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. … [Read more…]

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, … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

European Travel Ban Came Too Late and 11 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift covered the tardiness of banning European travel to the United States, Airbnb and Trivago’s workforce cuts, staycations, Hilton’s views on … [Read more…]

Are the Views of the CEOs of Tripadvisor and Booking Holdings Sage or Stale for Travel Post-Pandemic?

Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer (left) and Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel appeared separately at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2019. Skift Skift Take: Surprises will inevitably pop up that Glenn Fogel, Steve Kaufer, and others can’t envision now about what the travel industry may look like in 2022 and beyond. So … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Sees First Signs of Changing Traveler Behavior Brought on by Pandemic

Booking Holdings saw travel rebounding in Vietnam (shown here), China, South Korea and Germany in April 2020. This is a file photo of Anam Villas, Nha Trang, Vietnam, a member of Worldhotels. Worldhotels Skift Take: Will it be hotels or alternative accommodations that bounce back first? Booking Holdings officials said they see a shift toward … [Read more…]

Travel’s Paralysis Will Hurt Google’s Advertising Business in Coming Months

Pictured is a Google office. The company forecasts a difficult second quarter for its advertising business. Associated Press Skift Take: Google’s advertising business slowed in March as the pandemic kicked in globally. The second quarter, which ends in June, could be worse, and travel advertisers doing everything they can to conserve cash will be one … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Admits to Having Critical Failures Even Before the Pandemic

A Booking.com video shows the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Booking Holdings said it isn’t making fast enough progress in the United States. Booking.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings hired a new marketing chief in 2019 because it knew that its brand marketing in the U.S. was falling short, particularly against household name Expedia. Booking … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Glenn Fogel, who is the CEO and president of Booking Holdings, spoke at Skift Global Forum on September 18, 2019, with Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. Skift Skift Take: Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said he “feels fine” after testing positive for coronavirus. As a public company, Booking Holdings prudently disclosed the diagnosis in a financial … [Read more…]