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Articles tagged “otas”

Booking.com CEO: Direct and Third-Party Bookings Can Peacefully Co-Exist

OTAs have had it their own way for a long time but the boss of Booking.com seemed relaxed about the future. Different customers will continue to require different ways to book a room.

2 days ago

Marriott Has Its Sights on Expedia and Priceline Now That Starwood Buy Is Complete

The combination of loyalty and direct booking to battle the OTAs is the greatest power hotels have right now. But in the long-haul, should this be the most important battle for hotels to be fighting?

6 days ago

Expedia In No Rush To Replace Outgoing Northern Europe Boss

It seems Expedia is happy to bide its time to find a replacement for Andy Washington, its managing director for Northern Europe.

2 weeks ago

Lastminute.com Group Buying Spree Won’t Be Over for Awhile

CEO Fabio Cannavale has spent the last few years snapping up companies across Europe and as the company looks to supplement its online travel agency model with a media/advertising business, expect to see more deals in the near future.

2 weeks ago

The Future of Travel Metasearch — Digital Marketing News This Week

With the threat of direct booking, the constant spending by traditional online travel agencies, and the move to mobile, metasearch has been forced to rethink its role in the booking funnel.

3 weeks ago

Chinese Online Booking Giant Ctrip Readies Itself for Global Expansion

Like Chinese travelers, Ctrip is breaking out of its domestic shell and looking to become much more of an international player. There is vast potential for Ctrip still to take advantage of in China and then there is a whole wide world out there too as it begins to service customers outside of China. But can the company tackle both ambitions simultaneously? Ctrip has great partners -- 16,000 of them, actually -- to assist but the partners may also turn out to be formidable competitors, as well.

4 weeks ago

InterContinental Claims Early Success in Latest Direct Booking Push

Growth may be small at this stage but it shows that IHG is making some inroads into cutting its dependency on online travel agencies.

2 months ago

State of Online Travel Agencies: Ctrip Joins Priceline and Expedia as Global Giant

Ctrip continues to be a rising star, indeed. One thing to note is that not all gross bookings are created equal, though. In 2015, Priceline Group dominated Expedia in profitability: Net income of $2.5 billion versus $765 million.

3 months ago

Qunar Gets Offer From Private Equity Firm to Go Private

The tumultuous times in Chinese booking sites continue as brands, investors, and consumers still struggle to fully understand the market.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking Push May Signal Larger Trend in Booking Behavior

Does a dramatic reduction in outbound traffic from online travel agency sites mean they are getting stickier or are they perhaps consciously retaliating against hotel-chain websites for direct-booking campaigns? Or is something else up?

4 months ago

Travel Budgets Have Peaked as Share of Consumer Wallet, Growth to Cool Down

Who will win in the book-direct campaigns by chains such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, and others to steal share from the online travel agencies? The question misses the point and would be better phrased as whether it will it be the hotel chains or online travel agencies that gain the upper hand during which phase of the economic cycle.

4 months ago

Airbnb’s Impact on Online Travel Agencies and Hotels Is Different Than You Thought

The big question on everyone's mind is what will happen if and when the market takes another downturn. And if it does, who will have the upper hand? Airbnb? The online travel agencies? Or the hotels?

4 months ago