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Mergers and Acquisitions

A collection of Skift’s articles covering a wide range of deals, from technology partnerships and acquisitions to those involving hotels, airlines, and booking sites. The articles provide a comprehensive resource for those interested in tracking the latest developments and trends in the rapidly evolving travel industry. Whether you’re a travel industry professional, investor, or simply a curious traveler, we hope you find this archive informative and useful. Browse our collection to stay up-to-date on the latest mergers and acquisitions in the travel industry.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Fintech Firm Buys Uplift for $100 Million

As with lots of cash and stock deals, the ultimate outcome will depend on Upgrade's eventual exit, and how that turns out. On the face of it, though, this deal looks underwhelming for Uplift.

Fintech Firm Buys Uplift for $100 Million

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Swiss Post Acquires Event Platform SpotMe

The latest event technology acquisition involves a most unusual investor, the national postal service of Switzerland. It has taken a majority stake in SpotMe, which will continue to operate independently with no changes to its product offering.

Swiss Post Acquires Event Platform SpotMe

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Cloudbeds CEO on the Travel Startup Funding and M&A Environment

Listen in for a great perspective on what it means for travel tech startups to be raising funding in this macro environment, valuations, deal structure, thinking through growth and exit options, and insights on what fellow founders should know.

Cloudbeds CEO on the Travel Startup Funding and M&A Environment

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Private Equity Firm Acquires Event Organizer Hyve for $579 Million

Another week, another major acquisition among UK-based event and trade show organizers. This deal marks a milestone in the Hyve Group's evolution through the impacts of the Covid pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine War.

Private Equity Firm Acquires Event Organizer Hyve for $579 Million

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Cvent to Be Acquired by Blackstone in $4.6 Billion Deal

The world's largest event technology company is going private again. Blackstone will soon own Cvent and is bullish on the recovery of events and travel. After an initial offer was rejected, the deal is worth approximately $4.6 billion.

Cvent to Be Acquired by Blackstone in $4.6 Billion Deal

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Convene Buys UK Conference Provider Etc.venues for Reported $250 Million

U.S.-based meeting, event and office provider Convene has bought etc.venues, which now expands its footprint in the UK. Convene said the deal, announced on Wednesday, makes it the “largest provider of premium meeting and event venues in the U.S. and UK.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to reports is worth $246…

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United Airlines Takes $10.5 Million Stake in Affiliate Mesa

United Airlines took a nearly 10 percent stake in its regional partner Mesa Air Group in a deal unveiled after markets closed. The transaction is worth an estimated $10.5 million based on the closing price of Mesa's stock of $2.61 per share on Monday. The 4.04 million shares were issued as part of a larger…

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Good and Bad M&A, According to Booking’s CEO

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Booking CEO’s M&A philosophy, Zoom burnout, and a hotel brand bonanza.

Good and Bad M&A, According to Booking’s CEO

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Booking CEO Fogel on Why Making No Deal Is Better Than the Wrong Acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions are sexy for shareholders, analysts and the press. Booking CEO Fogel knows, though, that sometimes the best decision is not overpaying and walking away from that shiny object.

Booking CEO Fogel on Why Making No Deal Is Better Than the Wrong Acquisition

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How Did All Those Travel SPACs End Up Doing?

You win some, you lose some. As quickly as SPACs soared on the hype, they lost much of their luster just as quickly on Wall Street. Travel SPACs were definitely no exception. Take a look at the numbers.

How Did All Those Travel SPACs End Up Doing?