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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

The exterior of a Wangfujing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. Trip.com Group said the high-end hotel sector is propelling its financial results. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn’t hurt Trip.com Group to be based […]

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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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Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Skift Take: With parent company Alphabet generating $79 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020, Google is relentlessly rolling out new travel products. Not to mention, it is dictating content-licensing and advertising terms to cash-strapped partners while a pandemic rages. Enough said. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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U.S.-China Tensions Could Roil Internet Usage Rules, Hurting Online Travel: Booking CEO

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel spoke with CNBC’s Seema Mody on August 7 about the company’s earnings. CNBC Skift Take: All of the world’s consumers and businesses will suffer if governments turn the internet into a “splinternet.” Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is one of rare U.S. public figures to say this out loud. — […]

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Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

A jetty for guest arrivals at the Baros Maldives, a luxury property in the Baros resort island in the Maldives that reopens October 1, 2020. Baros Maldives Skift Take: A hotel price war hasn’t materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a […]

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

A hotel sign as seen on August 29, 2008. Kayak CEO Steve Hafner spoke to Skift on July 20, 2020 about the metasearch site getting into the hotel business. John Stavely / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were […]

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Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

The signage outside Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2020 ruled 8-1 that Booking.com has the right to trademark its brand. Luca Conti / Flickr.com Skift Take: There’s no need to tear down the signage. Booking.com can stick with the brand name that it’s been using for about […]

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Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

The Booking.com logo at a recent Web Summit event. Web Summit Skift Take: Booking.com’s Arjan Dijk gave a feisty interview at Skift Forum Europe, touching on his skepticism about Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s bold predictions about the future of travel, the marketing strategies of his competitors, and whether aid programs for the industry make sense. […]

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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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Booking.com Extends Chairwoman Gillian Tans’ Contract to 2021 in Surprise Move

A Booking.com exhibit at Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal November 5, 2019. Web Summit / Flickr.com Skift Take: Kayak, OpenTable, and Agoda have laid off employees. The flagship brand, Booking.com, initially took Dutch government relief money that forestalled downsizing, but has opted not to extend it. Amid other restructuring moves under way, that means […]