Articles tagged “booking.com”

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.

1 week ago

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans sounds like a typical corporate boss, opposing additional taxation as anti-business. The proposed EU tax on revenue would amount to double taxation, and that's seldom a good thing.

3 weeks ago

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Surprising factors have delayed the coronation of MakeMyTrip Group as India's queen of domestic online travel. Paytm came out of nowhere to grab share, Oyo upended budget hotel distribution, Ixigo tried to make price comparison chic, and Booking.com outmaneuvered Expedia for premium hotel bookings. From this scrappy mix, online travel will find new lessons.

1 month ago

Best Travel Writing of the Year: Our Favorite Stories from 2018

Best Travel Writing of the Year: Our Favorite Stories from 2018

Tom Lowry, Skift

Find out how Skift picks, creates, and polishes its stories with our team's own greatest hits list. Here's hoping you enjoy reading these stories as much as we liked reporting and writing them.

2 months ago

Booking Holdings Faces a Hotel Chain Challenge in U.S. Competition With Expedia

Booking Holdings Faces a Hotel Chain Challenge in U.S. Competition With Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com has been making strides in the U.S. market for several years, but the challenges are formidable. Expedia is outspending Booking.com on U.S. TV, and then there is Airbnb to throw into the equation.

2 months ago

Google Is Filling In the Missing Pieces With Mobile Flight-Delay Notifications

Google Is Filling In the Missing Pieces With Mobile Flight-Delay Notifications

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google Assistant will soon start sending flight-delay notifications on mobile, and informing travelers about the reasons behind the disruption to their itineraries. This could be a really great service, and Google will do it at scale. Rest assured that an automated flight-rebooking service won't be too far behind.

2 months ago

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is taking its sweet time to implement a flights-to-attractions travel offering. Some would say the pace is Google-like in its slowness. But behind the scenes, data reigns supreme, and dictates whether a product is scrapped, implemented with a twist, or then reshaped anew. Refill the popcorn. This will take a while.

3 months ago

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Would Airbnb and Uber, for example, be truly better off as public companies? It's unclear because they both have access to tons of money already. But they would both certainly be better equipped to spin their own narratives.

3 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.

3 months ago

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com wants to service professional managers while going after individual vacation rental owners, too. Airbnb wants to tap into the professional-manager set while branching out into resort areas, and HomeAway wants to get more urban. These companies' offerings will converge, and it's likely their business models will, too.

4 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.

4 months ago

Expedia CEO: Mergers and Acquisitions Are Always on the Table

Expedia CEO: Mergers and Acquisitions Are Always on the Table

Dennis Schaal, Skift

An Expedia acquisition of Thomas Cook? While problematic on many fronts, including buying all of those offline agents, it isn't out of the question. Consider that Expedia would gain access to a customer base in Europe that it hardly touches. Expedia's Barry Diller has made a ton of acquisitions. He and Okerstrom are hardly done yet.

4 months ago