Articles tagged “expedia”

Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory

Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What do a debate over landing pages, the acquisition of Momondo, a shift into hotel software services, and regulators forcing changes in online travel agency contracts have in common? Each of those seemingly unrelated things may have pushed Priceline to toggle back its spending on Trivago.

3 days ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Natalie Wong and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Vancouver isn't banning short-term rentals, but is trying to take carpetbagger investors running quasi-hotels out of the game. Airbnb and HomeAway are playing their own game — trying to make nice with regulators to avoid outright prohibitions.

1 week ago

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Sean O'Neill, Skift

When Priceline sneezes, the online travel industry catches a cold.

2 weeks ago

CEOs of Expedia and Priceline Group — What Have You Done for Me Lately?

CEOs of Expedia and Priceline Group — What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Priceline Group is in the catbird seat in online travel — for now — while Expedia is a much smaller company with so much ground to make up. Expedia's Okerstrom is laudably talking tough about his ambitions to propel his company forward. But 2017, so far, has been anything but easy for the two newbie CEOs.

2 weeks ago

Video: Expedia CEO on Blockchain and Competitive Threats

Video: Expedia CEO on Blockchain and Competitive Threats

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Expedia Inc. seems ready to further develop existing brands like HomeAway in 2018. An opportunistic acquisition or two might also take place, but CEO Okerstrom says he's focusing on organic growth from companies already in Expedia's portfolio.

3 weeks ago

New Expedia CEO Just Became His Own Guy in Outlining a New Strategy

New Expedia CEO Just Became His Own Guy in Outlining a New Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It should be no surprise that the new Expedia CEO, who Barry Diller claims to have selected without conducting a wider candidate search, would have his own ideas about where to take the $22 billion company. Okerstrom is even talking about a path for Expedia becoming number one in online travel. That's definitely something we haven't heard publicly articulated in awhile.

4 weeks ago

Visit Seattle Enlists Its Big Tech Companies to Reposition City to Meeting Planners

Visit Seattle Enlists Its Big Tech Companies to Reposition City to Meeting Planners

Greg Oates, Skift

Visit Seattle is positioning itself as a broker of innovation, versus a sales conduit for meeting space, by introducing meeting planners nationwide to some of the world's most advanced companies.

4 weeks ago

Expedia Axes Its Price-Matching Guarantee in a Sharp Break From the Past

Expedia Axes Its Price-Matching Guarantee in a Sharp Break From the Past

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia's move seems odd, as hotel chains ramp up their direct-booking campaigns that include best-price guarantees. Our guess is that the company tested and found that most consumers are no longer swayed by price-matching offers. Or perhaps there was pressure from ongoing probes in Europe.

4 weeks ago

Trivago Launches a Subsidiary to Sell Hoteliers on Its Business Tools

Trivago Launches a Subsidiary to Sell Hoteliers on Its Business Tools

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Trivago, its parent Expedia, and Booking.com all want to provide business services to hotels. It's easy to see the potential value to resource-strapped hotel managers. Still, many hoteliers remain suspicious of these giants.

1 month ago

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Mohammad Gaber, Skift

The online travel agencies — as the Apex Predators and beneficiaries at the top of the current distribution scheme — aren't likely to rush in to invest in a technology that democratizes access to travel content.

1 month ago

Facebook Has Quietly Named a New Head of Global Travel Strategy

Facebook Has Quietly Named a New Head of Global Travel Strategy

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

With Google rumored to be ramping up its online travel efforts, it makes sense that Facebook is looking to develop more robust tools for travel companies to sell on its platform. The battle for mobile bookings is heating up.

2 months ago

U.S. Millennials Travel the Most but Gen Z Is on the Rise

U.S. Millennials Travel the Most but Gen Z Is on the Rise

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Generation Z prioritizes international travel and special events more than its older counterparts. Generation Z members also have the least amount of money to spend on travel, for now. When have we heard this all before? A decade ago, about Millennials.

2 months ago