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Essential news about Expedia, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and the leading online travel brands. Our editors and journalists bring readers breaking news and exclusive reports from the sector.

Online Travel

Summer Subscriptions Surge Puts eDreams Odigeo on Pathway to Recovery

The Spanish online booking group has added 500,000 subscribers in the past three months. This may be the surest validation of the model the travel industry has seen to date.

Summer Subscriptions Surge Puts eDreams Odigeo on Pathway to Recovery

Hotels

Brazil’s Miles-Based Flight Seller MaxMilhas Buys a Hotel Discounter

Many bootstrapped travel companies may prove more innovative than venture-backed ones during the pandemic. MaxMilhas is an example, given its distinctive approaches to selling flights and hotels.

Brazil’s Miles-Based Flight Seller MaxMilhas Buys a Hotel Discounter

Online Travel

Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia

These sorts of fines, like the one in Russia, are almost inconsequential to a company the size of Booking.com. Still, the company wants to be in good standing in a country as large as Russia.

Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia

Coronavirus

AirAsia Launches Ridesharing Through Superapp in Latest Digital Push

AirAsia isn't backing down from the intense competition of superapps and ridesharing in Southeast Asia. Can an airline really become a digital lifestyle brand powerhouse? AirAsia is going all out to prove the skeptics wrong.

AirAsia Launches Ridesharing Through Superapp in Latest Digital Push
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Hotels

Executive Q&A: Hotelbeds Looks Toward Travel’s Frictionless Future

With digitization continuing to transform the travel and hospitality industry, SkiftX chats with Hotelbeds’ CEO Nicolas Huss on his vision for the future of frictionless travel.

Executive Q&A: Hotelbeds Looks Toward Travel’s Frictionless Future

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Plus Offers Plenty of Chain Hotels Even If It Is Short on Brand Agreements

Consider Tripadvisor's excruciating marketing decisions: It wants to shout to the world that travelers can save hundreds of dollars on a Hilton or Marriott booking for their next trip when enrolled in the subscription program, Tripadvisor Plus. But that's going to piss off Hilton and Marriott.

Tripadvisor Plus Offers Plenty of Chain Hotels Even If It Is Short on Brand Agreements

Online Travel

Expedia and Airbnb Split on Travel’s Future and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top travel stories this week, we covered the Expedia CEO's take on Airbnb, the Hyatt-Apple Leisure deal, two online travel veterans launching a hotel distribution network, the unpaid fines of unruly flyers, among other topics.

Expedia and Airbnb Split on Travel’s Future and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Online Travel

Despegar’s Strength in Mexico and Colombia Helps Blunt Pandemic Impact

Argentina-based Despegar has broadened its geographic reach through acquisitions, and that has enabled the company to boast that seasonality factor has been eliminated from the business. While that statement is a stretch, it will be great for the company to take advantage of Mexico summers while Brazil winters.

Despegar’s Strength in Mexico and Colombia Helps Blunt Pandemic Impact

Online Travel

Online Travel’s Localization Quandary

Traveloka knows how to go local in Indonesia and some other countries in the region, and that's one element of its traction in these markets. But can local ever be too local when online travel agencies mull international expansion?

Online Travel’s Localization Quandary

Online Travel

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Sees Airbnb as ‘One-Dimensional’

Peter Kern is correct that Expedia Group currently offers broader travel services than do Airbnb and Booking Holdings, but whether Expedia can gain ground on its rivals and can execute on its strategy are entirely different questions.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Sees Airbnb as ‘One-Dimensional’

Mergers and Acquisitions

6 Expedia and Booking Online Travel Takeaways From Latest Financial Reports

While much of the talk these days is about digital nomads and remote workers, both Expedia Group and Booking Holdings have doubled down on commitments to brick and mortar headquarters. Which could mean that there may be real offices again after the pandemic.

6 Expedia and Booking Online Travel Takeaways From Latest Financial Reports

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Plus’ New Text Service Lacks the Human Touch

Tripadvisor's travel-planning help by text for Tripadvisor Plus subscribers plays to the company's strengths — user reviews and a global roster of hotels, restaurants and things to do listings. It really can't compete, though, with a real travel agent who has visited the destination and knows the hotel general manager personally.

Tripadvisor Plus’ New Text Service Lacks the Human Touch