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The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, when acquiring Skyscanner, should call up, or at least compare notes with, companies as varied as Sabre, Travelocity, the Priceline Group, and Expedia when mulling the challenges in integrating a new prized possession. These new playthings can in rare cases turn into the success of a Booking.com, but on the other hand they have the potential to wreak havoc.

2 days ago

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In its short history, Skift has talked about the balance of power in travel heading East, whether it is the influence of Chinese travelers, the rise of Ctrip and Alibaba, or the emergence of the Gulf carriers with their luxury long-haul flights. Ctrip's acquisition of Skyscanner is one of those moments that mattered in 2016 and Ctrip's global ambitions are a manifestation of what we have been talking about.

6 days ago

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

The biggest travel players are accustomed to Google's moves and trying their best to adjust and work around them. Missing from this story is the fact that Google's latest moves are making it nearly impossible for all but the smallest number of consumer travel startups to succeed.

2 weeks ago

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Priceline Takes $941 Million Writedown on OpenTable

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There have long been rumblings that the OpenTable acquisition was problematic for the Priceline Group. Now we learn the depth of the problem -- a $941 million impairment charge.

4 weeks ago

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Online Travel Booking Legends: Digital Tools Have Reached a Critical Mass

Jason Clampet, Skift

Everything you need to know about the future of online travel in one two-minute segment.

4 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Leads Funding of Social Dining Service EatWith

TripAdvisor Leads Funding of Social Dining Service EatWith

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Restaurants and other in-destination experiences for locals and travelers will play an increasingly important role in TripAdvisor's future over the next few years. They enable TripAdvisor to diversify away from casual leisure travelers toward restaurant and tour patrons who might book way more frequently.

1 month ago

Can Direct-Booking Campaigns End Up With Both Sides Declaring Victory?

Can Direct-Booking Campaigns End Up With Both Sides Declaring Victory?

Jared Wein, Skift

Direct booking is not really a war where one side must lose. Both the large hotel chains and online travel agencies could wind up better off if they act rationally on pricing.

1 month ago

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If publicly traded companies such as Google are bound by fiduciary duties to shareholders, then Google, which already has one of the largest travel businesses in the world, larger than the Priceline Group, TripAdvisor and Ctrip combined, would be foolhardy to shoot its advertising business in the foot to become an online travel agency.

1 month ago

Priceline Group CEO Search Is Drawing to a Close

Priceline Group CEO Search Is Drawing to a Close

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Glenn Fogel is the heir apparent, even if he is the first time CEO. Fogel knows the company and the industry's competitive dynamics as well as anyone on earth and played a huge role in getting the Group to the top of the heap.

1 month ago

Expedia Plans to Build Facebook Advertising to ‘Google-Like Levels’

Expedia Plans to Build Facebook Advertising to ‘Google-Like Levels’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is getting disrupted on a number of fronts and the emergence of Facebook as a viable advertising alternative -- or supplement, actually -- for Expedia and other big travel advertisers is part of it.

1 month ago

China’s Ctrip Plans to Compete in the U.S. Against Expedia and Booking.com

China’s Ctrip Plans to Compete in the U.S. Against Expedia and Booking.com

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's not around the corner but you can expect China's Ctrip to set up shop to compete against online and offline travel giants in the U.S. Breaking in through acquisition would be an obvious strategy although it's unclear whether that's actually part of Ctrip's seemingly very active strategic plan.

1 month ago

An Argument for Priceline Buying Skyscanner Before Its IPO

An Argument for Priceline Buying Skyscanner Before Its IPO

Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

If you believe that Priceline Group can only go through acquisitions, Skyscanner isn't a bad option. But that's not the only way it can grow.

1 month ago