Articles tagged “kayak”

Trivago CEO and Kayak Co-Founder Possess Skewed Views on the Best Way to Innovate

Trivago CEO and Kayak Co-Founder Possess Skewed Views on the Best Way to Innovate

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to brainstorming, there's no substitute for a Skift reporter ambling over to a Skift Research analyst's desk, and shooting the breeze about Oyo's model, or looking over a shoulder to view on screen how Expedia's marketing spend is trending. That dynamic is really tough to replicate on Zoom.

3 weeks ago

Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With parent company Alphabet generating $79 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020, Google is relentlessly rolling out new travel products. Not to mention, it is dictating content-licensing and advertising terms to cash-strapped partners while a pandemic rages. Enough said.

1 month ago

OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's really tough to judge a brand's performance in the midst of a pandemic, but OpenTable clearly deserved more focus given the fact that travel and dining are completely different businesses. Once again, travel and dining aren't always natural playmates.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn't appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn't have to — it's Google. Don't look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg.

2 months ago

Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were a Kayak-branded hotel, it's safe to say that Marriott and Accor have nothing to worry about.

2 months ago

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a morsel to hang onto.

3 months ago

Booking Holdings Sees First Signs of Changing Traveler Behavior Brought on by Pandemic

Booking Holdings Sees First Signs of Changing Traveler Behavior Brought on by Pandemic

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Will it be hotels or alternative accommodations that bounce back first? Booking Holdings officials said they see a shift toward alternative accommodations when travelers are booking stays at least two months in advance. But this trend won't necessarily stick over the long term.

5 months ago

Kayak and OpenTable Layoffs and Furloughs Impact 400 Employees

Kayak and OpenTable Layoffs and Furloughs Impact 400 Employees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The job cuts at Kayak and OpenTable represent the first reported layoffs and furloughs at parent company Booking Holdings growing out of the coronavirus crisis other than for 48 contractors at Booking.com whose agreements weren't renewed. Few travel companies will emerge unscathed so it wouldn't be surprising if more cuts were coming at other Booking brands.

5 months ago

Booking Holdings Lays Out an Ominous Financial Outlook

Booking Holdings Lays Out an Ominous Financial Outlook

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If the impact of coronavirus gets worse, and if the company doesn't tap any additional borrowings, Booking Holdings probably has enough money to pays its obligations until the second half of 2021 — but it can't guarantee that will be the case. This has potential chilling implications for weaker competitors, let alone tens of thousands of smaller businesses that will likely be long gone by then.

6 months ago

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kayak is making a landmark departure from its current strategy. It will add a tool to its mobile app to let users who book select short-term rentals and boutique hotels through it check in and check out via its app. That moves the travel metasearch player beyond merely listing accommodations to actually providing extra services for guests at partner properties.

10 months ago

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is touting the three companies' ties to advantage Booking.com in a way that might be a tad confusing to travel industry executives or NYU Hospitality students, but consumers could care less.

10 months ago