What Barry Diller Told Anxious Expedia Workers About the Future

Barry Diller, shown here in an earlier photo, addressed Expedia workers at the Seattle headquarters on Dec. 19, 2019. JD Lascia / Flickr Skift Take: Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller flew to Seattle to rally the troops. His message to all the employees around the world was, in essence, the sun will rise tomorrow at … [Read more…]

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Expedia Group senior executive Barry Diller is searching for a CEO to replace Mark Okerstrom. Diller is shown November 14, 2019 at the company’s partner conference in Las Vegas. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Facing intense competition and a company in disarray, the Expedia Group board and senior executive Barry Diller have … [Read more…]

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

In 2017, eDreams Odiego moved into new offices in Barcelona designed by Vimworks. The company is pushing its new Prime subscription product. Vimworks Skift Take: EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a … [Read more…]

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Pictured is a screengrab from a Kayak video about trip-planning. Kayak and OpenTable are highlighting their ties to Booking.com to heighten Booking.com’s appear in the United States. Kayak Skift Take: Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is … [Read more…]

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…]

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Pictured is the tail of a Ryanair plane. Booking.com launched flight bookings in seven European countries. Ryanair Skift Take: The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn’t seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com’s evolution from … [Read more…]

Prince Harry Launches Sustainable Travel Initiative With TripAdvisor, Booking.com

The Duke of Sussex with representatives of TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Ctrip, Visa, Skyscanner. Travalyst/TripAdvisor Skift Take: Prince Harry is now applying his environmental activism to the industry of travel. While the efficacy of this initiative won’t be determined for a long time yet, he’s certainly succeeded in getting some big names on board. — Rosie Spinks … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Need for Urgency Under New Exec Structure

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel wants to speed up the pace of execution at the company. BTO / Flickr Skift Take: Booking Holdings, along with Expedia Group, have both had to deal with acquisitions and integrations that have been taking too long. Booking officials are undoubtedly frustrated with the pace of progress at OpenTable and … [Read more…]

Booking Quietly Taps Google Heavy Hitter to Lead Marketing in Exec Reorg

Arjan Dijk, a former Google executie, is the new chief marketing officer at Booking.com. Skift Take: Glenn Fogel adding CEO to his Booking.com title as Gillian Tans transitioned to a one-year chairwoman role was not the only element of the management shakeup at the parent company’s largest brand in June. The executive changes were more … [Read more…]