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The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, when acquiring Skyscanner, should call up, or at least compare notes with, companies as varied as Sabre, Travelocity, the Priceline Group, and Expedia when mulling the challenges in integrating a new prized possession. These new playthings can in rare cases turn into the success of a Booking.com, but on the other hand they have the potential to wreak havoc.

2 days ago

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to new tech platforms and technologies such as voice-activated search with Amazon Alexa, the advantage, in the short term, goes to the big travel tech and marketing companies, including online travel agencies and metasearch companies, because they have the engineering staff and other resources to address these disruptions.

4 days ago

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

The biggest travel players are accustomed to Google's moves and trying their best to adjust and work around them. Missing from this story is the fact that Google's latest moves are making it nearly impossible for all but the smallest number of consumer travel startups to succeed.

2 weeks ago

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Like Hipmunk, Room 77 had an innovative product and talented team but ran into a buzz saw: the marketing clout of Google preferencing its own products, and Expedia, Booking.com and Kayak. Don't feel sorry for the venture capital firms receiving just 53 cents on the dollar. That's the game they play. The real losers are the angel investor and employees, although we're sure for many it was quite a ride nonetheless.

2 weeks ago

HomeAway President Says Company Needs to Win Back Credibility From Homeowners

HomeAway President Says Company Needs to Win Back Credibility From Homeowners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

HomeAway president John Kim, after a manner, is trying to turn HomeAway into the type of company that Airbnb is -- one that is focused on technology improvements and a great user experience. In many ways, Kim has the tougher job. He isn't starting from scratch, as Airbnb did, but is attempting to spur changes in a company that has been around since 2005 and grew through a flurry of acquisitions.

3 weeks ago

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With Lola's acquisition of Room 77's metasearch tech, Room 77 essentially becomes a consumer insights and hotel search test lab for Lola. Room 77's original founders have essentially exited the business: Google licensed its tech and hired the bulk of its employees, Expedia acquired Room 77's pioneering room-view tech, TrustYou bought Room 77's Checkmate hotel-messaging app, and now Lola picked up the remaining technology.

3 weeks ago

Trivago Files for an Initial Public Offering in the U.S.

Trivago Files for an Initial Public Offering in the U.S.

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The IPO that we all knew was coming is finally here.

3 weeks ago

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Jason Clampet, Skift

Everything you need to know about the future of online travel in one two-minute segment.

4 weeks ago

Can Direct-Booking Campaigns End Up With Both Sides Declaring Victory?

Can Direct-Booking Campaigns End Up With Both Sides Declaring Victory?

Jared Wein, Skift

Direct booking is not really a war where one side must lose. Both the large hotel chains and online travel agencies could wind up better off if they act rationally on pricing.

1 month ago

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If publicly traded companies such as Google are bound by fiduciary duties to shareholders, then Google, which already has one of the largest travel businesses in the world, larger than the Priceline Group, TripAdvisor and Ctrip combined, would be foolhardy to shoot its advertising business in the foot to become an online travel agency.

1 month ago

Expedia Plans to Build Facebook Advertising to ‘Google-Like Levels’

Expedia Plans to Build Facebook Advertising to ‘Google-Like Levels’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is getting disrupted on a number of fronts and the emergence of Facebook as a viable advertising alternative -- or supplement, actually -- for Expedia and other big travel advertisers is part of it.

1 month ago

Video: Expedia CEO on the Future of Travel Search

Video: Expedia CEO on the Future of Travel Search

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Voice search, along with other user experience changes, present challenges to the existing titans of online travel. The companies that are smart about handling that transition will prosper in a mobile-first world.

1 month ago