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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.

Online Travel

The Expedia CEO Transition: The Challenges Facing the New Boss

No one ever said revamping the nuts, bolts and servers of a sprawling Expedia Group would be easy. How 2024 plays out will say a lot about whether all that toil was worth it.

The Expedia CEO Transition: The Challenges Facing the New Boss

Online Travel

MakeMyTrip Is Bringing Back Experiences. Plus: CEO on Latest Spending Patterns

The CEO of India's largest travel agency weighs in on what he's seeing with religious tourism, new tax-collection rules and the country's short booking windows.

MakeMyTrip Is Bringing Back Experiences. Plus: CEO on Latest Spending Patterns
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Google Search Claims Another Victim: Tripadvisor Lowers Outlook

Google has made frequent changes to its search results pages over the years, and Tripadvisor has often suffered as Google has its own competing businesses. Recent changes appear to have hit Tripadvisor particularly hard.

Google Search Claims Another Victim: Tripadvisor Lowers Outlook

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Rules Out a Merger for Now

Tripadvisor apparently got an offer it was easy to refuse.

Tripadvisor Rules Out a Merger for Now

Airlines

Riyadh Air to Sell Package Holidays to and From Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Air is expected to play a key role in driving tourism to and from Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh Air to Sell Package Holidays to and From Saudi Arabia

Online Travel

Expedia Backtracks on Outage Cause: ‘Software Issue’ Took Down Global Operations

Expedia provided a different explanation as to the cause of its global outages after we presented the company with a different account.

Expedia Backtracks on Outage Cause: ‘Software Issue’ Took Down Global Operations

Online Travel

TBO Tek’s IPO Is Coming: What We Know About Its Business

In contrast to some travel companies that adopted a cautious 'wait and watch' stance, hesitating to launch an IPO amid the uncertain landscape of the travel industry, TBO stood out for its proactive approach. Rather than biding its time, TBO swiftly made the decision to launch its IPO.

TBO Tek’s IPO Is Coming: What We Know About Its Business

Online Travel

Expedia Group Brands Back Online After Widespread Outages, Blames Maintenance Issues

Expedia Group websites from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico, India and Dubai were experiencing outages.

Expedia Group Brands Back Online After Widespread Outages, Blames Maintenance Issues

Online Travel

Booking Holdings Sees Modest ‘Connected Trip’ Gains – But It’s Likely Still Years Away

There's a newish metric for Booking.com, namely "connected transactions." Given the state of competition and other obstacles, the so-called connected trip is light years away.

Booking Holdings Sees Modest ‘Connected Trip’ Gains – But It’s Likely Still Years Away

Online Travel

Expedia Bosses Say Vrbo Will Drag 2024 Growth

Incoming CEO Ariane Gorin said she plans to focus on driving traffic, lifting conversion rates, and expanding margins after taking the helm from departing chief Peter Kern on May 13.

Expedia Bosses Say Vrbo Will Drag 2024 Growth