Articles tagged “hotels”

Chinese Travelers Prioritize Food More Than Shopping When Choosing Destinations

Chinese Travelers Prioritize Food More Than Shopping When Choosing Destinations

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The way to Chinese travelers' wallets may be via their stomachs. Availability of food amenable to the Chinese palate is a top concern for Chinese business and leisure travelers, and catering to needs such as hot, potable water can make a difference in their choices of airlines and hotels.

17 hours ago

Understanding Disney’s Domestic Hotel Strategy

Understanding Disney’s Domestic Hotel Strategy

Dave Montali, Skift

Disney's domestic hotels see a positive year with growth in both occupancy and room spending, whilst the available room nights take a slight decline.

2 days ago

Expedia and TripAdvisor Separately Kill 2 Brands That Were Once Sister Companies

Expedia and TripAdvisor Separately Kill 2 Brands That Were Once Sister Companies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In 2008, Venere became Expedia's great hope in Europe to play catch-up and take on Booking.com's dominance. Whether it was a lack of execution or Booking.com's scale advantages being too imposing to overcome, that dynamic never came to fruition.

1 week ago

What’s Behind the Rise of Chinese Investors in Western Hospitality Companies?

What’s Behind the Rise of Chinese Investors in Western Hospitality Companies?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Even with rumours circulating of an overseas spending clampdown, it looks like Chinese investors will continue to play a big role in the shape of the global hospitality industry in 2017.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Finally Joins TripAdvisor Instant Booking

Expedia Finally Joins TripAdvisor Instant Booking

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor has been struggling but it is a testament to its continued power as a marketing vehicle that Expedia Inc. felt compelled to participate in TripAdvisor Instant Booking even though Expedia controls its own TripAdvisor wannabe. It's called Trivago. A newly anointed public company, Trivago's growth could one day be an Expedia hedge against TripAdvisor's clout, although Trivago isn't there yet.

4 weeks ago

Trivago CEO Says No Company Has Solved the Key Problem in Hotel Search

Trivago CEO Says No Company Has Solved the Key Problem in Hotel Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Rectifying the difficulties in shopping for hotels online is a tremendously complex problem given travelers' fickle nature -- a business trip today, a romantic escapade tomorrow -- and varying quality levels from property to property even within a given brand. Trivago at least recognizes what one of the main problems is in matching a traveler's hotel preferences with the right hotel and hopes to address it with a heftier bank account after conducting its IPO.

4 weeks ago

TUI Group Doesn’t Want to Be Known as a Tour Operator Anymore

TUI Group Doesn’t Want to Be Known as a Tour Operator Anymore

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI’s evolution to that of an end-to-end travel provider is set to accelerate next year. It is fast becoming a tourism company in a class of its own.

1 month ago

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When you think of all the online travel companies constrained by a lack of marketing resources wipe Trivago out of your mind. The Germany-based hotel metasearch site spends a whopping 88 percent of its revenue on advertising. And, if it can pull off a successful initial public offering then Trivago will resupply its advertising war chest. The metasearch rich are getting richer.

1 month ago

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As with Cendyn and Guestfolio, further consolidation is likely in the hotel marketing and loyalty sector as the number of competitors proliferate and the opportunities grow.

2 months ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Frits van Paasschen on Being Your Own Disruptor

Skift Backstage Podcast: Frits van Paasschen on Being Your Own Disruptor

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Frits van Paasschen brings great perspective to the biggest hotel story of the year and offers a smart take on the puzzles that the travel industry still needs to solve.

2 months ago

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google may not be on the road toward becoming an online travel agency, but the search engine is inserting itself more aggressively in the travel research and hotel-shopping process.

2 months ago

Booking.com Powers Hotels for Southwest, Its First U.S. Airline

Booking.com Powers Hotels for Southwest, Its First U.S. Airline

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com displaced Southwest's long-time hotel partner, Orbitz, on Southwest.com. Booking.com's pay-at-the-hotel system meshes much better with Southwest's flexible fare structure than did Orbitz's preponderous hotel bookings requiring prepayment. Booking.com's integration of its Rocketmiles acquisition on Southwest now makes total sense.

3 months ago