Articles tagged “ota”

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How Hotels Can Help Drive Direct Bookings in 2018

How Hotels Can Help Drive Direct Bookings in 2018

Criteo + Skift

For hotels looking to drive direct bookings, simply offering more competitive pricing or better loyalty programs is no longer enough to compete with online travel agencies.

1 month ago

New Skift Research Report: A Deep Dive Into Priceline’s Competitive Position in Travel 2017

New Skift Research Report: A Deep Dive Into Priceline’s Competitive Position in Travel 2017

Jared Wein, Skift

Priceline’s growth over the past decade is nothing short of remarkable. In this report, we answer, a simple, but important question — Where do we go from here?

2 months ago

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

Dave Montali, Skift

There ain't no such thing as a free booking.

6 months ago

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

Associated Press

We'll have to see how this hodgepodge ruling gets sorted out. Cities in California wouldn't be able to tax online travel agencies' booking fees -- unless hotels require the online travel agencies via rate parity rules to levy the fees to have a consistent retail rate. On the other hand, the ruling seems to let booking sites off the hook, to some extent, and decrees that authorities must collect the tax from the hotels.

11 months ago

Understanding Expedia’s Competitive Position and Where It’s Headed

Understanding Expedia’s Competitive Position and Where It’s Headed

Dave Montali, Skift

Whilst tech-innovation and hotels direct booking campaigns bring new challenges to the OTA world, Expedia has kept a solid growth over the past years and has a steady eye on upcoming disruptions.

1 year ago

How Expedia Is Expanding and Acquiring Its Way Beyond Traditional Booking

How Expedia Is Expanding and Acquiring Its Way Beyond Traditional Booking

Dave Montali, Skift

Expedia's expansion outside the OTA world is afoot. With their aquisition of Homeaway and the expansion of Egencia, Expedia keeps a steady foot in online travel.

1 year ago

5 Charts Showing How UK Travelers Plan Trips Online

5 Charts Showing How UK Travelers Plan Trips Online

Dan Peltier, Skift

Booking sites are prominent throughout the online trip-planning process for U.K. travelers and while they're one of the most used channels for booking, airline and hotel sites become more important when travelers are ready to pull the trigger. Offline travel agents and tour operators are big, too, but not covered by this survey.

2 years ago

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The Convergence of Media and Booking Spells a New Day for Online Travel

The Convergence of Media and Booking Spells a New Day for Online Travel

Surface Hotels + Skift

As travel consumers become blind to advertisements and ill-conceived promotions from booking sites, there is a rising need for the smart curation of hotels and travel experiences by trusted media brands. Consumers don’t need more choices, they need better ones

2 years ago

Orbitz Gives In, Hires Bankers to Find a Buyer

Orbitz Gives In, Hires Bankers to Find a Buyer

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Orbitz Worldwide is putting itself up for sale, and the leak to Bloomberg may be a signal that the bidding hasn't been particularly robust to date.

3 years ago

Interview: The Indie Airfare Deals Site That Has Flight Geeks Talking

Interview: The Indie Airfare Deals Site That Has Flight Geeks Talking

Grant Martin, Skift

There is definitely something to be said for hand-picked, curated airfare deals, and The Flight Deal is finding a niche. How much the site expands beyond the FlyerTalk crowd is another question.

3 years ago

Orbitz Tries to Build Loyalty With New Restaurant Rewards Program

Orbitz Tries to Build Loyalty With New Restaurant Rewards Program

Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune

Is this Orbitz trying to make a restaurant play like TripAdvisor and Priceline? Or trying to build loyalty via a third party? We're not sure either.

3 years ago

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4 Trends Defining the Evolution of Online Travel

4 Trends Defining the Evolution of Online Travel

Amadeus + Skift

Amadeus provides the technology, which keeps the travel sector moving - from initial search to making a booking, from pricing to ticketing, from managing reservations to managing check-in and departure processes. It is this strong commitment that we believe will enable us to continue working with our customers and partners to shape the future of travel.

3 years ago