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Red Lion to Buy Vantage Hospitality for $27 Million

Red Lion to Buy Vantage Hospitality for $27 Million

Deanna Ting, Skift

Red Lion has been making some bold moves as of late, including its arguably controversial partnership with Expedia. As the company scales up with this acquisition, it'll be interesting to see how Red Lion expands or deepens its partnership with other online travel agencies.

3 months ago

Concur Buys Hipmunk to Bring Consumer Tools to Its Business Travelers

Concur Buys Hipmunk to Bring Consumer Tools to Its Business Travelers

Dennis Schaal and Jason Clampet, Skift

Six years after brashly boasting about how it would disrupt travel search, Hipmunk, which had to compete against larger players with more ample war chests, is exiting into the business travel portfolio of Concur. Hipmunk's turn toward business travel may make it more of a business-to-business play than its current consumer incarnation. As Concur's TripIt example shows, it remains to be seen how innovative Hipmunk can be given larger corporate priorities within SAP/Concur.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.

4 months ago

China Mergers Mean Ride-Sharing and Travel Discounting May Dwindle

China Mergers Mean Ride-Sharing and Travel Discounting May Dwindle

David Ramli and Christina Larson, Bloomberg

A wave of consolidation in China, with Didi Chuxing acquiring Uber's China operations, and Ctrip taking control of rivals Qunar and eLong, means that the era of insane levels of discounting is coming to a close.

4 months ago

Vail to Buy Whistler Blackcomb in Ski Resort Merger for $1.05 Billion

Vail to Buy Whistler Blackcomb in Ski Resort Merger for $1.05 Billion

Prashant Gopal and Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg

Bigger is better in hospitality whether considering ski resorts or household-name big brands. Vail's cash infusion will help Whistler Blackcomb diversify as global warming impacts the Canadian resort company's operations.

4 months ago

Anbang Denies It’s Trying to Buy InterContinental Hotels Group

Anbang Denies It’s Trying to Buy InterContinental Hotels Group

Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg

It's clear that Anbang wants to buy something. Whether or not it ultimately has the power to turn that desire into reality is another matter entirely.

4 months ago

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Breaking up is hard to do but when it comes to mergers, the stakes can be very high and the challenges acutely complex. It's really hard to find someone who will argue that Expedia's acquisition spree will be its undoing but success will take focus and certainly isn't guaranteed.

4 months ago

Uber Sells China Business to Rival Didi

Uber Sells China Business to Rival Didi

Joe McDonald, Associated Press

The hemorrhaging of money will now stop, but can Uber be the most valuable unicorn in the world if it's conceding in China?

4 months ago

Buying TripAdvisor: Would Antitrust Issues Kill a Priceline or Google Acquisition?

Buying TripAdvisor: Would Antitrust Issues Kill a Priceline or Google Acquisition?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While one U.S. administration is getting ready to pack up things in the White House and Trump or Clinton hope to redecorate the place on their own, it could be an opportune time to sneak a Priceline-TripAdvisor or Google-TripAdvisor marriage past those sometimes-pesky antitrust regulators.

5 months ago

TrustYou Acquires Hotel-Messaging Platform CheckMate

TrustYou Acquires Hotel-Messaging Platform CheckMate

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We don't know the terms of the transaction. Still, messaging, mobile and review analytics all make for a nice concoction and the two companies will likely be better for the mixture.

5 months ago

TripAdvisor Is a Smart Acquisition for Someone Right Now

TripAdvisor Is a Smart Acquisition for Someone Right Now

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Buying TripAdvisor would be a very large -- albeit relatively cheap -- acquisition given its current stock price. One very significant impediment, especially for Priceline, is the fact that Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, which has historic ties to Barry Diller's Expedia, controls TripAdvisor. Still, for the right price, Liberty would have to consider a sale of its prized asset as TripAdvisor goes through a very challenging and prolonged transition.

6 months ago

Oral History of Online Travel: Barry Diller’s Deals Built A Travel Empire

Oral History of Online Travel: Barry Diller’s Deals Built A Travel Empire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Barry Diller, the senior executive at both IAC and Expedia, doesn't need any more plaques on his mansions' walls but he is one of the people who had oversized influence in making online travel what it is today. He had a great eye for how e-commerce would emerge and he pulled the trigger on his great acquisitions.

6 months ago