Articles tagged “expedia”

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

No one saw that Argentina's economy would take such a bad turn this year. But Despegar, based in Buenos Aires, is making moves to weather the storm after its market valuation has been slashed in half.

4 days ago

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The biggest knock on the online travel agencies these days is that the competition is intense and that their golden years are done. Expedia's Mark Okerstrom counters that his company has a single-digit share of a $1.6 trillion market, and he's going wide and deep to pick up more. The jury is still out.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Buys Two Startups to Help Landlords Turn Apartments Into Short-Term Rentals

Expedia Buys Two Startups to Help Landlords Turn Apartments Into Short-Term Rentals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

When it comes to the acquisition game, Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom is one of the travel industry's savviest players. It's fun to see him back at it, after a mostly quiet period of him settling into the company's top job.

3 weeks ago

Ad Spending Cuts Help Trivago Return to Profitability

Ad Spending Cuts Help Trivago Return to Profitability

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Shares in the hotel search company rose the most in two years on news that a cut in ad spending had pushed the Expedia-controlled company into the black. But the company, which once enjoyed meteoric growth, seems unlikely to return to turbo-charged revenue gains anytime soon.

3 weeks ago

Google Working on Solving the Pain Points in Vacation Package Shopping

Google Working on Solving the Pain Points in Vacation Package Shopping

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Google perfects vacation package search, this could be a very compelling product because some have tried, but few are doing it in any meaningful way. This is all part of Google's steady and ongoing rise in the travel e-commerce ecosystem.

4 weeks ago

Expedia’s Barry Diller Calls on Google to Be Regulated

Expedia’s Barry Diller Calls on Google to Be Regulated

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Diller is one of the godfathers of online travel and Expedia is probably among the top two travel advertisers in Google. Whether his comments will lead to lobbying or business practice changes, is today's multibillion dollar question.

4 weeks 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 weeks ago

Expedia Brings Voice Bookings, Cancellations and Rewards to Google Assistant

Expedia Brings Voice Bookings, Cancellations and Rewards to Google Assistant

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Voice-based search will not only have technology issues to overcome, but in an era when news of data breaches is commonplace, companies such as Expedia will have to address the personalization and privacy issues as well.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Is Debuting Tours and Activities TV Ads in the Sector’s Breakout Year

TripAdvisor Is Debuting Tours and Activities TV Ads in the Sector’s Breakout Year

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Both TripAdvisor and Booking.com are newly emphasizing tours and activities in their TV advertising. You can expect a lot more of this from myriad players in the years to come. There will be variations, though. While these two companies push mainstream, touristy attractions, Airbnb will likely highlight curated experiences, although that could change, as well.

1 month ago

Expedia Wants to Become More Locally Relevant Worldwide

Expedia Wants to Become More Locally Relevant Worldwide

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Rather than push Expedia Group to expand horizontally, CEO Mark Okerstrom has been focused in the past year on improving the company's execution in several key markets with its existing brands and loyal customers. The effort to consolidate gains makes intuitive sense.

2 months ago

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Offering vacation rentals to customers might be some way off, but it shows Thomas Cook is at least thinking creatively about its place in the travel industry. If it is something people want — and they clearly do — then the company needs to at least consider it.

2 months ago

Expedia Believes Tech Is Key to Helping Travelers Plan the Perfect Vacation

Expedia Believes Tech Is Key to Helping Travelers Plan the Perfect Vacation

Hannah Sampson , Skift

How can companies use technology to make the perfect recommendations for travelers? That's what everyone is trying to figure out.

2 months ago