole but simply wants to see greater pricing transparency. The airline hasn’t always been the best friend of the consumer but in this case it is right to push for a change.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer: Training Travelers to Have Higher Expectations

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer: Training Travelers to Have Higher Expectations

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As booking becomes more important for TripAdvisor, it's trying to make the travel discovery experience more fun for users.

1 month ago

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Jason Clampet, Skift

Everything you need to know about the future of online travel in one two-minute segment.

1 month ago