Articles tagged “expedia”

What Is the Future for Metasearch in Corporate Travel?

What Is the Future for Metasearch in Corporate Travel?

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The concept makes sense, but there's a risk that metasearch sites could come unstuck coping with all the complexities corporate travel will entail when it eventually restarts.

13 hours ago

Expedia and Airbnb Bosses Have Conflicting Visions About the Future of Travel

Expedia and Airbnb Bosses Have Conflicting Visions About the Future of Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Sometimes CEO views of where online travel is headed seem more about the capabilities of their companies than anything else. Will pandemic-induced travel preferences make for dominant trends five or 10 years from now? Highly doubtful.

6 days ago

Booking.com Restructuring Will Pare Its Workforce By Up to 25 Percent

Booking.com Restructuring Will Pare Its Workforce By Up to 25 Percent

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Despite the deep job cuts, the proprietary Skift Health Score calculates that Booking Holdings has far greater long-term strength than rivals Expedia Group and Trip.com Group. If you follow Booking.com's logic, the future of travel will be substantially smaller than its past.

7 days ago

How a Pandemic Helped Expedia’s Vrbo Fix Its Google Problem

How a Pandemic Helped Expedia’s Vrbo Fix Its Google Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Vrbo is benefiting from a ton of direct traffic because vacation rentals are having a moment, and competitors' paid marketing through Google fell off a cliff. The brand will likely get some sustainable benefit from the lift, but the dynamic can change in a heartbeat.

2 weeks ago

Booking’s Ad Play on Trivago Shows How to Create Opportunity From Crisis

Booking’s Ad Play on Trivago Shows How to Create Opportunity From Crisis

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Trivago was glad to see that Booking Holdings kept on advertising, however modestly, and upped its bidding in Trivago auctions while many other partners went silent. If Booking is gaining a bit of market share, it is far from seeing a clear path to recovery as travel demand's trajectory remains a crapshoot.

2 weeks ago

Google Made Advertising Concessions to Travel Partners But They’re Still Angry

Google Made Advertising Concessions to Travel Partners But They’re Still Angry

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google's travel ad chief said companies that aren't seeing enough advertising benefits with Google probably shouldn't spend as much as they are. Few big travel companies would drop out of Google knowing it might sabotage their businesses, but probably an increasing number are desperate for alternatives.

2 weeks ago

Precedent-Setting or a Footnote? Expedia and Union Reach Pact on Short-Term Rentals

Precedent-Setting or a Footnote? Expedia and Union Reach Pact on Short-Term Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia Group, and its Vrbo unit, are willing to take a significant hit to their property listings in San Diego in exchange for an ongoing path to crystal clear legality in an important business and convention market. With other jurisdictions undoubtedly looking on, Airbnb has to decide if it will play hardball.

4 weeks ago

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's no accident that Expedia Group disclosed improved booking trends on Monday, and then announced a senior notes offering to refinance the company's private equity debt a day later. Hey, whether you are a homeowner or a giant online travel company, a good refinancing deal can be smart and hard to resist.

1 month ago

Vacation Rental Brand Vrbo Emerges as Expedia Star With Pandemic-Era Bookings

Vacation Rental Brand Vrbo Emerges as Expedia Star With Pandemic-Era Bookings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Vrbo has been in the right place(s) at the right time, somewhat reversing a very challenged 2019. Is the changed trajectory a momentary blip in the throes of a pandemic, or will it be sustainable?

1 month ago

6 Key Takeaways From Skift Forum Europe

6 Key Takeaways From Skift Forum Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Nothing like a world-shattering crisis to force companies to look into the mirror and contemplate a makeover. Will consumer travel preferences change forever because of coronavirus? Forever is a very long time.

1 month ago

Expedia Shareholders Reject Proposal to Require Greater Disclosure of Company’s Political Donations

Expedia Shareholders Reject Proposal to Require Greater Disclosure of Company’s Political Donations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Regarding this particular shareholder proposal on increased transparency about political contributions, the stockholder who mattered the most was Barry Diller. But if the political winds in the U.S. are indeed changing, then corporations may find themselves under increased pressure to be transparent and to do the right thing.

2 months ago

Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking Holdings may be calculating that partner memories aren't exceedingly long. On the other hand, with additional layoffs a possibility at flagship brand Booking.com, the parent company has its own problems to deal with.

2 months ago