Articles tagged “online travel”

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has perennially been a thorn in the side of online travel companies that lusted after getting access to its flights and fares. But no one can credibly argue that Southwest's insistence on direct distribution hasn't worked for the airline. Its competitors and peers inside and outside of the airline industry can only be jealous.

6 days ago

Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Webjet Limited has risen as a major online travel agency in Australia and the No. 2 bedbank player globally. But stiff competition among online players down under, a slowdown in cruise sales, and low bedbank margins will keep it on its toes.

1 week ago

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It appeared several years ago that Ctrip had locked up the Chinese online travel market when it took control of Qunar and Elong, but that ship has sailed. The emergence of Meituan and now Tongcheng-Elong's initial public offering make it clear that many players will scramble for market leadership.

2 months ago

Ad Spending Cuts Help Trivago Return to Profitability

Ad Spending Cuts Help Trivago Return to Profitability

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Shares in the hotel search company rose the most in two years on news that a cut in ad spending had pushed the Expedia-controlled company into the black. But the company, which once enjoyed meteoric growth, seems unlikely to return to turbo-charged revenue gains anytime soon.

3 months ago

Behind TripAdvisor’s Renewed Push to Inspire Travelers Beyond Just Making Sales

Behind TripAdvisor’s Renewed Push to Inspire Travelers Beyond Just Making Sales

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor is notable for having a large audience of consumers looking for ideas about where to go and stay and what to do once they're there. It's sensible that the company is adding features to bolster that edge over its transaction-focused rivals — as long as the company doesn't neglect transactions.

4 months ago

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google has developed solid travel booking and itinerary management tools, but won't push fully into the online travel booking business because of its lucrative role in online advertising. It looks like Google's bifurcated travel strategy will continue for some time.

4 months ago

India’s Outbound Tourism Spending Is Expected to Grow Rapidly

India’s Outbound Tourism Spending Is Expected to Grow Rapidly

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

The India outbound market is already huge and doesn’t show any signs of slowing its growth. It’s about time the global travel industry started paying attention if companies hope to capture a share of the market.

4 months ago

Skift Basics: 10 Essential Reads to Understand Global Travel

Skift Basics: 10 Essential Reads to Understand Global Travel

Rafat Ali, Skift

Skift deciphers and defines the big trends for professionals in the global travel industry. If you're new to it, or considering getting into it, you will be up to speed after reading these. We guarantee it!

6 months ago

Travel Companies Face a Trust Deficit Unless They Reset Use of Customer Data

Travel Companies Face a Trust Deficit Unless They Reset Use of Customer Data

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor

An established order can only endure if it can take in outsiders. Rome fell to the barbarians, while the British upper class has assimilated celebrities and immigrants. Travel sellers like Google and TUI must absorb new technologies like blockchain or else they will die.

10 months ago

Booking Is on the Road to Becoming a Full-Service Online Travel Agency

Booking Is on the Road to Becoming a Full-Service Online Travel Agency

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com keeps hinting that it intends to become a full-service travel agency. But these products are often less profitable than hotels. So it risks a bumpy ride. No wonder it is considering revamping its rewards program and building a chatbot to help with merchandising.

10 months ago

eDreams Odigeo Sale Attracts Private Equity Interest

eDreams Odigeo Sale Attracts Private Equity Interest

Patrick Whyte, Skift

At this stage, we're not exactly sure why eDreams Odigeo might interest Skyscanner/Ctrip. A private equity buyer would seem much more likely.

12 months ago

Top 10 Most Popular Skift Stories of 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Skift Stories of 2017

Dennis Schaal, Skift

These 10 Skift stories got the most clicks in 2017, and none were clickbait. The list shows Skift readers love hotel and online travel stories, original reporting, analysis and breaking news.

1 year ago