Online Travel News

These articles delve into the latest trends, technologies, and strategies that are shaping the online booking landscape, ensuring that industry insiders stay informed and prepared for change. These stories cover essential topics such as the development of innovative booking platforms, the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in personalizing travel options, and the impact of mobile technology on customer behavior. Additionally, the news stories highlight the growing importance of user-generated content and reviews in shaping consumer decisions, and the role of social media in the online travel booking ecosystem. Skift’s stories examine the competitive landscape and offer insights into the successes and challenges faced by major online travel agencies (OTAs), startups, and traditional travel companies transitioning to the digital space.

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Cleartrip Is Winning More Travel Agents for Its Agency Business – India Report

Cleartrip's agency business is recording fast growth, a sign of its growing stake in the online travel sector in India.

Cleartrip Is Winning More Travel Agents for Its Agency Business – India Report

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Ryanair Is a Missing Piece in eDreams Odigeo’s Subscription Business

eDreams Odigeo's Prime subscription plan seems to be growing at a strong pace despite not offering Europe's largest airline. Could Ryanair and eDreams come to terms? Never say never.

Ryanair Is a Missing Piece in eDreams Odigeo’s Subscription Business

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MakeMyTrip to Promote ‘Goa Beyond Beaches’ – India Report

Goa has long been known for its beaches. But the state also offers a vibrant culture.

MakeMyTrip to Promote ‘Goa Beyond Beaches’ – India Report

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Expedia to Lay Off 1,500 – Nearly 9% of Workforce

Now that Expedia Group completed its move of Hotels.com and Vrbo onto the Expedia.com tech platform, it saw the opportunity to make further workforce cuts.

Expedia to Lay Off 1,500 – Nearly 9% of Workforce

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Tripadvisor Isn’t as Dependent on Its 2 Biggest Advertisers Anymore

As Tripadvisor's decade-old bet on Viator is paying off, Tripadvisor has become less reliant on advertising from Expedia and Booking.com.

Tripadvisor Isn’t as Dependent on Its 2 Biggest Advertisers Anymore

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Booking.com Hit With $530 Million Fine From Spanish Regulators

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said the company would appeal the Spanish competition authority's $530 million draft decision if it becomes permanent.

Booking.com Hit With $530 Million Fine From Spanish Regulators

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Latin America’s Despegar Opens Travel Agencies to Get Travelers to Book Online

If you work for an online travel agency and suggested it open brick-and-mortar stores to bring customers online, you would get very quizzical looks, at the least. Let's see if it works in Argentina and Brazil for Despegar/Decolar.

Latin America’s Despegar Opens Travel Agencies to Get Travelers to Book Online

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Expedia Pulls Vrbo Ad in Canada After Backlash

Expedia/Vrbo removed the offending ad in Canada to put out a fire. But if the ad was disparaging to locals, why continue to air it globally?

Expedia Pulls Vrbo Ad in Canada After Backlash

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Tripadvisor Expects First Profits for Viator and TheFork As Potential Sale Looms

A potential buyer could decide to break up Tripadvisor's parts, including Viator, TheFork, and metasearch, under the theory that the parts are worth more than the whole.

Tripadvisor Expects First Profits for Viator and TheFork As Potential Sale Looms

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Airbnb and AI: Brian Chesky Sees New Verticals — Like Amazon and Apple

No, Brian Chesky isn't necessarily talking about launching flights on Airbnb when he refers to becoming a "cross-vertical company." Google Flights, relax.

Airbnb and AI: Brian Chesky Sees New Verticals — Like Amazon and Apple