Articles tagged “agoda”

Online Travel

Booking.com’s Stagnant Mix of Short-Term Rental Stays Is a Not Necessarily Bad Thing

Booking.com and Airbnb are tough to compare. Although Booking.com officials would admit it has a lot to improve in short-term rentals, the company is playing its hotel hand to an advantage.

Booking.com’s Stagnant Mix of Short-Term Rental Stays Is a Not Necessarily Bad Thing

Online Travel

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features

Airbnb needs to provide more information to guests about hosts, and making them more searchable would be an improvement. The fear, though, is that such information would make it easier for guests to book directly with hosts and bypass Airbnb.

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features

Online Travel

What Agoda’s New Tech-Heavy CEO Will Mean for the Booking Holdings Business

Agoda's new CEO appointment highlights the need for online travel agencies to be continually reinventing experiences from a technology point of view. If only the company would now balance it out by bringing in someone who understands the hoteliers’ perspective.

What Agoda’s New Tech-Heavy CEO Will Mean for the Booking Holdings Business

Hotels

Indonesia’s Hospitality Growth Driven by Easing of Restrictions

The confidence of the hospitality sector in Indonesia seems to be getting stronger as the archipelago relaxes arrival restrictions. As hotly anticipated properties now announce opening dates, Indonesia is clearly emerging as a key market in Southeast Asia's hospitality ecosystem.

Indonesia’s Hospitality Growth Driven by Easing of Restrictions

Online Travel

Online Travel’s Localization Quandary

Traveloka knows how to go local in Indonesia and some other countries in the region, and that's one element of its traction in these markets. But can local ever be too local when online travel agencies mull international expansion?

Online Travel’s Localization Quandary

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Plus’ New Text Service Lacks the Human Touch

Tripadvisor's travel-planning help by text for Tripadvisor Plus subscribers plays to the company's strengths — user reviews and a global roster of hotels, restaurants and things to do listings. It really can't compete, though, with a real travel agent who has visited the destination and knows the hotel general manager personally.

Tripadvisor Plus’ New Text Service Lacks the Human Touch

Online Travel

Travel and Fintech Are Colliding in New, Exciting Ways

Fintech is trending, and likewise for superapps in certain parts of the world. Getting into travel is too delicious to resist, but the world is not ending for incumbent travel competitors.

Travel and Fintech Are Colliding in New, Exciting Ways

Online Travel

Booking Holdings Expands Loyalty Program to Priceline, Kayak and Agoda

At a time when some big hotel brands seek to increase average daily rates, Booking Holdings' expansion of its Genius loyalty and discounting program could hurt that effort. Some individual properties, hungry for increased exposure as they compete with vacation rentals and other hotels, will welcome the move.

Booking Holdings Expands Loyalty Program to Priceline, Kayak and Agoda

Online Travel

Booking Holdings Sees a Surge in Flight Bookings as It Plays Catch-Up With Expedia

For years, industry analysts would muse: When is Booking.com going to launch flights? Well, now that business is showing strength, albeit from a small base. Seen as strategic, that airline ticket business comes at a price — lower profit margins.

Booking Holdings Sees a Surge in Flight Bookings as It Plays Catch-Up With Expedia

Tourism

Europe to Open to Vaccinated U.S. Vacationers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top travel stories this week, we covered Europe's opening to vaccinated U.S. travelers, luxury travel's recovery, Amtrak in the limelight, and American Airlines demothballing jets.

Europe to Open to Vaccinated U.S. Vacationers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week