Booking Holdings Sees Brand Collaborations as Key to Restoring Growth on Steroids

Booking Holdings believes it can gain a more complete view of travelers at the airport or in their destinations to boost the number of repeat customers. Medjet Skift Take: The road back to a flywheel of growth would be a lengthy one for Booking Holdings. Google has a ton of data, too, as do other … [Read more…]

Agoda Is Starting to Offer Flights to Take On Rivals in Asia

Agoda’s office entrance. Skift Take: Flights are the next big thing for all of Booking Holdings’ accommodation platforms, not just Booking.com but Agoda and Priceline in Asia. In the region, where super-apps have taught consumers they can book everything on one app, and where even airlines want to be online travel agencies, it isn’t surprising … [Read more…]

Trivago Could Kill Controversial Ad Feature That Caused Its Fortunes to Plummet

The facade and logo outside Trivago headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany. Trivago is trying to improve its relationships with its largest advertisers. Trivago Skift Take: Trivago is trying to make peace with its largest advertisers, especially the biggest, Booking Holdings. These peace overtures seem to be working for now, but metasearch and advertising can be very … [Read more…]

WebBeds, Agoda Rush to Serve New Generation of Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi

Quba Mosque, a mosque in the outlying environs of Medina, Saudi Arabia. Mohamod Fasil, Flickr. Skift Take: Saudi Arabia is expanding its infrastructure to support 15 million Umrah visitors a year by 2020, and 30 million by 2030. WebBeds and Agoda are two major Asian players that are jostling for position in the promising niche. … [Read more…]

Agoda CEO: Online Travel Is Becoming Like the Game of Thrones

Agoda CEO John Brown speaking with Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore on May 27, 2019. Brown likened online travel in Asia to Game of Thrones. Richard Lai / Skift Skift Take: Agoda has been an online travel leader in Asia for more than a decade. CEO John Brown doesn’t … [Read more…]

Grab Enters Travel Booking With Hotels Now and Flights Next

Grab’s head of product and design, Jerald Singh, unveils four new services, including hotels booking. Raini Hamdi / Skift Skift Take: In the face of a fast-growing and innovative rival, Grab’s foray into travel, starting with hotels, could give it an edge over archrival Go-Jek, which does not do travel — yet. — Raini Hamdi … [Read more…]