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The Long, Sad Collapse of USA Today Travel

The Long, Sad Collapse of USA Today Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

That's the final nail in the coffin, but USA Today has been building that coffin since 2010.

6 days ago

Expedia and Booking Bow to UK Pressure and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia and Booking Bow to UK Pressure and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, two booking sites agree to pull back on "pressure selling" while Expedia still struggles to move beyond its home market. Plus, Airbnb acquires event space booking service Gaest — but the move is unlikely to change the sector much.

1 week 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 week ago

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Loyalty 2.0: From Incentivizing Transactions to Creating Value

Loyalty 2.0: From Incentivizing Transactions to Creating Value

Epsilon + Skift

The average consumer is enrolled in 18 loyalty programs, so brands looking to create true, meaningful engagement in the future need to simplify and amplify their offers to remain relevant.

2 weeks ago

Uber Plans On Disrupting Itself With All Kinds of Transport

Uber Plans On Disrupting Itself With All Kinds of Transport

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

As the company prepares for its IPO, it wants investors to know that its ambitions are big. But it's hard to imagine scooters becoming wildly popular, and it's an expensive investment, especially at a time when growth of its core business is slowing.

1 week ago

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The market for long-term business lodging is being dragged, thankfully, into the digital era by companies like 2nd Address. Plus, fundraising news for Festicket, Oaky, and Operto.

1 week 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 week 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 week ago

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

A lack of cockpit crew has been a factor in Emirates' moves to trim its number of flights. But the carrier may have a fix. A new memo shows that the Dubai giant has pinpointed 500 suitable applicants from airlines experiencing financial trouble.

1 week 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?

2 weeks ago

Trivago Courts Booking’s Wrath in Move to Boost Repeat Customers

Trivago Courts Booking’s Wrath in Move to Boost Repeat Customers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Uh-oh. Trivago changed its user interface again. Last time it did this, it referred fewer customers to some advertisers and prompted Booking Holdings to pull back from advertising on it. Trivago is betting that Booking won't retaliate for this new effort. Daring!

2 weeks ago

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Understandably, Expedia and Booking are both trying to spin this in their favor as much as possible but it seems like a big win for the UK's competition regulator. We'll have to keep an eye on how much it really changes things and whether other countries follow up.

2 weeks ago