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Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Filipe Pacheco and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

One of the kingdom’s largest travel companies, Al Tayyar, could receive a cash boost if it sells its stake in a ridehailing company to Uber as expected. The Saudi Arabian travel firm will need to invest the windfall wisely if it wishes to avoid the troubles facing companies like TUI and Thomas Cook.

2 months ago

Why Does Traveloka Want to Venture Into Competitive Australia?

Why Does Traveloka Want to Venture Into Competitive Australia?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Traveloka is going after a slice of the Australian online travel market. That's brave. Even though the market is robust, the space is highly competitive. While Indonesia is popular among Australians, travelers still mainly prefer Bali, which is like their backyard. So what has Traveloka to offer?

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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?

2 months 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.

2 months 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?

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago