Articles tagged “otas”

Lastminute.com Looks To U.S. For Metasearch Growth

Lastminute.com Looks To U.S. For Metasearch Growth

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It seems odd and a stretch that such a European-focused brand would be gaining traction in the U.S. Will Lastminute.com now be able to scale its business and compete with the sector’s heavy hitters?

4 days ago

Four Small Online Travel Companies That Are Going International

Four Small Online Travel Companies That Are Going International

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Venture capital firms are turbo-charging the European expansion of the Dutch group Otravo and the French startup MisterFly. Elsewhere, Rehlat and Jumia Travel are taking flight.

2 weeks ago

5 Key Priceline Earnings Numbers That Show Why It’s Leaping Ahead

5 Key Priceline Earnings Numbers That Show Why It’s Leaping Ahead

Jared Wein, Skift

The Priceline Group continues to put up strong growth numbers despite its large size. Its massive advertising budget combined with improving conversion and growing inventory position the company to take further share of online and offline bookings.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Still Bullish on Orbitz Despite Missteps

Expedia Still Bullish on Orbitz Despite Missteps

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In the long-run, Expedia will have gained by acquiring Orbitz because of its brand recognition, effective loyalty program, and list of corporate deals. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is especially optimistic about taking Orbitz's private label functionality and bringing it to the flagship Expedia brand later this year.

1 month ago

Expedia CEO Defends His Portfolio Despite Rivals’ Recent Acquisitions

Expedia CEO Defends His Portfolio Despite Rivals’ Recent Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia's CEO says his company has momentum moving into 2017, although we heard him express similar sentiments over the last two quarters and any surge wasn't particularly noticeable. This will likely be another transition year as Expedia's HomeAway gets more digital and Trivago feels its oats as a public company.

1 month ago

Google Earnings Show Booking Sites Face Ongoing Advertising Headwinds

Google Earnings Show Booking Sites Face Ongoing Advertising Headwinds

Jared Wein, Skift

Google continues to churn out strong revenue growth numbers despite its massive size. There was little direct mention of travel on Google’s earnings call, but a few metrics give us insights into likely online travel agency earnings season and the broader online travel ecosystem.

2 months ago

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

Last summer, Expedia opened a user-experience lab in London, similar to the one at its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. While a reporter researches a trip, a computer tracks their eye movement and electromyography sensors track their facial reactions.

2 months ago

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While plenty of European travel companies have struggled to cope in a difficult operating environment, On the Beach has prospered. In an uncertain world, its flexible approach to holidays means that it is able to take advantage without some of the risk that others face.

2 months ago

Airbnb Is Becoming an Even Bigger Threat to Hotels Says a New Report

Airbnb Is Becoming an Even Bigger Threat to Hotels Says a New Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

Although much focus as of late has been on Airbnb's ability to become a new kind of online travel agency, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a major disruptor to the traditional hotel industry, too.

3 months ago

Airbnb Flights: Should It Build, Buy or Borrow an Airline Booking Service?

Airbnb Flights: Should It Build, Buy or Borrow an Airline Booking Service?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A prudent strategy for Airbnb might be to initially partner with an online travel agency in an affiliate relationship so it can access flights for its customers. In that way, Airbnb could test whether its users want to book flights on the site without taking the big risks involved in making a large acquisition, which could always come later.

3 months ago

Airbnb Is Really Building A Flight Search Engine, May Buy An Online Booking Site For It

Airbnb Is Really Building A Flight Search Engine, May Buy An Online Booking Site For It

Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Turns out it is more than a trial balloon, after the announcement of possible flight search at Airbnb Open last month. The margins are tiny in flight search, not sure why it would be better than any other OTA, other than it has lots of traffic coming to Airbnb.

3 months ago

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Lauren Hirsch, Reuters

Trivago's IPO priced lower than its hoped-for range because investors weren't happy with its high advertising spend and low profitability. But it's not all Trivago's fault: It hasn't been a great year for tech IPOs, either.

3 months ago