Articles tagged “otas”

MakeMyTrip and Despegar Make Localization a Key Competitive Advantage

MakeMyTrip and Despegar Make Localization a Key Competitive Advantage

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Does Expedia or Booking have the energy to launch their booking apps in four local Indian dialects? Maybe not, but MakeMyTrip does, and that local effort matters.

3 days ago

TripAdvisor CEO on Moving From User Reviews Toward Professional Content

TripAdvisor CEO on Moving From User Reviews Toward Professional Content

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor will start showcasing content from long-dismissed professional reviewers so it can be more of a resource to visitors who aren't ready to book. Is nothing sacrosanct anymore?

4 days ago

Budget Carrier AirAsia Is Trying to Become a Lifestyle Booking Site

Budget Carrier AirAsia Is Trying to Become a Lifestyle Booking Site

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Can a budget carrier like AirAsia also be an aspirational brand, and a hotel and activities booking site? The dual operations — running an airline and an online-travel-agency-like operation — seem like a big stretch. That's especially so when the airline is facing intense pressure from rising fuel costs.

1 week ago

Ctrip’s Lowered Pace of Revenue Growth Reflects a New Normal

Ctrip’s Lowered Pace of Revenue Growth Reflects a New Normal

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip sacrificed some revenue growth to defend its market share in hotel bookings from rivals like Meituan. The competition shows no sign of abating.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings Says Half Its Customers Now Come Direct: Will It Be a Game Changer?

Booking Holdings Says Half Its Customers Now Come Direct: Will It Be a Game Changer?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some hotel groups will be jealous of Booking Holdings' ability to have one out of every two of its customers booking travel on its brand sites and apps without having to buy online ads to acquire them.

1 month ago

Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law According to UK Watchdog

Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law According to UK Watchdog

Áine Quinn, Bloomberg

UK regulators contend that some booking sites are violating consumer protection laws by playing around with discounting, commissions, and hidden charges. Expedia and Booking.com will have to change their business practices or head to court.

3 months ago

Hostelworld Raids Expedia for New CEO

Hostelworld Raids Expedia for New CEO

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Although this looks like a smooth change at the top, we'll have to keep an eye on whether the new CEO deviates from the path the company has set itself on in recent years.

4 months ago

Booking.com CEO Is in Favor of Stricter Regulations on Homesharing

Booking.com CEO Is in Favor of Stricter Regulations on Homesharing

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans says she welcomes stricter regulations on homesharing, but we have to wonder: What are Booking.com or its peers doing currently to ensure that their home listings are actually in compliance with local laws?

5 months ago

Skift Podcast: The Airbnb Threat to Hotels and Booking Sites

Skift Podcast: The Airbnb Threat to Hotels and Booking Sites

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Airbnb always gives us plenty to talk about — and this episode of the Skift Podcast features a lively conversation about the many ways the homesharing company is venturing beyond its original focus and disrupting wide swaths of the travel industry.

6 months ago

Ctrip’s Growth Hits a Speed Bump Over Consumer Issues

Ctrip’s Growth Hits a Speed Bump Over Consumer Issues

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Recent consumer activism and regulatory issues have unsettled Ctrip. But the trend is a positive sign that Chinese consumers will gradually demand protections, which will put in place drivers for long-term stable growth.

6 months ago

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Hotel Owner Operating and Branding Strategies

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Hotel Owner Operating and Branding Strategies

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

In our view, hotel owners stand to gain, as online travel agencies, brands, and disruptors like Airbnb all battle it out. Subscribe to Skift Research to learn more.

7 months ago

Skift Call March 13: The Airbnb Threat

Skift Call March 13: The Airbnb Threat

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When we asked then-Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in 2016 whether Airbnb was going to eat his lunch, he responded that he was very well-nourished. But it now appears as though Airbnb has an insatiable appetite. Join us on a Skift Call March 13 to assess the Airbnb threat to hotels and online travel agencies.

7 months ago