Articles tagged “online travel agencies”

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Low-Tech Achilles’ Heel of Tours and Attractions in Asia

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Low-Tech Achilles’ Heel of Tours and Attractions in Asia

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

For many players in Asia’s tours and activities space, dealing with mounting coronavirus cancellations is proving to be a pain point without the aid of robust technology systems in place. This crisis will be a sharp reminder that digitalization is the way to go.

4 days ago

U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

Haixia Wang , Skift Research

The travel arrangement and reservation services sector has experienced strong growth for the past few years and outperformed other major travel verticals. We believe this trend will continue in the next few years, aided by more digital transformation.

5 days ago

India’s MakeMyTrip Rewards Exec for Loyalty Work With Group CEO Promotion

India’s MakeMyTrip Rewards Exec for Loyalty Work With Group CEO Promotion

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Longtime leader and co-founder Deep Kalra will remain critical at the company in a newly created role of executive chairman. The change in job titles is a reward for co-founder Rajesh Magow's years of work leading the India business. Both executives have pushed hard on a subscription model, one of Skift's Megatrends for 2020.

7 days ago

Despegar Buys Mexican Travel Agency Best Day for $136 Million

Despegar Buys Mexican Travel Agency Best Day for $136 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

At a stroke, Despegar will boost its annual revenue by about 25 percent. Acquiring Best Day Travel Group, one of the largest travel agencies in Mexico, will also solidify its set of products, including in the promising business-to-business segment.

3 weeks ago

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With potential pressure from U.S. regulatory authorities and perhaps displeasure from airlines, Google is making the biggest change to the way it monetizes flight search since it launched Google Flights in 2011. Perhaps free search engine optimization for flights isn't dead after all.

4 weeks ago

Latin America’s Despegar Wants to Double Bookings by 2025: How Realistic Is That?

Latin America’s Despegar Wants to Double Bookings by 2025: How Realistic Is That?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despegar doesn't follow the same playbook as the global online travel players. Charting its own path has worked for the Latin American agency. Expect Despegar to make a strategic acquisition this year to support its heady plans for growth.

1 month ago

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Facing intense competition and a company in disarray, the Expedia Group board and senior executive Barry Diller have no time to dillydally. No one can forecast what the online travel market will look like in the next five years, but Diller et al need to find a couple of top executives who can quickly figure out Expedia's path forward.

2 months ago

Expedia’s 23-Year Evolution in Online Travel

Expedia’s 23-Year Evolution in Online Travel

Isaac Carey, Skift

Expedia has come a long way since its launch nearly a quarter century ago, making acquisitions a key part of its strategy. It will be interesting to see what's next for the company following its sudden leadership shake-up.

3 months ago

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number of years. Do the numbers stack up over the long term and will people keep renewing?

3 months ago

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s finally happened. AirAsia.com is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by Kiwi.com, it's a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. Should online travel agencies continue to doubt AirAsia's foray into their turf? “Believe the unbelievable,” CEO Tony Fernandes said.

3 months ago

Trainline Experiments With Hotels to Boost Revenue

Trainline Experiments With Hotels to Boost Revenue

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Understandably, CEO Clare Gilmartin didn't want to play up moves into other travel areas too much at such an early stage, but we'll be keeping a close eye on how the company evolves over the next few years as it looks to diversify away from rail tickets and make more money in other areas.

3 months ago

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb may never become a clone of its online travel agency competitors, but it will eventually go more mainstream to attract a wider range of travelers and locals, as the Tiqets investment suggests.

4 months ago