Articles tagged “agoda”

Trivago Could Kill Controversial Ad Feature That Caused Its Fortunes to Plummet

Trivago Could Kill Controversial Ad Feature That Caused Its Fortunes to Plummet

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Trivago is trying to make peace with its largest advertisers, especially the biggest, Booking Holdings. These peace overtures seem to be working for now, but metasearch and advertising can be very fickle things.

2 months ago

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hello, modern world of corporate travel and expense management, where words such as “compliance” are unfriendly and strange. Hello as well to Western investors — such as Silicon Valley's Accel — that are starting to find the Asian market irresistible.

2 months ago

Agoda Dubbed ‘Hotel California’ in Asia as Hotel Suppliers Say They Can Never Leave

Agoda Dubbed ‘Hotel California’ in Asia as Hotel Suppliers Say They Can Never Leave

Raini Hamdi, Skift

There appears to be a growing chorus of voices saying they are not able to completely delist themselves from Agoda, which begs the question why they want to do so in the first place.

2 months ago

WebBeds, Agoda Rush to Serve New Generation of Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi

WebBeds, Agoda Rush to Serve New Generation of Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Saudi Arabia is expanding its infrastructure to support 15 million Umrah visitors a year by 2020, and 30 million by 2030. WebBeds and Agoda are two major Asian players that are jostling for position in the promising niche.

3 months ago

Agoda CEO: Online Travel Is Becoming Like the Game of Thrones

Agoda CEO: Online Travel Is Becoming Like the Game of Thrones

Tom Lowry, Skift

Agoda has been an online travel leader in Asia for more than a decade. CEO John Brown doesn't doubt that it will stay the same, but the new competition sure indicates winter is coming.

4 months ago

Skift Forum Asia: Agoda’s CEO Touts Homesharing for That Competitive Edge

Skift Forum Asia: Agoda’s CEO Touts Homesharing for That Competitive Edge

Dennis Schaal and Danni Santana, Skift

The Singapore-based online travel agency is focused on expanding outside of Asia through the marketing of non-hotel accommodations on its site. This strategy could work well as homesharing continues to grow in popularity.

4 months ago

Grab Enters Travel Booking With Hotels Now and Flights Next

Grab Enters Travel Booking With Hotels Now and Flights Next

Raini Hamdi, Skift

In the face of a fast-growing and innovative rival, Grab’s foray into travel, starting with hotels, could give it an edge over archrival Go-Jek, which does not do travel — yet.

5 months ago

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Understandably, Expedia and Booking are both trying to spin this in their favor as much as possible but it seems like a big win for the UK's competition regulator. We'll have to keep an eye on how much it really changes things and whether other countries follow up.

7 months ago

Booking Holdings Makes Major Pivot Toward Prepaid Hotel Bookings

Booking Holdings Makes Major Pivot Toward Prepaid Hotel Bookings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's back to the future for Booking Holdings, which is pivoting to emphasize the prepaid hotel model that its Booking.com unit basically spurned for most of its history. This means better cash flow because consumers pay when they book, and higher commissions.

11 months ago

Booking Holdings Invests $200 Million in Grab as Ridehailing Becomes More Strategic

Booking Holdings Invests $200 Million in Grab as Ridehailing Becomes More Strategic

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's becoming increasingly clear that online travel players will try to leverage the heck out of connections between food delivery, ridehailing, and booking hotels. Uber and Lyft will undoubtedly become a bigger part of the action, as well.

11 months ago

Booking Holdings’ Agoda Takes a Distinctive Approach on Short-Term Rentals

12 months ago

New Agoda CEO Prioritizes Challenging Airbnb for Rentals in Asia

New Agoda CEO Prioritizes Challenging Airbnb for Rentals in Asia

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Agoda has been a quiet giant steadily growing stronger. This year it has begun to throw its weight around more publicly. Airbnb and others need to be on guard.

1 year ago