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Vacasa Snaps Up Oasis and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Vacasa Snaps Up Oasis and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, Vacasa is acquiring the inventory and hiring the employees of Oasis, and Hopper and Oyo raise significant funding.

1 week ago

CrowdRiff Raises $9 Million for Visual Marketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

CrowdRiff Raises $9 Million for Visual Marketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A wave of fundings is helping startups like CrowdRiff and Travel Appeal develop tools to help travel marketers be more efficient.

2 weeks ago

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Balancing Privacy and Personalization for Today’s Empowered Traveler

Balancing Privacy and Personalization for Today’s Empowered Traveler

Epsilon and Conversant + Skift

Data privacy is becoming a growing issue for consumers, even as travel brands try to gather more accurate identity details and deliver personalized experiences. Is it possible to thread the needle between these seemingly conflicting goals? Emerging strategies suggest the answer is yes.

2 weeks ago

Hopper Raises $100 Million More for Airfare and Hotel Rate Prediction

Hopper Raises $100 Million More for Airfare and Hotel Rate Prediction

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hopper's survival is a testament to the perseverance of its founders, though it's an understatement to say it takes them a long time to scale their products up. The startup is also now overpriced, based on its funding, for most potential acquirers — except maybe for Airbnb.

2 weeks ago

Vacasa Snaps Up Hyatt-Backed Luxury Rental Brand Oasis

Vacasa Snaps Up Hyatt-Backed Luxury Rental Brand Oasis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite everyone's happy talk, this deal smells like Hyatt was disenchanted by Oasis' performance and eager to unload its investment stake. That aside, the deal boosts Vacasa in an area where it has been underserved to date.

2 weeks ago

China Online Travel Faces Unprecedented Regulation

China Online Travel Faces Unprecedented Regulation

Bloomberg

Chinese online travel may be imperiled from increasing regulation as well as the trade war and aggressive rhetoric between the U.S. and China. On the other hand, the Chinese middle class will not be denied; their passports are ready.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Wants to Become More Locally Relevant Worldwide

Expedia Wants to Become More Locally Relevant Worldwide

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Rather than push Expedia Group to expand horizontally, CEO Mark Okerstrom has been focused in the past year on improving the company's execution in several key markets with its existing brands and loyal customers. The effort to consolidate gains makes intuitive sense.

3 weeks ago

Travelsify Raises $5.8 Million for Hotel and Restaurant Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Travelsify Raises $5.8 Million for Hotel and Restaurant Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Accor's backing of Travelsify is eye-opening. It suggests that the hotel giant will take advantage of the startup's artificial intelligence-powered engine, which collects data about hotels, restaurants, and vacation rentals to boost online marketing and discovery.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Clone Wimdu to Close Despite Having Raised More Than $90 Million

Airbnb Clone Wimdu to Close Despite Having Raised More Than $90 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

One ripple effect of startups like Airbnb raising enormous sums of funding is that it has become harder for smaller rivals to clone their models elsewhere in the world. While clones get a bad name, they do provide benefits to consumers in added competition.

3 weeks ago

Behind TripAdvisor’s Renewed Push to Inspire Travelers Beyond Just Making Sales

Behind TripAdvisor’s Renewed Push to Inspire Travelers Beyond Just Making Sales

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor is notable for having a large audience of consumers looking for ideas about where to go and stay and what to do once they're there. It's sensible that the company is adding features to bolster that edge over its transaction-focused rivals — as long as the company doesn't neglect transactions.

3 weeks ago

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google has developed solid travel booking and itinerary management tools, but won't push fully into the online travel booking business because of its lucrative role in online advertising. It looks like Google's bifurcated travel strategy will continue for some time.

3 weeks ago

How Booking Holdings Is Plotting the Next Decade of Online Travel Innovation

How Booking Holdings Is Plotting the Next Decade of Online Travel Innovation

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The Booking Holdings CEO is taking the long view, which can be difficult for the leader of a public company to accomplish while growing stock value. The opportunity is there, though, for the online booking leader to improve its offerings with data-based personalization.

3 weeks ago