Articles tagged “oral history”

Online Travel

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

When mergers go awry, it isn't always merely because the acquired company was a dog. Sometimes the purchaser likewise screws the whole thing up.

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

Rental Cars

The Inside Story of an Online Travel Reunion at the New Uber

There were a ton of people who wanted the COO position at Uber, and it went to Expedia alum and former Orbtiz Worldwide CEO Barney Harford. The pressure will be on both Khosrowshahi and Harford to turn around the ridesharing company. As if there weren't abundant pressure already.

The Inside Story of an Online Travel Reunion at the New Uber

Online Travel

8 Insights Into Uber CEO Pick Dara Khosrowshahi From Peers and Rivals

With a two-decade track record in online travel, Khosrowshahi has had his duck-and-cover as well as been-on-a-mountaintop moments. If Uber's looking for a steady hand, and a guy with experience who isn't afraid to take a U-turn when called for, then they could have done a helluva lot worse.

8 Insights Into Uber CEO Pick Dara Khosrowshahi From Peers and Rivals

Hotels

What It Was Like to Work With Ace Hotels Co-Founder Alex Calderwood

It’s hard to imagine Ace Hotels becoming what it is today without the visionary drive of its late co-founder, Alex Calderwood.

What It Was Like to Work With Ace Hotels Co-Founder Alex Calderwood

Online Travel

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Moral of the story about the early years of online travel? Not to over-simplify, but be prepared to take risks, feel free to contradict conventional wisdom, and assemble the best damn team that you can.

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Online Travel

Priceline Kills Name Your Own Price for Flights

Priceline.com downplayed Name Your Own Price four years ago as big thumbs and small screens on mobile phones made the relatively cumbersome bidding process anachronistic. Flight-bidding is gone. The services remains for hotels and car rentals but their days are probably numbered too.

Priceline Kills Name Your Own Price for Flights

Online Travel

Oral History of Online Travel: Two Unsung Pioneers Who Shaped the Future

Not everyone who drafted business plans, wrote the code, made sales calls or forged partnerships in the early days of online travel garnered glitzy headlines or even made it to 2016 to see how their labors all worked out. They -- and countless others -- are still worth remembering for their contributions.

Oral History of Online Travel: Two Unsung Pioneers Who Shaped the Future

Online Travel

A Supermodel, a Tiny Dog and How Priceline Turned William Shatner Into a Legendary Pitchman

We don't know if it was really "a supermodel" and her tiny dog that William Shatner dispatched to Priceline.com headquarters in the late 1990s to do due dilgence on the company, but we do know that Shatner, who smashed a guitar during one shoot, was highly talented and broke new ground for an emerging brand.

A Supermodel, a Tiny Dog and How Priceline Turned William Shatner Into a Legendary Pitchman

Online Travel

Oral History of Online Travel: How Decolar Built an Online Booking Brand Offline

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Decolar approached local airlines to forge partnerships, the carriers just didn't appreciate what the site was trying to do. But Decolar, which has its struggles today, indeed outlasted many of those airlines.

Oral History of Online Travel: How Decolar Built an Online Booking Brand Offline

Online Travel

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce

Building up an affiliate network became a great marketing tool for Travelstart in South Africa a decade ago because print ads weren't effective. The incumbent competitors weren't particularly effective because they had no focus on e-commerce.

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce