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Articles tagged “opentable”

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, when acquiring Skyscanner, should call up, or at least compare notes with, companies as varied as Sabre, Travelocity, the Priceline Group, and Expedia when mulling the challenges in integrating a new prized possession. These new playthings can in rare cases turn into the success of a Booking.com, but on the other hand they have the potential to wreak havoc.

4 days ago

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There have long been rumblings that the OpenTable acquisition was problematic for the Priceline Group. Now we learn the depth of the problem -- a $941 million impairment charge.

4 weeks ago

OpenTable Tears Down Its Walls With New Multilingual Capabilities

OpenTable Tears Down Its Walls With New Multilingual Capabilities

Dennis Schaal, Skift

OpenTable is upping its language skills, although it still is in the early stages of making its restaurant relationships more global.

2 months ago

Google Feasts on its Own Restaurant Reviews, Angering TripAdvisor and Yelp

Google Feasts on its Own Restaurant Reviews, Angering TripAdvisor and Yelp

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If Google is using the "wisdom of the crowds" to determine how it arranges restaurant information in search results then in a lot of ways it believes professional reviews, and especially those from its Zagat franchise, trump user reviews. But when it gets down to displaying the text of diners' reviews, Google unfairly believes that its own consumer reviews are the fairest of them all.

4 months ago

OpenTable Wants to Own the Entire Dining Experience But Personalization Will Come Later

OpenTable Wants to Own the Entire Dining Experience But Personalization Will Come Later

Dan Peltier, Skift

OpenTable hasn't shown progress with international expansion as fast as its parent company, the Priceline Group, first anticipated. While the Group invests in revamping OpenTable's product, the app update is only available in certain English-speaking markets. It is building up user reviews and will have to get more multilingual to trigger more-robust growth.

7 months ago

Yelp and OpenTable End Their Long-Running Partnership as Rivalry Grows

Yelp and OpenTable End Their Long-Running Partnership as Rivalry Grows

Julia Love, Reuters

Given the fact that Yelp acquired SeatMe a couple of years ago, it was only a matter of time before the Yelp partnership became as stale as yesterday's bagels. With Yelp, Priceline's OpenTable, TripAdvisor's The Fork, and countless startups such as Reserve pushing ahead, the competition in the restaurant reservations sector will only get more heated.

12 months ago

OpenTable CEO Steps Aside as Restaurant Reservations Platform Eyes International Expansion

OpenTable CEO Steps Aside as Restaurant Reservations Platform Eyes International Expansion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As is the case with the Priceline Group's handling of Kayak, it is clear that Priceline isn't doubling down on investing in OpenTable. With Booking.com the parent company's overwhelming priority, the international growth of OpenTable will take place at a measured pace, opening opportunities for others.

1 year ago

Priceline Acquires Australian Restaurant Reservations Platform AS Digital

Priceline Acquires Australian Restaurant Reservations Platform AS Digital

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Developments at OpenTable have been almost as quiet as a library while the restaurant reservations platform has been in investment mode. The acquisition of a dining reservations platform in Australia is obviously a geographic play.

1 year ago

Restaurant Technology Now Pushing Pay-In-Advance Meals

Restaurant Technology Now Pushing Pay-In-Advance Meals

Michele Kayal, Associated Press

Priceline, Expedia and Yelp are investing heavily in restaurant reservations technology, which soon may have to accommodate dining establishments selling meals -- and not just the reservations -- in advance.

2 years ago

TripAdvisor Will Fight for Dominance in Restaurant Reservations City By City

TripAdvisor Will Fight for Dominance in Restaurant Reservations City By City

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Restaurants, attractions and vacation rentals are just 12 percent of TripAdvisor's revenue but that number is going to get a lot bigger in the future.

2 years ago

All the Apple Watch Travel Apps Ready for Launch

All the Apple Watch Travel Apps Ready for Launch

Jason Clampet, Skift

Travel tricks coming soon to a wrist near you.

2 years ago

OpenTable Redesign Means A Bigger Push Into the Dining Room

OpenTable Redesign Means A Bigger Push Into the Dining Room

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The OpenTable redesign is meant to counter the dreaded commoditization curse. There's a lot more money and value in being an integral part of the dining experience for consumers and widening the business relationship with restaurants than merely being a reservations platform.

2 years ago