Articles tagged “alternative accommodations”

Expedia Is Growing Alternative Accommodations Faster But Booking Isn’t Slowing Down

Expedia Is Growing Alternative Accommodations Faster But Booking Isn’t Slowing Down

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Booking sites are offering more types of travel products and services on their platforms. Of these verticals, alternative accommodations are a highly contested space where Booking and Airbnb lead for now.

1 month ago

The Biggest Inventory Challenges for Online Booking Sites: Latest from Skift Research

The Biggest Inventory Challenges for Online Booking Sites: Latest from Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Many online travel agencies are no longer specialists in one product, instead aiming to become one-stop shops. The platform that a booking site can offer is a key part of its competitive moat and the contours of supply at Booking Holding and Expedia vary widely from each other.

2 months ago

Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In some ways, Trivago and TripAdvisor find themselves in similar situations, although TripAdvisor has more upside because of its global brand awareness and the breadth of its offerings. But both need time to play the long game. In Trivago's case, it is now seeing alternative accommodations as a potential life line.

4 months ago

Not Just for Hotels — Booking Holdings Has a Direct Strategy of Its Own

Not Just for Hotels — Booking Holdings Has a Direct Strategy of Its Own

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With less fanfare than hotels, but with a ton of TV spend, Booking Holdings is intent on increasing its share of direct bookings. Anything that gets in its way, including metasearch sites that go out of favor, will be collateral damage.

5 months ago

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Beyond all the financial razzmatazz, TripAdvisor's core hotel business is still under pressure while the much smaller experiences and restaurant businesses are growing nicely — although not profitably at this point. If TripAdvisor can hang on while these non-core businesses mature, then its outlook would be much brighter.

5 months ago

Vacation Rental Search Site Tripping Lays Off 15 Employees and Restructures

Vacation Rental Search Site Tripping Lays Off 15 Employees and Restructures

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Metasearch is hard, and comparison-shopping for vacation rentals and apartment shares is even harder. Tripping and others are having a hard time building their brands in the face of competition from larger players with more ample resources.

5 months ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Booking CMO Adds Apartments to Complex Marketing Mix

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Booking CMO Adds Apartments to Complex Marketing Mix

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com has a test-and-learn culture, and chief marketing officer Pepijn Rijvers will be doing plenty of that over the next few years as he tries to sort out the complexities of marketing a widely diverse set of accommodation types. Ask anyone, though: It's a great problem to have.

5 months ago

Booking Holdings CEO on the Foolishness of a Short-Term Focus

Booking Holdings CEO on the Foolishness of a Short-Term Focus

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Stocks go up and stocks go down. That's one of the perils of being a public company and exposing yourself to such pressures. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel expresses a commitment to focus on the long term regardless of short-term complications. If Airbnb goes public, it would have to deal with a similar dynamic.

5 months ago

Booking Claims It Beats Airbnb With 5 Million Alternative Accommodations Listings

Booking Claims It Beats Airbnb With 5 Million Alternative Accommodations Listings

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Booking.com may be marginally ahead of Airbnb in the listings race, but for practical purposes you can call it a draw. It's game on, though, pitting Booking.com's renowned demand aggregation and marketing resources versus Airbnb's brand advantages, and the resources it would gain by doing an IPO and becoming more comprehensive.

5 months ago

Learning From Facebook’s Foibles, Airbnb China Informs Users of Its Data Sharing Practices

Learning From Facebook’s Foibles, Airbnb China Informs Users of Its Data Sharing Practices

Bloomberg

This is just par for the course when it comes to doing business in China, and it shouldn't be that surprising to users. As far back as 2016, Airbnb has had a user agreement in China that notifies users that they can and will share their information with the Chinese government.

6 months ago

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

Seth Borko, Skift Research

More consumers than ever are using vacation rentals. But as the line with hotels blurs and the industry enter a new growth phase, it faces unique challenges in delivering the hospitality guests expect. Technology will be key to providing an elevated guest experience and will help determine who sees the most success.

6 months ago

Booking Targets Urban Apartments in Vacation Rental Land Grab

Booking Targets Urban Apartments in Vacation Rental Land Grab

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com now wants to sign up all types of alternative accommodations, even short-term rental apartments that face increased regulation in many cities. CEO Glenn Fogel seems to think that the ultimate winner of the online travel game will be whoever has the most beds in the end.

6 months ago