Articles tagged “google”

Google Travel Is Now One Step Closer to One-Stop Shopping

Google Travel Is Now One Step Closer to One-Stop Shopping

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has taken a huge next step, putting all the pieces together, by including flights, hotels, packages, and trip-planning tools on a dedicated website and in Google Search and Google Maps. Google's foothold in travel just got even larger.

2 weeks ago

The Big-Tech Backlash Is Coming for Digital Advertising in Travel

The Big-Tech Backlash Is Coming for Digital Advertising in Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If — or when — a backlash comes, it would upend the business models of a wide swath of travel industry companies. It would also put many businesses specializing in surveillance of consumers at risk.

2 weeks ago

IHG Likes Third-Party Bookings When Other Hotels Prefer Direct Reservations

IHG Likes Third-Party Bookings When Other Hotels Prefer Direct Reservations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

InterContinental Hotels Group has frequently been contrarian over the years when it comes to travel distribution. The chain recognizes that not all guests are brand loyal, and that it is wise to maintain healthy relationships with online travel agencies and metasearch engines.

2 weeks ago

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years.

2 weeks ago

Google Hotels Prompts Trivago to Increase Advertising in 50 Global Markets

Google Hotels Prompts Trivago to Increase Advertising in 50 Global Markets

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is eating the world. When metasearch sites such as Trivago see a strategic benefit in increasing their advertising in Google metasearch, it's not only enough to make your head spin, but it's ominous from a competitive standpoint, as well.

3 weeks ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

1 month ago

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Isaac Carey, Skift

The new feature is clean, intuitive, and easy to use. As Google’s booking platform rapidly expands, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the go-to booking site for all things travel.

2 months ago

Skift Forum Europe: Ennismore CEO Sharan Pasricha on Reimagining Hospitality

Skift Forum Europe: Ennismore CEO Sharan Pasricha on Reimagining Hospitality

Deanna Ting, Skift

The success of Ennismore’s Hoxton hotels brand is founded on the fact that you don’t have to completely reinvent something to make it exciting or lasting. You just need to know what elements bring you — and your guests — joy (while also making a profit).

2 months ago

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google's travel tools. For now at least, that doesn't seem to be the case.

2 months ago

What Marriott’s CEO Had to Say About Airbnb, Amazon and Google

What Marriott’s CEO Had to Say About Airbnb, Amazon and Google

Deanna Ting, Skift

Unlike some of its hotel peers, Marriott isn't giving up on its hopes of being the world's favorite travel company.

2 months ago

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

It's often true that the best ideas or inventions for travel are those that originate outside the sector. Could this be one?

2 months ago

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going down the rabbit hole and considering the effect of a big tech crackdown in travel, Google and global distribution systems have perhaps the most to lose. It's likely, though, that few, if any, of Elizabeth Warren's proposed restrictions will ever become U.S. law.

2 months ago