Articles tagged “otas”

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia isn't done trying to grow; that would be suicide for any public company. Instead, Expedia argues it can best spur growth by digging in deeper in countries where it already operates rather than expanding its map. The new strategy boils down to a question of priorities, and could change again in coming years.

1 week ago

Expedia Signs Loyalty Program Enrollment Deal With Motel 6 Parent

Expedia Signs Loyalty Program Enrollment Deal With Motel 6 Parent

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia penned its second loyalty-enrollment agreement with a hotel chain, but like the previous pact with Red Lion's parent, the G6 Hospitality deal isn't any kind of game-changer for Expedia as it tries to soften the effects of the the big chains' direct-booking campaigns.

1 week ago

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Regionally focused online travel success stories are as rare as rhinos in the wild these days. But this merger of two South African players may help an endangered species — independent-booking players — keep thriving in a market where so much is dominated by the global duopoly, the Priceline Group and Expedia.

1 week ago

eDreams Claims Being Transparent Is Actually Good Business

eDreams Claims Being Transparent Is Actually Good Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Who’d have thought not annoying your customers was good for business? On the other hand, the supposed turnaround just happens to fit in nicely with a potential sales process.

2 weeks ago

Blockchain for Hotel Distribution Will Come Down to the Economics

Blockchain for Hotel Distribution Will Come Down to the Economics

Luke Bujarski, Skift Research

Decentralized applications for hotel distribution will soon live side-by-side with existing channels.

2 weeks ago

JetBlue Airways Drops a Dozen Online Travel Agencies in Cost-Cutting Move

JetBlue Airways Drops a Dozen Online Travel Agencies in Cost-Cutting Move

Brian Sumers, Skift

On its own, this is no big deal. Not many people book JetBlue tickets on Vegas.com or whatscheaper.com. But JetBlue called this phase one, so we'll be watching closely to see the airline's next step.

2 months ago

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Mohammad Gaber, Skift

The online travel agencies — as the Apex Predators and beneficiaries at the top of the current distribution scheme — aren't likely to rush in to invest in a technology that democratizes access to travel content.

2 months ago

Priceline Bought Momondo and That Was Far Different From Ctrip’s Skyscanner Acquisition

Priceline Bought Momondo and That Was Far Different From Ctrip’s Skyscanner Acquisition

Jared Wein, Skift

Priceline's acquisition of Momondo strengthens Kayak in regions where it had less market share, including the UK, Nordics, and Russia. Keeping Momondo out of the hands of a rival, or a potential one, also protects the Kayak brand and Priceline as a whole.

3 months ago

Hostelworld Has Ambitions to Complement Bookings With a Sense of Community

Hostelworld Has Ambitions to Complement Bookings With a Sense of Community

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Now that Hostelworld has largely finished integrating Hostelbookers, it can turn its attention to developing features that would make it more relevant to users during their travels. None of the initiatives are exactly game-changing, but what the company is hoping is that it will make travelers more likely to click on its app rather than that of a competitor.

4 months ago

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Follow the money — at your own risk, of course. These two hedge funds are putting their money in airline and online travel agency stocks, often investing in competitors. Rising tides lift all boats, after all.

4 months ago

Can TripAdvisor Blame Its Hotel-Bidding Slump on Expedia or Priceline?

Can TripAdvisor Blame Its Hotel-Bidding Slump on Expedia or Priceline?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor is still a must-have marketing channel for online travel agency and hotel advertisers. But if the Priceline Group and Expedia tilt their spend more toward other marketing vehicles, there aren't a lot of other players with the marketing resources they have to make TripAdvisor whole.

4 months ago

Expedia’s Heavy Hand Is Working for HomeAway

Expedia’s Heavy Hand Is Working for HomeAway

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia doesn't really care about the noise coming from some disgruntled vacation rental owners. The company is focused on scaling HomeAway's vacation rental business, and having online bookable properties is the formula for the future.

5 months ago