Articles tagged “metasearch”

Skift Forum Preview: TripAdvisor CEO Shrugs Off Advertising Slump as a Blip

Skift Forum Preview: TripAdvisor CEO Shrugs Off Advertising Slump as a Blip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Here's an unorthodox thought in business: TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer knows that the company's value proposition for its customers can remain strong even when the financials face difficulties every once in a while. That's a truism that sometimes gets lost when pundits focus merely on stock price variations.

2 weeks ago

Tripping Sheds Most Staff After ‘Ugly’ Conflict Between Founders and Board

Tripping Sheds Most Staff After ‘Ugly’ Conflict Between Founders and Board

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Vacation rental metasearch isn't necessarily ahead of its time, although it certainly isn't easy given the complexity of the inventory and the required backend technology. Still, any company needs to execute to make a go of it, and that appears to have been a quality in short supply at Tripping.

2 weeks ago

GoEuro Touts Growth in Ground Transport But Sees No Profit in Sight

GoEuro Touts Growth in Ground Transport But Sees No Profit in Sight

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GoEuro CEO Naren Shaam said his company is having strong growth in helping consumers book intercity trips on their smartphones. But can he guide his company into profitability?

4 weeks ago

Booking Holdings Bought HotelsCombined for Only $140 Million

Booking Holdings Bought HotelsCombined for Only $140 Million

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Don't you just love those proverbial tuck-in acquisitions? Booking Holdings didn't break the bank for either HotelsCombined ($140 million) or FareHarbor ($250 million). Sometimes making smaller bets is a much smarter strategy than gargantuan deals, but only time will tell.

1 month ago

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Much of the metasearch business is beyond the control of the metasearch companies themselves because their largest advertisers can switch things up five minutes ago. Just ask Trivago, and to a lesser extent, TripAdvisor. The best they can hope to do is to diversify their advertiser base and to keep plugging away.

2 months ago

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is Booking Holdings' favored child, but with the addition of HotelsCombined, it is apparent that the parent company still sees plenty of opportunity for its Kayak unit in metasearch worldwide. This deal will help Kayak expand in Asia Pacific, and will give HotelsCombined additional resources as well.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Points to Amazon Playing a Larger Role in the Travel Industry

New Skift Research Points to Amazon Playing a Larger Role in the Travel Industry

Seth Borko, Skift Research

It’s dangerous to give Amazon breathing room in any industry; better to think through its implications for travel today. Amazon is not simply a threat, it offers lessons and opportunities for travel executives as well.

4 months ago

Kayak to Help Flyers Get Compensated for Delayed and Canceled Flights

Kayak to Help Flyers Get Compensated for Delayed and Canceled Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some airlines will not be happy that Kayak has lent its credibility and, in effect, its customer base, to startups that specialize in travel claims compensation. The claims cost airlines money. But Kayak still likes doing things a bit different from the other global online players.

4 months ago

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon likely has a role to play in the future of travel distribution, marketing, or devices — if not all three. Travel leaders need to prepare today or risk being caught flat-footed tomorrow.

4 months ago

Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In some ways, Trivago and TripAdvisor find themselves in similar situations, although TripAdvisor has more upside because of its global brand awareness and the breadth of its offerings. But both need time to play the long game. In Trivago's case, it is now seeing alternative accommodations as a potential life line.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Beyond all the financial razzmatazz, TripAdvisor's core hotel business is still under pressure while the much smaller experiences and restaurant businesses are growing nicely — although not profitably at this point. If TripAdvisor can hang on while these non-core businesses mature, then its outlook would be much brighter.

5 months ago

Vacation Rental Search Site Tripping Lays Off 15 Employees and Restructures

Vacation Rental Search Site Tripping Lays Off 15 Employees and Restructures

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Metasearch is hard, and comparison-shopping for vacation rentals and apartment shares is even harder. Tripping and others are having a hard time building their brands in the face of competition from larger players with more ample resources.

5 months ago