Articles tagged “ota history”

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

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

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: Ctrip’s Different Path to China’s Consumers

Oral History of Online Travel: Ctrip’s Different Path to China’s Consumers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip did its own thing and adapted to conditions in China when it was created but its founders were very much aware of what was going on in the rest of the world, including the development of search engines, as well as Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline. One of the things that differentiated Ctrip from the outset was it appreciated the outsized importance of technology.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: Booking.com Succeeds Despite Doing It ‘Wrong’

Oral History of Online Travel: Booking.com Succeeds Despite Doing It ‘Wrong’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com rode the agency model, which is attractive for its lack of complexity in forging online travel agency-hotel relationships and consumer-friendliness, into the growth engine of a $68 billion business. Its executives did so by ignoring the trendiness of the crowds and sticking to their own beliefs and vision.

2 years 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.

2 years ago

Skift Podcast: The Invention of Online Travel and How it Changed the Future of Travel Forever

Skift Podcast: The Invention of Online Travel and How it Changed the Future of Travel Forever

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We dig into Skift's new opus on online travel and get some behind-the-scenes insight from its author.

2 years ago

Launching Skift’s Biggest Project Yet: The Definitive Oral History of Online Travel

Launching Skift’s Biggest Project Yet: The Definitive Oral History of Online Travel

Rafat Ali, Skift

Two decades after the birth of online travel, more than two dozen founders and key players exclusively tell Skift how it all happened. This is a story of a history that changed the future of travel forever. Dig in, this will take a while.

2 years ago