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Articles tagged “orbitz”

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

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Critics of Expedia Inc.'s 2014-2015 acquisition spree appear to have had a valid point: These sorts of mergers and integrations can be very distracting and complex. Expedia has felt the pain now in the second and third quarters and could be in for some more until it get can get things back on course. Expedia's competitors will take advantage.

1 month ago

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

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

Jason Clampet, Skift

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.

2 months ago

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Breaking up is hard to do but when it comes to mergers, the stakes can be very high and the challenges acutely complex. It's really hard to find someone who will argue that Expedia's acquisition spree will be its undoing but success will take focus and certainly isn't guaranteed.

4 months ago

Expedia Struggles to Integrate Orbitz After Acquisiton

Expedia Struggles to Integrate Orbitz After Acquisiton

Gerrit De Vynck , Bloomberg

Expedia should be able to bounce back after taking some short-term hits related to its Orbitz acquisition.

4 months ago

Orbitz Founding CEO Gets Backing From Major Airlines and Hotel Chains for ‘Experiences’ Startup

Orbitz Founding CEO Gets Backing From Major Airlines and Hotel Chains for ‘Experiences’ Startup

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group startup Dihedral -- with an assist from two major airlines and four hotel chains -- can turn out to be something huge or meander nowhere like some of the traveler journeys they'll be charting. Certainly the two have a track record and they are hitting all the right notes, including Big Data and experiences.

5 months ago

Orbitz Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary Under the Shadow of Expedia Ownership

Orbitz Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary Under the Shadow of Expedia Ownership

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As when it acquired Travelocity in early 2015, the Expedia Inc. acquisition model for Orbitz and CheapTickets is to slash employee rolls, find other cost synergies, move the newly acquired companies to the Expedia technology platform and continue to market the slimmed-down brands. As Orbitz begins its 16th year, it wouldn't be surprising to see the brand get more aggressive in its advertising.

6 months ago

The Never-Before-Disclosed Details About the Birth of Online Travel

The Never-Before-Disclosed Details About the Birth of Online Travel

Jason Clampet, Skift

We're not giving away all the good stuff. You still need to read the entire thing.

6 months ago

United Airlines Close to Accepting Board Overhaul Demanded by Activist Investors

United Airlines Close to Accepting Board Overhaul Demanded by Activist Investors

Julie Johnsson and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

From outward appearances it seemed as though the activist investors were a long-shot in succeeding as most of the unions were against them. But with a 7% stake in the airline and years of travel industry expertise Altimeter and PARS got the ears of the right people on the board and other investors. And they had a good point.

8 months ago

Expedia Gained U.S. Market Share After Acquisitions But Lost It Everywhere Else

Expedia Gained U.S. Market Share After Acquisitions But Lost It Everywhere Else

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia's acquisitions in 2015 made it more of a U.S.-focused company, a weakness it intends to rectify in coming years. Meanwhile, the market share impact of its buying spree won't really be felt until 2016 and beyond.

10 months ago

Which Was Expedia’s Most Important Acquisition of 2015?

Which Was Expedia’s Most Important Acquisition of 2015?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If the integration goes as Expedia and HomeAway envision then this merger can turn out to be transformational for both companies. If that becomes the reality, then the Expedia acquisition of Orbitz may end up being viewed in coming years as a mere footnote in Expedia's timeline when compared with the HomeAway buy.

11 months ago

Expedia-Orbitz Synergies Mean Deep Job Cuts at Orbitz

Expedia-Orbitz Synergies Mean Deep Job Cuts at Orbitz

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In the consolidation game, Expedia's business model is to do heavy integration of the acquired companies' back-end platforms while retaining their brands and axing lots of employees to trim costs and boost the bottom line. Synergies for some, unemployment for others.

1 year ago