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Can Tripadvisor’s Grand Strategy Experiment Set It Apart?

Skift Take: Give Tripadvisor credit for its attempts mid-pandemic to diversify its various revenue streams at a time when Google is rising. But the latest push to get price-conscious travelers to book their entire trips on Tripadvisor will be a tough sell. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Amazon Barriers to Entry and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Amazon debuted virtual tours, and also has a domestic flights partnership in India. Amazon Skift Take: In Skift’s top travel stories this week, we covered Amazon’s debut of virtual tours, Airbnb reinstating suspended listings from Domio, the prospect of hotel defaults, and JetBlue founder David Neeleman delaying the launch of his new airline. — Dennis […]

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Booking Holdings Is Holding Its Own Amidst the Wreckage But Then There’s Google

A screenshot from a 2019 Booking.com video, Booking.com Careers: Expand Horizons. Skift Take: The Skift Health Score ranked Booking Holdings as the overall leader in August among 100 public travel companies but the entire travel industry faces grave uncertainties. Then there’s that little search engine Google, which has an even larger travel business than Booking. […]

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Airbnb to Activist Investor Bill Ackman Offering to Help It Go Public: Thanks, but No Thanks

Airbnb’s offices. Executives have decided for now to not take up Bill Ackman on his offer to help them take Airbnb public. Skift Skift Take: Airbnb has options for going public, and anything can change, but the roadmap currently points to a traditional public offering as the most-likely scenario. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete […]

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Shifting Google Dance Partners and 9 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals in a blog post on March 26, 2019. Google Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift looked at the shifting lineup in Google vacation rentals, Airbnb’s ambitions, what a prospective merger between IHG and Accor might look like, and how Croatia’s tourism experiment is working […]

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Last Blockbuster limited Airbnb

If you wandered through the dreams of ‘90s kids around the country, you’d probably find yourself amid aisles of blue, yellow, and white VHS boxes as far as the eye can see. In Bend, Oregon, that dream is becoming a reality. Sandi Harding operates the very last Blockbuster store in the US, and now she’s […]

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Best cozy Airbnbs in New York 2020

2020 would be much better if we all just retreated to the woods, hunkered down in a cabin, and lost ourselves in a book until someone told us it’s safe to come out again. You probably can’t afford to disappear for several months, but a cozy weekend getaway is still very much on the table. […]

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Budapest regulating Airbnb stays

Budapest is the latest in a string of European capitals to impose restrictions on Airbnb rentals, which are largely held responsible for the overtourism problem major European cities have been experiencing since the home-sharing platform launched in 2008. The Hungarian capital approved new legislation on Tuesday that will help limit the number of days hosts […]

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Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Pictured is a Spring Airlines A320 bedecked as Booking.com as seen on July 7, 2018. Booking Holdings doesn’t have a financial relief program for travel partners growing out of the coronavirus crisis. Kwok Ho Eddie Wong / Flickr.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings may be calculating that partner memories aren’t exceedingly long. On the other hand, […]

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Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

A file photo of TripAdvisor users in Cartagena, Colombia from a video 5 Rising Destinations in Latin America to Discover. Tripadvisor Skift Take: The liability protections that online travel businesses such as Airbnb, Google and Tripadvisor enjoy under the Communications Decency Act could be collateral damage in President Trump’s effort to go after Twitter and […]