Articles tagged “expedia”

Advertising Isn’t Working as Well for Online Travel Agencies, Skift Research Concludes

Advertising Isn’t Working as Well for Online Travel Agencies, Skift Research Concludes

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.

8 mins ago

Expedia Is Closing Gap With Booking on Cloud-Based And Search Engine Tech

Expedia Is Closing Gap With Booking on Cloud-Based And Search Engine Tech

Dan Peltier, Skift

For all of the hype over its shopping spree of acquisitions in recent years, Expedia didn't have much to show for it compared to rival Booking Holdings. That's starting to change, and Expedia feels it's ready for a cloud-based future.

7 days ago

Video: Airbnb’s European Boss on the Clash With Online Travel Giants

Video: Airbnb’s European Boss on the Clash With Online Travel Giants

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We wonder whether Airbnb's community spirit will survive its growth plans and impending IPO.

1 week 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 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon likely has a role to play in the future of travel distribution, marketing, or devices — if not all three. Travel leaders need to prepare today or risk being caught flat-footed tomorrow.

4 weeks ago

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook is desperate to shake off the impression that it's old fashioned and the 176-year-old travel company is trying different ways to make itself relevant to young travelers. Not every one will work but at least it is trying.

1 month ago

Hostelworld Raids Expedia for New CEO

Hostelworld Raids Expedia for New CEO

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Although this looks like a smooth change at the top, we'll have to keep an eye on whether the new CEO deviates from the path the company has set itself on in recent years.

1 month ago

Despegar Attempts to Expand Further Beyond Flights

Despegar Attempts to Expand Further Beyond Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despegar will need to become even more of a force in Latin America if it hopes to tempt major shareholder Expedia Group into acquiring it.

1 month ago

Hopper Begins Offering ‘Secret’ Airfares Below Published Rates

Hopper Begins Offering ‘Secret’ Airfares Below Published Rates

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

It's clear why these secret airfares would be popular among carriers. But if the "secret" is saving a measly 5 percent in exchange for even more uncertainty and anxiety during the booking process, how popular will it be among users?

2 months ago

Expedia Sold More Than $500 Million in Tours and Activities in 2017

Expedia Sold More Than $500 Million in Tours and Activities in 2017

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia's half-billion dollars of online sales may seem large. But it's a tiny sum in the context of the company's overall sales. It is still early days for the online management and distribution of activities, despite the recent frenzy of startup acquisition.

2 months ago

Expedia Group Accelerates Its Spending Faster Than It Grows Revenue

Expedia Group Accelerates Its Spending Faster Than It Grows Revenue

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If you (re)build it, they will come. That's the motto of Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom for 2018.

2 months ago