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Articles tagged “otas”

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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Anxiety Vs. Mindfulness in the Battle for Travelers’ Attentions

Anxiety Vs. Mindfulness in the Battle for Travelers’ Attentions

Colin Nagy, Skift

Some travel brands have mastered the art of using FOMO to get us to buy right now. But there's value for some travelers in missing out, at least on the anxiety.

2 months ago

Expedia Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence for Customer Service

Expedia Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence for Customer Service

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There has been serious talk about artificial intelligence in travel for the past couple of years. While Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wasn't talking about implementing artificial intelligence for customer service in the next quarter or two, be assured that Expedia and others are working on it hard.

2 months ago

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Jason Clampet, Skift

Moral of the story about the early years of online travel? Not to over-simplify, but be prepared to take risks, feel free to contradict conventional wisdom, and assemble the best damn team that you can.

2 months ago

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

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

Patrick Whyte, Skift

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 months ago

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

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

Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg

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?

2 months ago

Expedia In No Rush To Replace Outgoing Northern Europe Boss

Expedia In No Rush To Replace Outgoing Northern Europe Boss

Patrick Whyte, Skift

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

3 months ago

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

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

Patrick Whyte, Skift

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.

3 months ago