Articles tagged “meituan”

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.

3 months ago

Chinese Online Platforms View the Great Travel Recovery as a Drawn-Out Process

Chinese Online Platforms View the Great Travel Recovery as a Drawn-Out Process

Dennis Schaal, Skift

An unfortunate first-mover in the pandemic, China, in turn, got an early start on its travel recovery. But officials at major travel companies there view a robust bounce back as taking a year or longer — and much of that pace depends on how quickly coronavirus gets neutralized in the rest of the world.

6 months ago

Airbnb to Roll Out Sanitization Plan for Hosts That Would Include 72-Hour Wait Between Stays

Airbnb to Roll Out Sanitization Plan for Hosts That Would Include 72-Hour Wait Between Stays

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Cleanliness standards will guide guest preferences in the years ahead. Short-term rental host practices will have to undergo significant enhancements to cope with that changing consumer behavior — a heightened sensitivity to just how clean their surroundings are as an outgrowth of the coronavirus pandemic.

6 months ago

6 Uber IPO Roadshow Takeaways Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

6 Uber IPO Roadshow Takeaways Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Uber certainly isn't making a profit yet, which isn't the worst thing in the world, considering the mammoth market opportunity. Still, investors in its initial public offering should know it could take several years before that red ink turns black.

2 years 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.

2 years ago

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Meituan has an advantage in travel over some of its competitors because it is a platform company, offering an extensive array of retail services, although food delivery is its core business. The Chinese hotel market is clearly in flux with Meituan and, to a lesser extent, Alibaba, nipping at Ctrip's heels.

2 years ago

How TUI and Rezdy Fit Into Ctrip’s Growth Strategy Outside China

How TUI and Rezdy Fit Into Ctrip’s Growth Strategy Outside China

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China slowdown? Meituan rivalry? Naaah, Ctrip had a fab 2018. Domestic travel remains strong, but it is international travel growth that’s exciting. Now we know what drives its latest partnerships with TUI’s Musement and Rezdy.

2 years ago

China’s Ridehailing Giant Didi to Cut 2,000 Jobs as It Revamps Strategy

China’s Ridehailing Giant Didi to Cut 2,000 Jobs as It Revamps Strategy

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Didi Chuxing has a string of problems now, among them a poor safety image, fresh competition from players such as Meituan Dianping and China's cooling economy. A re-evaluation of its businesses is needed.

2 years ago

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Ctrip has been able to spend most of its 15-year history riding a rising travel tide in China while buying out much of the competition to blunt their challenges. For 2019, Ctrip will have to stand up and get moving to recapture momentum and investor attention.

2 years ago

Expedia Isn’t Ready to Invest Big in Restaurant Reservations

Expedia Isn’t Ready to Invest Big in Restaurant Reservations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia has dealt with a ton of distractions in recent years as it acquired Wotif, Travelocity, Orbitz Worldwide, and HomeAway, for example. CEO Mark Okerstrom wants to focus on the basics instead, and doesn't want to take bold steps into dining reservations or food delivery for now. On the other hand, Expedia is a very acquisitive company so never say never.

2 years ago

Ctrip Expects Rising Costs to Nibble at Its Margins

Ctrip Expects Rising Costs to Nibble at Its Margins

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip's revenue growth has remained in line with forecasts, but its costs are rising. More interestingly, the online travel giant has branched out into hotel management by providing data services and marketing support to franchisees for a new brand, Rezen.

2 years ago

Booking Holdings Invests $200 Million in Grab as Ridehailing Becomes More Strategic

Booking Holdings Invests $200 Million in Grab as Ridehailing Becomes More Strategic

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's becoming increasingly clear that online travel players will try to leverage the heck out of connections between food delivery, ridehailing, and booking hotels. Uber and Lyft will undoubtedly become a bigger part of the action, as well.

2 years ago