Articles tagged “tripadvisor”

TripAdvisor Expands Subscription Business Into Restaurants

TripAdvisor Expands Subscription Business Into Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While investors and observers are rightfully focused on how TripAdvisor's transition to a hotel booking site will work out, the company has some meaningful hedges in the form of vacation rentals, tours and activities, and restaurants. Collecting monthly and annual fees is a very material part of the overall business and will likely become even more so.

2 days ago

Expedia and TripAdvisor Separately Kill 2 Brands That Were Once Sister Companies

Expedia and TripAdvisor Separately Kill 2 Brands That Were Once Sister Companies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In 2008, Venere became Expedia's great hope in Europe to play catch-up and take on Booking.com's dominance. Whether it was a lack of execution or Booking.com's scale advantages being too imposing to overcome, that dynamic never came to fruition.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Holdout Hilton Joins Its Instant Booking Program

TripAdvisor Holdout Hilton Joins Its Instant Booking Program

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hilton's decision to enroll in TripAdvisor Instant Booking while the chain is dedicating huge resources into convincing consumers to book direct on Hilton sites is an admission that it needs third-party distributors. TripAdvisor is a favored partner for the moment because it's cheaper than Expedia and the Priceline Group for the chain.

2 weeks ago

Exclusive: Viator Officials Depart as TripAdvisor Installs Vacation Rental Execs as Replacements

Exclusive: Viator Officials Depart as TripAdvisor Installs Vacation Rental Execs as Replacements

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer has decided to make dramatic changes in the leadership of the company's attractions business, and that's not unusual for an acquiring company. Still, the move to import executives from the company's vacation rentals business to run a leading tours and activities business isn't exactly being welcomed with open arms by the rank and file.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Testing, Learning and Confusing

TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Testing, Learning and Confusing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Operators of online travel websites, if they know what they are doing, never finish testing and learning, and always consider their products works in progress. TripAdvisor officials are obviously in no hurry to settle Instant Booking into a consistent user interface that won't confuse the hell out of consumers because they want to perfect it first. Public company or not, they are in no rush despite investor impatience.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Finally Joins TripAdvisor Instant Booking

Expedia Finally Joins TripAdvisor Instant Booking

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor has been struggling but it is a testament to its continued power as a marketing vehicle that Expedia Inc. felt compelled to participate in TripAdvisor Instant Booking even though Expedia controls its own TripAdvisor wannabe. It's called Trivago. A newly anointed public company, Trivago's growth could one day be an Expedia hedge against TripAdvisor's clout, although Trivago isn't there yet.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Wants Corporate Tools for Consumers — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

TripAdvisor Wants Corporate Tools for Consumers — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

TripAdvisor's investment into Traxo isn't a huge surprise when you consider the challenge of itinerary management for consumer travel companies selling a variety of different products in one place.

1 month ago

Are Google Reviews Poised to Beat TripAdvisor at Its Own Game?

Are Google Reviews Poised to Beat TripAdvisor at Its Own Game?

Martin Soler and Daniel E. Craig, Skift

Google has fought and annoyed TripAdvisor and Yelp for years when it comes to user reviews. The search giant obviously has the scale to compete and is now putting new emphasis on its own user reviews, but it has to prove it has the focus to upend the review balance of power.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Leads $5.2 Million Traxo Funding in Business Travel Push

TripAdvisor Leads $5.2 Million Traxo Funding in Business Travel Push

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As TripAdvisor evolves into more of a booking site than it is today, it makes total sense over the long term for it to get increasingly interested in corporate travel. Business travelers yearn for that elusive perfect trip, too.

1 month ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: TripAdvisor CEO on Setting Realistic Expectations

Skift Backstage Podcast: TripAdvisor CEO on Setting Realistic Expectations

Hannah Sampson, Skift

TripAdvisor's CEO says many of the experiences that make up a trip are still ripe for reviewing. Brace yourselves, museum audio tour providers.

1 month ago

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Dave Montali, Skift

While the world is transitioning to mobile, there are still issues to work on when it comes to monetizing mobile search.

1 month ago

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 months ago