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Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Webjet Limited has risen as a major online travel agency in Australia and the No. 2 bedbank player globally. But stiff competition among online players down under, a slowdown in cruise sales, and low bedbank margins will keep it on its toes.

2 months ago

Travel Apps Share User Data With Facebook and 3 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travel Apps Share User Data With Facebook and 3 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we have two stories on personal data. A new privacy report found that some travel apps including Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Skyscanner shared user data from their Android apps with Facebook. Then, an update on the massive Marriott data breach.

2 months ago

The Travel Buzzwords Skift Loves to Hate

The Travel Buzzwords Skift Loves to Hate

Skift Staff, Skift

We're not mad, but we are tired of buzzwords being used by travel companies to obscure what is really going on, which tends to be either a strategic erosion of quality for consumers, or a slow process of change to become more competitive in a certain marketplace.

2 months ago

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Consumers often wonder where they can find the lowest rate for a hotel room online. Oddly enough, a hotel's managers may not know the answer. Mysteriously discounted rates from small sites and apps are popping up more often online, even in markets like the U.S. where a few hotel groups dominate.

2 months ago

Expedia Faces Lawsuit and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia Faces Lawsuit and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, Expedia is facing a lawsuit over its allegedly deceptive collection of fees with Reservations.com. And don't miss our 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018, including Amadeus' purchase of TravelClick, Booking's investment in Didi, and more.

2 months ago

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Ctrip has been able to spend most of its 15-year history riding a rising travel tide in China while buying out much of the competition to blunt their challenges. For 2019, Ctrip will have to stand up and get moving to recapture momentum and investor attention.

2 months ago

Amazon May Create Advertising Opportunities for Travel Companies: New Skift Research E-Book

Amazon May Create Advertising Opportunities for Travel Companies: New Skift Research E-Book

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon to the rescue? That is narrative you don't often hear associated with Jeff Bezos' company. But advertising is collectively one of travel's largest expenses and few can break free of the Facebook and Google duopoly. Amazon might just be able to succeed where many others have failed.

2 months ago

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies have been vehemently opposed to detailing the components of the taxes and fees they collect on prepaid hotel bookings because it would expose the wholesale rates they obtain from hotels and the markups that the booking sites impose. This lawsuit could potentially impose changes in Expedia's financial relationship with its affiliates.

2 months ago

What Does 2019 Hold For Travel as Recession Anxieties Rise: New Skift Research

What Does 2019 Hold For Travel as Recession Anxieties Rise: New Skift Research

Rebecca Stone and Seth Borko, Skift Research

Will there be a recession next year? That seems to be the question on everyone's minds. But the fundamental data and industry management teams tell a story of greater strength heading into next year. Headwinds are rising, but on balance, we expect “steady-as-she-goes” growth.

2 months ago

Booking Holdings Faces a Hotel Chain Challenge in U.S. Competition With Expedia

Booking Holdings Faces a Hotel Chain Challenge in U.S. Competition With Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com has been making strides in the U.S. market for several years, but the challenges are formidable. Expedia is outspending Booking.com on U.S. TV, and then there is Airbnb to throw into the equation.

2 months ago

Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The big digital news this week was all about Travelport. One of the big three platforms for airline distribution is being taken private in an all-cash transaction valued at around $4.4 billion.

2 months ago

Grab Is Hiring Tech Talent to Become Southeast Asia’s First Super App

Grab Is Hiring Tech Talent to Become Southeast Asia’s First Super App

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Grab will hire an additional 1,000 tech employees in 2019, after doubling the number of software engineers, data scientists, and analysts it added this year to 2,000. A look at its next R&D hiring plan gives a few hints on what it is working on.

2 months ago