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Disney Drops $52 Billion to Buy Bulk of Fox Entertainment Empire

Disney Drops $52 Billion to Buy Bulk of Fox Entertainment Empire

Anousha Sakoui , Bloomberg

While this deal is all about the entertainment assets, it will have a meaningful impact on theme parks because Disney gets a whole new universe of intellectual property and characters to work with. CEO Bob Iger — who knows his way around major acquisitions and theme park integrations — is now sticking around until 2021 to see this one through.

4 months ago

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Regionally focused online travel success stories are as rare as rhinos in the wild these days. But this merger of two South African players may help an endangered species — independent-booking players — keep thriving in a market where so much is dominated by the global duopoly, the Priceline Group and Expedia.

5 months ago

Sojern Buys Ad-Tech Firm Adphorus to Better Compete on Facebook

Sojern Buys Ad-Tech Firm Adphorus to Better Compete on Facebook

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Advertising on Facebook is an expanding strategic opportunity for travel brands. That's why travel marketing-tech startup Sojern is nabbing Adphorus, a travel specialist ad tech company in Turkey, as a bridgehead for growth.

5 months ago

Airbnb Buys Accessible Travel Business Accomable in Its Latest Move

Airbnb Buys Accessible Travel Business Accomable in Its Latest Move

Deanna Ting, Skift

We hope this acquisition results in real changes to the Airbnb platform to not only reduce discrimination against travelers with disabilities, but also to verify details about accessible listings and make them much clearer.

5 months ago

Skyscanner Buys Social-Review Site Twizoo in Escalating Content Drive

Skyscanner Buys Social-Review Site Twizoo in Escalating Content Drive

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Two deals in the space of a week show how serious Skyscanner is about improving the content it offers to customers. The days of it being a pure price-comparison site are definitely over.

5 months ago

Ctrip Buys Trip.com for Skyscanner to Enhance Local Recommendations

Ctrip Buys Trip.com for Skyscanner to Enhance Local Recommendations

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip-backed Skyscanner will tap in-destination content from social reviews company Trip.com. But is the acquiring company's true plan to further mobile engagement? Or is it to nab a domain name that may be appeal more to Americans than Ctrip.com -- or Alibaba's Fliggy?

6 months ago

Leading Companies in Tours and Activities Emerge But There Is Still a Vast Sprawl of Competitors Below

Leading Companies in Tours and Activities Emerge But There Is Still a Vast Sprawl of Competitors Below

Sean O'Neill, Skift

There is still a ton of consolidation to come in tours and activities as smaller consumer and tech companies, in particular, will get bought up or fade into the waiting arms of the usual suspects, which will pick up some of the pieces.

6 months ago

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This acqui-hire of Tel Aviv chatbot start-up Evature underlines the intense interest travel companies now have in natural-language search by text or voice -- and for the technical talent that can make the magic happen.

7 months ago

TripAdvisor May Have Signaled Merger Readiness With Severance Package Changes

TripAdvisor May Have Signaled Merger Readiness With Severance Package Changes

Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

The changes to golden parachute packages for TripAdvisor executives don't mean that some company is ready to swoop in tomorrow and acquire TripAdvisor — although we are not ruling it out, either. Still, the language changes sweeten the pot for management and perhaps incentivize such an outcome, according to the story.

8 months ago

Kayak Acquires Assets of Struggling Brazilian Metasearch Company Mundi

Kayak Acquires Assets of Struggling Brazilian Metasearch Company Mundi

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Skyscanner had been sniffing around Brazil's homegrown metasearch leader Mundi and checking its books. Kayak appears to have swooped in to shore up market share.

9 months ago

Webjet Is Buying JacTravel as Wholesaler Consolidation Intensifies

Webjet Is Buying JacTravel as Wholesaler Consolidation Intensifies

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In a short period, the number of companies at the top of the business-to-business travel market has shrunk dramatically. The deal continues Webjet's transition from a regionally focused consumer travel company to a global travel business; other acquisitions will follow.

9 months ago

Wyndham Buys AmericInn Hotel Chain for $170 Million

Wyndham Buys AmericInn Hotel Chain for $170 Million

Deanna Ting, Skift

Wyndham's version of a great American idea? Buying AmericInn. (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.)

9 months ago