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Senator Urges U.S. to Probe TripAdvisor Over Removed Reviews About Rape

Senator Urges U.S. to Probe TripAdvisor Over Removed Reviews About Rape

Associated Press

Normally we'd say this is a typical congressional letter to a regulator that will come to nothing. After all, TripAdvisor has already started placing notifications above hotel listings where there are allegations of rampant crime. However, this is Trump's Federal Trade Commission, the one that will likely gut net neutrality rules. So all bets are off.

3 weeks ago

Why Airbus Lost Its Super Jumbo Deal With Emirates

Why Airbus Lost Its Super Jumbo Deal With Emirates

Benedikt Kammel and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Airbus's setback with Emirates makes for compelling gossip. But it shouldn't overshadow the manufacturer having secured a $50 billion deal last week for 430 single-aisle aircraft. 

4 weeks ago

Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory

Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What do a debate over landing pages, the acquisition of Momondo, a shift into hotel software services, and regulators forcing changes in online travel agency contracts have in common? Each of those seemingly unrelated things may have pushed Priceline to toggle back its spending on Trivago.

4 weeks ago

Ctrip Relaunches Trip.com as Its English Language Travel Agency Brand

Ctrip Relaunches Trip.com as Its English Language Travel Agency Brand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We had speculated before that Ctrip might use its newly acquired Trip.com domain for its own agency listings, displacing the travel recommendation service it recently bought. By de-emphasizing its Chinese origin, it may hope to ingratiate itself with more Western travelers.

4 weeks ago

Google Revamped Its Flights Product and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Revamped Its Flights Product and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we initially thought Google's earbuds with real-time translation would be big, but not so much. Travel companies like Expedia and JetBlue may extend credit to travelers, who would pay for trips in installments -- could be risky for both lender and borrower.

4 weeks ago

Google Flights’ New Look Moves Away From Travel Inspiration

Google Flights’ New Look Moves Away From Travel Inspiration

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google made its claim to fame partly on the simplicity of its user interface. Its new interface for flight search is a return to its elegant design roots.

4 weeks ago

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, it's earnings season and the online travel agencies did not deliver. At least Expedia, Priceline, TripAdvisor, and Trivago are all in good company.

1 month ago

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Sean O'Neill, Skift

When Priceline sneezes, the online travel industry catches a cold.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor CEO Was Coy About Pullback in Meta Advertising Business

TripAdvisor CEO Was Coy About Pullback in Meta Advertising Business

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer was extremely political today in his response to questions about decreased advertising spend from metasearch partners. How the company will rejuvenate its hotel booking product remains an unanswered question as well.

1 month ago

New Research Available: Analyst Session + Data Sheet on Ctrip and China Online Travel

New Research Available: Analyst Session + Data Sheet on Ctrip and China Online Travel

Meghan Carty, Skift

Smartly, Priceline has shown no shame in capitalizing on the China opportunity through minority-stake investments. It works both ways, too. Numerous local players want a piece of China's exploding outbound travel business. That means investments in western assets. Subscribe to our Skift Research to know more.

1 month ago

Trivago Looks to HomeAway Vacation Rentals to Regain Some Mojo

Trivago Looks to HomeAway Vacation Rentals to Regain Some Mojo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This move could be a modest win-win for Trivago and HomeAway, which both fall within the broader Expedia Inc. orbit. But Airbnb and Booking.com remain fierce competitors for rental search, with Google waiting in the wings.

1 month ago

Booking.com Rethinks Digital Advertising in Favor of TV

Booking.com Rethinks Digital Advertising in Favor of TV

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Did we just see an elephant fly? The Priceline Group, which is the largest spender on digital advertising in travel, just said TV commercials may be a better way to attract loyal customers. That's even more surprising than TV-happy Trivago's recent announcement that it would start devoting more resources to digital advertising. Don't you love this industry?

1 month ago