Three of the named entities involved in the takeover bid for Starwood don't have much experience in the hotel business, but that won't keep them from buying Starwood.
Wander's founders were smart enough to pivot away from their travel site once they realized they knew little about the market.
Acquisitions give the global hotel group the opportunity to add brands outside of its expertise, like European budget chain Moxy, and is a smart road to international growth.
Mobile booking is the way of the future and mobile-only startups with clean designs and fast-moving teams will soon find homes at online booking behemoths that know they need to be on travelers' smartphones in order to survive moving forward.
Expedia’s European investment could have been predicted as soon as Priceline scooped up Kayak, and the travel company will now continue to cluster more brands under its umbrella as it builds out its inventory and global reach.
Africa is full of near-bankrupt and poorly managed state airlines, making acquisitions a quick and cost efficient way for upstarts like FastJet to build its fleet and expand routes early on.
Avianca is the top contender to take the airline off the hands of debt-ridden Portugal and in doing so would access TAP’s 46 European routes to boost passenger volume for Avianca Brazil.
Priceline is buying a much smaller, younger travel tech company in Kayak, but one that has earned a lot of fans for its innovation.