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eDreams Odigeo Sale Attracts Private Equity Interest

eDreams Odigeo Sale Attracts Private Equity Interest

Patrick Whyte, Skift

At this stage, we're not exactly sure why eDreams Odigeo might interest Skyscanner/Ctrip. A private equity buyer would seem much more likely.

2 years ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Mergers and Acquisitions Focus on Strategic Innovation

Travel Megatrends 2018: Mergers and Acquisitions Focus on Strategic Innovation

Sean O'Neill , Skift

The smartest travel companies are beginning to buy startups that may not be central to their main businesses or help them consolidate market share, but could boost the innovation metabolism of their motherships.

2 years ago

Ctrip-Backed Chinese Booking Sites Plan Merger

Ctrip-Backed Chinese Booking Sites Plan Merger

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ctrip – with the help of some useful allies – continues to dominate China's fast-expanding travel industry. It will be interesting to see whether 2018 brings further expansion into Europe and North America.

2 years ago

Lastminute.com Group Speeds Pivot With Purchase of Germany’s Weg.de

Lastminute.com Group Speeds Pivot With Purchase of Germany’s Weg.de

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Lastminute.com Group's attempt to wean itself off low margin flight-ticket sales gets accelerated with this deal. The relatively low purchase price makes it a relatively risk-free acquisition.

2 years ago

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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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?

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago