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Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows

Both of Barry Diller's companies, IAC and Expedia, are now invested in a travel recovery, which he thinks will arrive in only a matter of time. Count Diller on the side of those who believe the new normal will resemble its former self more than many people imagine.

Barry Diller Shares Pandemic Highs and Lows

Mergers and Acquisitions

Tripadvisor Is a Media Business So Why Did It Unload These 8 Brands?

While other online travel companies, such as Expedia Group, pursued robust media businesses over the years, Tripadvisor neglected it. In turn, it's now trying to make good on an unrealized opportunity. Shedding non-core assets could help with the focus.

Tripadvisor Is a Media Business So Why Did It Unload These 8 Brands?

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Trip.com Group’s Acquisition of Travix Hints at Appeal of Smaller Travel Agencies

Smaller online travel agencies try to make money by grabbing nickels and eurocent coins ahead of the steamrollers of global advertising behemoths. The underreported story of why China's largest travel company acquired a tiny Dutch travel group highlights the phenomenon.

Trip.com Group’s Acquisition of Travix Hints at Appeal of Smaller Travel Agencies

Hotels

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Some might consider it ironic that there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of Expedia Group shedding assets, but Tripadvisor is the one actively trying to sell its vacation rental businesses. There has been speculation for some time that Tripadvisor would make such a move — and now it's actually happening.

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Mergers and Acquisitions

Hipmunk Co-Founders Spurned by SAP Concur in Attempt to Buy Back the Company

It isn't very unusual for a company like Hipmunk to get acquired and then to fade into oblivion in the clutches of a much larger corporation. That's the way it goes in the heartless mergers-and-acquisitions game.

Hipmunk Co-Founders Spurned by SAP Concur in Attempt to Buy Back the Company

Mergers and Acquisitions

TripAdvisor and Ctrip Enter Into Chinese Joint Venture and Global Licensing Agreement

The TripAdvisor-Trip.com Group deal is both a shocker and a non-shocker. When Ctrip decided to change the parent company name to Trip.com Group, you could see a certain affinity with the TripAdvisor brand. On the other hand, Booking Holdings has been Ctrip's longtime best friend in China.

TripAdvisor and Ctrip Enter Into Chinese Joint Venture and Global Licensing Agreement

Mergers and Acquisitions

Omio Buys Rival Rome2Rio in Mashup of Door-to-Door Booking Sites

If search for travel looking for door-to door trip options was a massive potential market, then Expedia, Booking Holdings, Ctrip, or Google would have already snapped up these companies, which have been laboring around that premise for years. This stuff is hard to execute, as the relatively modest exit seems to show.

Omio Buys Rival Rome2Rio in Mashup of Door-to-Door Booking Sites

Hotels

Oyo Turns to Danamica for Artificial Intelligence Firepower for Vacation Rentals

Oyo is more than just a budget hotel operator these days. Investments into its vacation home rental business are proof of that.

Oyo Turns to Danamica for Artificial Intelligence Firepower for Vacation Rentals

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Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Expedia Group doesn't intend to hoard piles of cash for a rainy day. The company purports to favor share repurchases over acquisitions, all things being equal, but if a rainmaker of a deal comes along, then Expedia may pounce.

Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Hotels

Best Western’s Newest Acquisition Points to Long-Term Reservations Strategy

Property management systems are not the most exciting topic to discuss when assessing a hotel's tech prowess, but they are core to any company's ability to sell as many rooms as possible.

Best Western’s Newest Acquisition Points to Long-Term Reservations Strategy