Articles tagged “otas”

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.

6 days 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.

2 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago

New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct for a Hotel

New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct for a Hotel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Maybe it really is better to keep clicking around if you're hoping to save money (and you don't want to be a member of a hotel loyalty program).

1 month ago

Exclusive: Hyatt Signs Deal With Booking.com as Hedge Against Expedia Impasse

Exclusive: Hyatt Signs Deal With Booking.com as Hedge Against Expedia Impasse

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As their contract expiration deadline looms, Hyatt and Expedia are maneuvering for position with Hyatt property owners. The new Hyatt-Booking.com agreement gives Hyatt some leverage but it likely wouldn't fully make up all the ground if the chain goes completely dark on Expedia.

1 month ago

Lastminute.com Group CEO: We Consider Ourselves a Media Company

Lastminute.com Group CEO: We Consider Ourselves a Media Company

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's clear from his answers that Fabio Cannavale will keep looking to buy more companies. He thinks there are plenty of companies for sale and he's got some cash on hand.

2 months ago

The Direct Booking War Is a Myth, at Least in Europe

The Direct Booking War Is a Myth, at Least in Europe

Skift, Patrick Whyte

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the U.S. isn't shorthand for the whole world. The fragmented market in Europe and elsewhere makes it much harder for hotels to try and increase direct bookings.

3 months ago

You Can Now Fly Long-Haul With Ryanair, Sort of

You Can Now Fly Long-Haul With Ryanair, Sort of

Thomas Gualtieri and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair is hoping to beat the online agents at their own game by making its website a one-stop-shop for all things travel. Offering a small number of flights with other carriers is a start but it will need to have more of everything if it ever wants to take even the smallest chunk out of Expedia and Booking.com.

3 months ago

China’s HNA Invested $28 Million to Start a U.S. Online Travel Agency and Abruptly Closed It

China’s HNA Invested $28 Million to Start a U.S. Online Travel Agency and Abruptly Closed It

Dennis Schaal, Skift

HNA Group tried to enter the U.S. online travel agency market through Travana/Janbala and abruptly had a change of heart either because the startup didn't know what it was doing or because of some other dynamic in the opaque world of Chinese investors. Consider this a slight bump in the road.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor Instant Booking Gets Very Personal

TripAdvisor Instant Booking Gets Very Personal

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor is getting more sophisticated about prodding customers to book hotels on TripAdvisor or to more effectively refer them to partner sites. In an apparently modified strategy, TripAdvisor is finding religion in being agnostic about where its users book hotels.

4 months ago

Hostelworld Seeks to Better Define a Community Amidst Declining Revenue

Hostelworld Seeks to Better Define a Community Amidst Declining Revenue

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The experiential side of hostel travel is one of the main reasons people use them, so Hostelworld’s new strategy makes sense.

5 months ago

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?

5 months ago