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Booking and Expedia Super Bowl Ads Will Be an Online Travel Sideshow

Will Booking.com, Expedia.com or Vrbo create Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about in the days after the Big Game? We haven't seen them yet, but so far it sounds as if they are trotting out very predictable and familiar themes.

Booking and Expedia Super Bowl Ads Will Be an Online Travel Sideshow

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Podcast: Kayak CEO Steve Hafner on Navigating Uncertainty

Listen now to a conversation with Kayak CEO Steve Hafner at Skift Travel Megatrends event on January 19, 2022 in New York City.

Podcast: Kayak CEO Steve Hafner on Navigating Uncertainty

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Airbnb’s Newest Influencer Is …. CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb has been a savvy public relations practitioner throughout the years, and the volume of press releases the company churns out annually is legion. Brian Chesky's yearlong digital nomad stint aligns with the company's brand narrative and marketing strategy.

Airbnb’s Newest Influencer Is …. CEO Brian Chesky

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Podcast: Google Travel Exec on Sustainability and Search

Listen now to a conversation with Google Travel Managing Director Richard Holden at Skift Global Forum in September 2021 in New York City.

Podcast: Google Travel Exec on Sustainability and Search
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Design the Future Video: Why Seamless Payments Are Critical to the Future of Travel

In this video conversation from Skift’s recent Design the Future event, we hear from Colin Smyth, vice president and general manager, travel, Flywire, about how the travel business can build trust and brand loyalty by implementing better payment systems — allowing them to focus on what they do best.

Design the Future Video: Why Seamless Payments Are Critical to the Future of Travel

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Daily Podcast: Overvalued Online Travel IPOs

Good morning from Skift. It’s Wednesday, January 12, in New York City. Here’s what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Overvalued Online Travel IPOs

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Letting the Air Out of Online Travel’s IPO Bloat

Stock markets, at their best, can be hype killers, and public investors shot down many inflated private company valuations in 2021. This may be a sobering development for IPO and SPAC wannabes in 2022.

Letting the Air Out of Online Travel’s IPO Bloat

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New Online Travel Transparency Is Being Tested in Ecuador

After Covid put the travel industry under a microscope, Ecuador aims to define who’s who in the agencies segment, create a clearer environment for online sales, avoid embezzlements and improve the quality of professionals.

New Online Travel Transparency Is Being Tested in Ecuador

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Google Maps Tops in 2021 as Most-Downloaded Travel App

No big surprises on Google Maps, but Booking.com outpaced rival Airbnb in downloads in the online travel agency category globally by nearly 20 million in 2021. That's not a game-changer, but it's important if Booking is going to eat into Airbnb's daunting direct-booking advantage.

Google Maps Tops in 2021 as Most-Downloaded Travel App

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Barbados’ Foray Into Online Booking and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Barbados creates its own online travel booking platform, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky takes suggestions from Twitter followers about what the company should launch, and 2022 will likely see a large number of major deals in the hotel industry.

Barbados’ Foray Into Online Booking and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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Barbados Builds Its Own Online Travel Booking Platform to Be a Game Changer

This is what action looks like, if Caribbean tourism is to build back better. Investment in technology, a solid private-public relationship, and homegrown talent driving the framework and the narrative.

Barbados Builds Its Own Online Travel Booking Platform to Be a Game Changer

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Online Travel Faces Lots of Unfinished Business in 2022

Several travel-oriented, special purpose acquisition companies are out there that have not announced merger partners. A SPAC glut and the lackluster performance of several online travel or short-term rental companies that recently went public could have some of the hunters coming up empty.

Online Travel Faces Lots of Unfinished Business in 2022