Articles tagged “booking”

Expedia CEO to Airbnb and Booking: Not So Fast

Expedia CEO to Airbnb and Booking: Not So Fast

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

HomeAway, like Airbnb, has started courting hotels to list their rooms on its platform, but is it too little, too late at this point? Will success in homesharing equate to having the most listings, or is it going to be something even bigger than that?

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Chinese outbound travel continues to boom and shows high potential for future growth. Travel brands and destinations need to understand the evolving behaviors and preferences of Chinese travelers in order to most effectively appeal to this market.

3 months ago

Booking.com CEO Is in Favor of Stricter Regulations on Homesharing

Booking.com CEO Is in Favor of Stricter Regulations on Homesharing

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans says she welcomes stricter regulations on homesharing, but we have to wonder: What are Booking.com or its peers doing currently to ensure that their home listings are actually in compliance with local laws?

4 months ago

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Large travel corporations can't seem to get enough of the tours and activities space. It's one to watch as the year unfolds. Deals can be a great way to get a foot in the door, but don't forget to make sure there is a strategic fit — and, of course, that the price is right.

4 months ago

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that Morocco, which has a huge tourism industry, is looking to crack down on Airbnb and Booking.com. This is the new normal around the world as the so-called sharing economy changes the way people travel — and longstanding travel companies suffer.

4 months ago

This Lodging Sector Needs Airbnb and Booking to Grow Its Business

This Lodging Sector Needs Airbnb and Booking to Grow Its Business

Deanna Ting, Skift

If you don't know what a serviced apartment is, you're likely not alone. And that's probably one of the biggest problems this lodging sector faces as it tries to grow beyond catering solely to corporate travelers.

4 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.

4 months ago

Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level

Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level

Deanna Ting, Skift

If Airbnb is successful with Airbnb Plus, it will ensure that alternative accommodations are no longer seen as an alternative. But making it a success will be easier said than done.

5 months ago

Booking Is on the Road to Becoming a Full-Service Online Travel Agency

Booking Is on the Road to Becoming a Full-Service Online Travel Agency

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com keeps hinting that it intends to become a full-service travel agency. But these products are often less profitable than hotels. So it risks a bumpy ride. No wonder it is considering revamping its rewards program and building a chatbot to help with merchandising.

5 months ago

Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and Expedia Official With New Hotel Campaign

Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and Expedia Official With New Hotel Campaign

Deanna Ting, Skift

The battle for online travel dominance began long ago, but now it's really getting serious. Count this as Airbnb's official opening shot toward Booking and Expedia.

5 months ago

Booking CEO: Here’s Our Edge Over Expedia and Airbnb

Booking CEO: Here’s Our Edge Over Expedia and Airbnb

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Executives at Booking Holdings, formerly the Priceline Group, feel aggrieved that the company isn't getting the credit it deserves in alternative accommodations. In a lot of ways, its battle with Airbnb is over business models. As Airbnb ramps up hotels, we'll have to see who blinks.

6 months ago