Articles tagged “booking.com”

Travel Agents Get a Dose of the Sharing Economy Through Sabre Deal With Booking

Travel Agents Get a Dose of the Sharing Economy Through Sabre Deal With Booking

Paul Biasco, Skift

This move signals Sabre's eagerness to remain a powerhouse for travel agents in a changing landscape where alternative lodging, driven by the popularity of Airbnb, takes off. Come 2019, Sabre aims to be more of a one-stop shop for agents. Some agents applaud the move; others couldn't care less.

1 month ago

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

Booking Holdings Sacrifices Growth for Profit

Booking Holdings Sacrifices Growth for Profit

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The online travel titan faces a reality check after years of extraordinary growth. Booking Holdings forecast that third-quarter growth in its accommodation room nights booked rate would be between 6 percent and 9 percent, well below the 20 percent range typical in the past.

1 month ago

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Much of the metasearch business is beyond the control of the metasearch companies themselves because their largest advertisers can switch things up five minutes ago. Just ask Trivago, and to a lesser extent, TripAdvisor. The best they can hope to do is to diversify their advertiser base and to keep plugging away.

2 months ago

Trivago and Booking Slash U.S. TV Ad Spending

Trivago and Booking Slash U.S. TV Ad Spending

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Trivago and Booking.com have dramatically reduced their U.S. TV advertising. Trivago is doing so to try to stem losses, and Booking.com, which last year indicated it would lean into TV advertising, may be trying to tighten control of some marketing costs.

2 months ago

5 Great Summer Reads From Skift

5 Great Summer Reads From Skift

Tom Lowry, Skift

It's summer. Slow down. Take a breath. And catch up with some of Skift's best deep dives and enterprise stories so far in 2018.

2 months ago

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When mergers go awry, it isn't always merely because the acquired company was a dog. Sometimes the purchaser likewise screws the whole thing up.

2 months ago

How Booking Is Trying to Solve Travel’s Pain Points

How Booking Is Trying to Solve Travel’s Pain Points

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travel is full of discovery — sometimes not for the better. The CMO of Booking.com explains how the company is trying to ease some of those unhappy surprises.

2 months ago

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., which led to the creation of Booking.com, transformed parent company Priceline.com, and online travel history. Take a look at Priceline's fourth quarter of 2005 financial results, and you'll be able to see the journey in process.

2 months ago

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The stars were seemingly aligned when Booking.com made its move. The big U.S. players were too comfortable with their huge margins from the merchant model; Booking.com focused on independent hotels; and search engine marketing was on the rise. Still, it was the entrepreneurs and dealmakers who made it all happen.

2 months ago

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Tom Lowry, Skift

This is the oral history of Priceline's two deals, the acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., that created Booking.com, and continue to shape the course of online travel and the competitive landscape today. The twin transactions were among the greatest Internet deals of all time, and their lessons are relevant to startups and dealmakers in any industry.

3 months ago

Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law According to UK Watchdog

Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law According to UK Watchdog

Áine Quinn, Bloomberg

UK regulators contend that some booking sites are violating consumer protection laws by playing around with discounting, commissions, and hidden charges. Expedia and Booking.com will have to change their business practices or head to court.

3 months ago