Articles tagged “otas”

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.

19 hours 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.

24 hours 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.

2 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach

Skift Backstage Podcast: Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans talk about how the company is trying to build products that meet higher consumer expectations.

1 month ago

Ctrip Needed and Wanted Metasearch, So It Got Skyscanner

Ctrip Needed and Wanted Metasearch, So It Got Skyscanner

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Whether Ctrip overpaid or underpaid is irrelevant. They needed a meta site to position itself as a global player in online travel. The implications for the future of search and travel are huge.

2 months ago

Breaking: Ctrip to Acquire Skyscanner for $1.74 Billion

Breaking: Ctrip to Acquire Skyscanner for $1.74 Billion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip is anxious to expand globally and views the acquisition of Skyscanner as a means to expand Ctrip's international footprint in selling air tickets. Look for Skyscanner to increase its booking capabilities and to evolve beyond search under the Ctrip umbrella.

2 months ago

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Online Travel Agencies Vs. Travel Agents: It’s Getting Personal

Online Travel Agencies Vs. Travel Agents: It’s Getting Personal

Signature Travel Network + Skift

With dozens of online sources available to consumers, travel consultants need the ability to clearly articulate the benefits of consulting an expert.

2 months ago

Ryanair Still Has Unfinished Business With Online Booking Sites

Ryanair Still Has Unfinished Business With Online Booking Sites

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair has made clear that it is not attacking OTAs as a whole but simply wants to see greater pricing transparency. The airline hasn’t always been the best friend of the consumer but in this case it is right to push for a change.

3 months ago

11 Big Editorial Projects From Skift In 2016 You May Have Missed

11 Big Editorial Projects From Skift In 2016 You May Have Missed

Jason Clampet, Skift

Our storytelling ambitions at Skift are growing bigger, and this year we've leaned into these big editorial projects in a big way. The key animating function for us is understanding the big picture around travel that you otherwise won't read in other travel or mainstream media. Expect deeper reporting from us over the coming year as well.

3 months ago