Articles tagged “otas”

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to Google and its hotels redesign, few things are all or nothing. TripAdvisor can worry that Google now has more traveler photos and reviews, but some of them are from TripAdvisor. Hotel websites and phone numbers get featured, but clicking on a book button brings customers to an online travel agency site. In travel, it's never winner take all.

2 weeks ago

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The biggest knock on the online travel agencies these days is that the competition is intense and that their golden years are done. Expedia's Mark Okerstrom counters that his company has a single-digit share of a $1.6 trillion market, and he's going wide and deep to pick up more. The jury is still out.

3 weeks ago

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.

2 months 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?

2 months 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.

2 months 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 months 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.

3 months 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.

5 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.

6 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?

7 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.

8 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.

8 months ago