Articles tagged “tripadvisor”

Airbnb Could Be Worth More Than Any Hotel Company

Airbnb Could Be Worth More Than Any Hotel Company

Deanna Ting, Skift

The battle between Airbnb and Booking (and everyone else in online travel) is just beginning.

5 days ago

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer is ordinarily far from being the most-compensated CEO in online travel. This year represented an unusual payout for him. But Skift's annual survey reveals that most online travel CEOs are often more handsomely compensated than what the top bosses in other industries receive, on average.

2 months ago

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Yelp's efforts to see tighter regulation of Google's business practices could have more success this time around than several years ago, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dropped the ball. European Union regulators have really cast the previous U.S. effort in a shameful light, and the Trump team may be more sympathetic than the Obama administration.

2 months ago

TripAdvisor CEO Doubles Estimate of Attractions Business to $2 Billion

TripAdvisor CEO Doubles Estimate of Attractions Business to $2 Billion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The tours and activities sector is not hotels 2.0. It's a massive business opportunity, though. TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer estimated it will be about half the size of the hotel sector, with similar take rates. That's indeed very substantial.

2 months ago

Traveler Behavior Is Still the Biggest Impediment to TripAdvisor’s Tours and Activities Business

Traveler Behavior Is Still the Biggest Impediment to TripAdvisor’s Tours and Activities Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Should there be TripAdvisor booths at big tourist attractions in Paris, New York, Las Vegas and Rome? It might not be a bad idea to explore to attract the business of travelers who like to book attractions offline. Would it scale? Expedia does it, but the numbers crunchers would have to figure it all out.

2 months ago

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

TripAdvisor Q1 Shows Some Positives Although Core Hotel Business Is Still Tough Going

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Beyond all the financial razzmatazz, TripAdvisor's core hotel business is still under pressure while the much smaller experiences and restaurant businesses are growing nicely — although not profitably at this point. If TripAdvisor can hang on while these non-core businesses mature, then its outlook would be much brighter.

3 months ago

Expedia Sold More Than $500 Million in Tours and Activities in 2017

Expedia Sold More Than $500 Million in Tours and Activities in 2017

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia's half-billion dollars of online sales may seem large. But it's a tiny sum in the context of the company's overall sales. It is still early days for the online management and distribution of activities, despite the recent frenzy of startup acquisition.

3 months ago

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Large travel corporations can't seem to get enough of the tours and activities space. It's one to watch as the year unfolds. Deals can be a great way to get a foot in the door, but don't forget to make sure there is a strategic fit — and, of course, that the price is right.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Buys Tours and Activities Tech Provider Bokun as Connectivity Race Heats Up

TripAdvisor Buys Tours and Activities Tech Provider Bokun as Connectivity Race Heats Up

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We said there would be more consolidation in the tours and activities space, and the ink was hardly dry when TripAdvisor announced the acquisition of Bokun. This enables TripAdvisor to provide an end-to-end solution without having to rely on third party vendors to bring tours and activities suppliers on board.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Attractions Unit Will Rebrand as Experiences

TripAdvisor Attractions Unit Will Rebrand as Experiences

Dennis Schaal, Skift

And the winner is ... "experiences." It's a trendy way these days to refer to what formerly were known as tours and activities or attractions. Following Airbnb and Booking.com, TripAdvisor's new business unit will be called TripAdvisor Experiences. Breathing is an experience and living is an experience. Does the name du jour really reflect tour and activities offerings?

3 months ago

TripAdvisor CEO Bullish on Giving Hotels New Ad Path to Top of Listings

TripAdvisor CEO Bullish on Giving Hotels New Ad Path to Top of Listings

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Hotels — 10,000 of them — have voted with their feet, or advertising budgets, that is, and are trying out TripAdvisor's new sponsored listings program. The bottom line is the success or failure of the program will depend on how it impacts advertisers' bottom lines.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor and Expedia Pull TV Ads in Boycott of Laura Ingraham’s Fox Show

TripAdvisor and Expedia Pull TV Ads in Boycott of Laura Ingraham’s Fox Show

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kudos to TripAdvisor and Expedia for doing the right thing in helping encourage civil discourse. Whatever one thinks about the gun policy debate, picking on a teenager's personal musings about college applications unrelated to the topic at hand is out of bounds.

4 months ago