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Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Kayak is looking to get leaner and more efficient. The restructuring, though, doesn't exactly mesh with the upbeat picture about the metasearch company that parent Booking Holdings described during its fourth-quarter earnings call this week.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The fact that Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are leaning away from TripAdvisor is a wake-up call for many metasearch sites. However, travelers still love to use the damn things for comparison shopping, so there's that.

3 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Consolidation Creates Travel Brand Bullies

Travel Megatrends 2019: Consolidation Creates Travel Brand Bullies

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

In a rush to scale, consolidated travel companies find themselves with outsized market share that often leads to muscling consumers to their advantage. With no good alternatives, how will travelers react to the pressure?

4 weeks ago

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia is an opportunistic company, and mergers and acquisitions are part of its DNA. The company has been quiet on this front for the past three years. It is sort of due to make another big splash.

1 month ago

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A new name shows that GoEuro has ambitions outside of Europe. Can it deliver on this promise?

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Places Big Bets on Experience Bookers Rather Than Hotel Shoppers

TripAdvisor Places Big Bets on Experience Bookers Rather Than Hotel Shoppers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor is leveraging its strengths — tours and activities, and restaurants — where it has leadership positions rather than choosing to devote the bulk of its energies in the crowded field of hotels and alternative accommodations. It is a wise choice to differentiate rather than be a mere clone of its competitors.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Saw Experiences and Restaurants as Major Growth Contributors in 2018

TripAdvisor Saw Experiences and Restaurants as Major Growth Contributors in 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Fickle investors, meaning those without a long-range view, didn't necessarily appreciate the breadth of the TripAdvisor platform in the past. The company isn't the biggest player out there, but its strong positions in tours and activities, as well as restaurants, is injecting momentum.

1 month ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Online Travel Agencies Scurry for Salvation Beyond Hotels

Travel Megatrends 2019: Online Travel Agencies Scurry for Salvation Beyond Hotels

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies will be around a decade from now, but food, activities, and rides will be a lot more important to them and their customers. The saplings of this future growth are already visible in 2019.

1 month ago

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

We've seen this movie before. Should Airbnb be responsible for the legality of listings on its site? Will municipalities be able to curb Airbnb as a way to counter skyrocketing rents? A happy ending isn't a likely scenario.

1 month ago

Expedia Struggles to Move Beyond Its U.S. Dependence

Expedia Struggles to Move Beyond Its U.S. Dependence

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia Group wants to become less U.S.-centric, but change is coming slowly. Trivago's troubles are partly to blame.

1 month ago

Secret Escapes Boosts European Reach With Irish Acquisition

Secret Escapes Boosts European Reach With Irish Acquisition

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Secret Escapes continues its acquisition spree. The question is what comes next: Will it opt for an IPO or might a buyer be waiting in the wings?

1 month ago

Why Does Travelzoo Have a Big China Problem?

Why Does Travelzoo Have a Big China Problem?

Isaac Carey, Skift

The company has been hoping for a turnaround in Asia Pacific for years now, but so far business in the region is weak. If trade tensions continue to squeeze the company, will progress get even slower?

1 month ago