Articles tagged “online travel agencies”

Despegar Surfs Rising Wave of Mobile Travel Bookings in Latin America

Despegar Surfs Rising Wave of Mobile Travel Bookings in Latin America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The Argentine economic crisis continues to drag on Despegar, but the online travel agency's continuous investment in mobile is setting it up for long-term growth across the continent.

3 weeks ago

Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Filipe Pacheco and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

One of the kingdom’s largest travel companies, Al Tayyar, could receive a cash boost if it sells its stake in a ridehailing company to Uber as expected. The Saudi Arabian travel firm will need to invest the windfall wisely if it wishes to avoid the troubles facing companies like TUI and Thomas Cook.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The fact that Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are leaning away from TripAdvisor is a wake-up call for many metasearch sites. However, travelers still love to use the damn things for comparison shopping, so there's that.

4 weeks ago

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Understandably, Expedia and Booking are both trying to spin this in their favor as much as possible but it seems like a big win for the UK's competition regulator. We'll have to keep an eye on how much it really changes things and whether other countries follow up.

2 months ago

Asian Online Travel Pioneer Zuji Shuts Down

Asian Online Travel Pioneer Zuji Shuts Down

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It was launched with much fanfare in 2002, but in the end, Zuji — which translates to "footprints" in Mandarin — failed miserably to leave a lasting imprint on Asia’s online travel scene.

2 months ago

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Surprising factors have delayed the coronation of MakeMyTrip Group as India's queen of domestic online travel. Paytm came out of nowhere to grab share, Oyo upended budget hotel distribution, Ixigo tried to make price comparison chic, and Booking.com outmaneuvered Expedia for premium hotel bookings. From this scrappy mix, online travel will find new lessons.

3 months ago

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It isn't clear precisely by what terms American Airlines and Expedia settled their trademark infringement lawsuit. What is known is that Expedia's Add-On Advantage program, the subject of the dispute, remains operational.

3 months ago

Will a New Marriott-Expedia Contract Signal a Sea Change in the Direct Booking Wars?

Will a New Marriott-Expedia Contract Signal a Sea Change in the Direct Booking Wars?

Deanna Ting and Dennis Schaal, Skift

Until the details are finalized, the jury’s still out on the impact of a Marriott-Expedia agreement. But suffice it to say, these frenemies still depend on one another.

3 months ago

eDreams Odigeo Shows Its Turnaround Is No Quick Fix

eDreams Odigeo Shows Its Turnaround Is No Quick Fix

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The dream of being a turnaround artist who swoops into a distressed company to restore growth is appealing to many people. But CEO Dana Dunne is finding that the turnaround of eDreams Odigeo that he has been pursuing since 2015 is a long hard slog.

4 months ago

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The conventional wisdom has been that the online travel market in Latin America will narrow down to a fight between Expedia-supported Despegar and global brands like Booking.com. But Almundo, thanks to backing from Iberostar, might put up a meaningful fight.

4 months 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.

5 months ago

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

No one saw that Argentina's economy would take such a bad turn this year. But Despegar, based in Buenos Aires, is making moves to weather the storm after its market valuation has been slashed in half.

5 months ago