Articles tagged “booking.com”

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.

3 days 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.

5 days 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

Video: Booking CMO Says Brand Marketing Has Limits

Video: Booking CMO Says Brand Marketing Has Limits

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TV ads can be the hippest type of marketing. But the personal brand of Booking.com's chief marketing officer Pepijn Rijvers is tied up in a data-first approach that instead emphasizes paid ads in search engines.

4 weeks ago

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Online travel agencies remain essential to the travel industry as consolidators of, and clearinghouses for, advertising dollars throughout the space. We do not see OTAs being removed from this position easily, but challenges are growing by the day.

1 month ago

Booking CEO Gillian Tans Gets a Ctrip Board Seat

Booking CEO Gillian Tans Gets a Ctrip Board Seat

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel's two most influential female executives, Ctrip's Jane Jie Sun and Booking.com's Gillian Tans, will now deliberate around the table together at Ctrip board meetings. Ctrip felt the need to announce that the two companies are strengthening their ties after Booking's 2017 investment in Ctrip rival and IPO-bound Meituan-Dianping.

1 month ago

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While Airbnb has been brashly adding independent hotels, HomeAway has been quietly doing the same — although it has been using an entirely different business model given its ties to parent Expedia. Curation may have its place, but all of these companies realize that the more inventory and choice they give consumers, the more likely they are to spend on a stay.

2 months ago

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer is ordinarily far from being the most-compensated CEO in online travel. This year represented an unusual payout for him. But Skift's annual survey reveals that most online travel CEOs are often more handsomely compensated than what the top bosses in other industries receive, on average.

2 months ago

The 5 Big Themes Driving Travel in 2018: Lessons From Skift Forum Europe

The 5 Big Themes Driving Travel in 2018: Lessons From Skift Forum Europe

Dennis Schaal, Deanna Ting and Patrick Whyte, Skift

There is no set formula on how to do it, but it's clear that the most progressive companies in travel are intent on reinventing their businesses, and value propositions. On the other hand, certain things that still work, like customer service and personalized hospitality, will survive the cut.

3 months ago

Booking.com CMO: FareHarbor Was a Smarter Buy Than GetYourGuide

Booking.com CMO: FareHarbor Was a Smarter Buy Than GetYourGuide

Dan Peltier, Skift

Whether the price tag on GetYourGuide was too much for Booking to admit, the tours and activities platform is likely still viewed as a viable buy for someone but that notion won't do much to calm GetYourGuide's nerves in the meantime.

3 months ago