Articles tagged “investors”

It’s Still A Waiting Game For Hotel Investors, As Owners Still Have High Valuations In Mind

It’s Still A Waiting Game For Hotel Investors, As Owners Still Have High Valuations In Mind

Cameron Sperance, Skift

It's nearly time for opportunistic investors like Starwood Capital's Barry Sternlicht to swoop in on distressed hotel assets, but they'd better have the pockets to stomach at least another year of no returns on investment.

2 days ago

Will Airbnb Flip the Initial Public Offering Playbook Yet Again?

Will Airbnb Flip the Initial Public Offering Playbook Yet Again?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In this tragic and topsy-turvy year, market conditions can change before the end of this sentence. As of this writing, Airbnb seemingly has a path to go public at a valuation that it can likely live with.

5 months ago

8 Travel Recovery Zingers From Y Combinator’s Adam Goldstein: The Long View This Week

8 Travel Recovery Zingers From Y Combinator’s Adam Goldstein: The Long View This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Regardless of the shape of the travel recovery, it's clear that travel startups will be behind the curve. Many investors were already wary of funding new travel companies, but now they'll have to worry whether the next pandemic will shut them down anew.

6 months ago

Video: Naspers Group Investment Exec Sees Consumer Focus Shifting From Price to Convenience

Video: Naspers Group Investment Exec Sees Consumer Focus Shifting From Price to Convenience

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Are consumers discarding price-consciousness for convenience? Uber is convenient, but it's also cheap. These dueling preferences aren't clear-cut, and the trends will remain complex.

2 years ago

U.S. Airline Investors Anxious About Fuel Costs and Shrinking Margins

U.S. Airline Investors Anxious About Fuel Costs and Shrinking Margins

Esha Dey, Bloomberg

Emirates may be able to find the silver lining on high fuel costs, which encouraged a broader economic recovery in the Gulf region, but most airlines aren't so lucky.

2 years ago

Video: Travel Investors on Why Booking Sites Still Have Plenty of Room for Growth

Video: Travel Investors on Why Booking Sites Still Have Plenty of Room for Growth

Dan Peltier, Skift

Is this only the beginning of the beginning of online travel? With a recent downbeat set of results from online travel agencies, it's a question that's hotly debated these days.

3 years ago

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness

Sean O'Neill, Skift

When Priceline sneezes, the online travel industry catches a cold.

3 years ago

Iceland Residents Aren’t Embracing Chinese Tourism Investment

Iceland Residents Aren’t Embracing Chinese Tourism Investment

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland has become so popular that there aren't enough hotel rooms to go around yet residents and legislators are largely resistant to foreign investment to build more hotels. This dilemma isn't unique to Iceland and other destinations will watch how the country responds.

3 years ago

The State of Early-Stage Travel Startups: Where Investments Went in 2015

The State of Early-Stage Travel Startups: Where Investments Went in 2015

Dan Peltier, Skift

Some entrepreneurs are subject to so much tunnel vision that they can't see when it's time to either pivot or give up. The themes of pivoting to B2B and targeting the vacation and short-term rental space are commonplace and it's realities like these that investors impress upon startups every day. Everyone trying to do the same thing without differentiating creates a lack of ambition, a sentiment shared by some investors we recently spoke to.

5 years ago

Starwood Founder Barry Sternlicht Invests in HotelTonight

Starwood Founder Barry Sternlicht Invests in HotelTonight

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Does HotelTonight really provide incremental bookings without detracting from the hotels' own websites and apps? Several big hotel chains and Barry Sternlicht are now on board and apparently believe so. But, what happens down the road when the humble startup gets too powerful? That's something to consider, as well.

7 years ago

Startup Raises $500,000 to Add Smart Hotel Bookings to Productivity Apps

Startup Raises $500,000 to Add Smart Hotel Bookings to Productivity Apps

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Both unmanaged and managed business travelers are turning to their own mobile apps for bookings presenting an opportunity for previously non-travel apps to increase their own value by adding travel-related tools.

7 years ago

Norwegian Billionaire Sells Stake In TUI Travel As Merger Seems Doubtful

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

John Fredriksen's move is purely a financial transactiion, but it isn't much of a vote of confidence in TUI Travel and its ambitions.

7 years ago