Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Expedia Group is looking to refinance $3.2 billion in private equity debt at a lower interest rate. Getty Images Skift Take: It’s no accident that Expedia Group disclosed improved booking trends on Monday, and then announced a senior notes offering to refinance the company’s private equity debt a day later. Hey, whether you are a … [Read more…]

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

Singapore Airlines is adding a $12 penalty for bookings made on global distribution systems from next year. Skift Skift Take: It used to be just the European carriers that made bold statements like this against legacy distribution giants. Not anymore. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Air France-KLM struck a private channel agreement with Amadeus in 2018. Airbus SAS Skift Take: The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won’t be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to … [Read more…]

Behind the Lens: How Google’s Street View Traveler Is Capturing the World’s Most Iconic Places

Valentina Frassi, a program manager for Google Street View, poses with one of the company’s cameras on a trolley during the launch of a gallery at the Science Museum in London in 2016 in partnership with Google Arts and Culture. Google Skift Take: Business travel is often dreaded by perpetual road warriors, but that’s not … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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…]

India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

The Jal Mahal Palace near Jaipur, which is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. Sayan Nath / Unsplash Skift Take: One wonders whether some travel companies like MakeMyTrip Group must rethink parts of their business during the pandemic. They may continue to struggle to pay out millions in refunds to customers due to … [Read more…]

Trip.com Group’s New Recovery Campaign Shows Tourism Leaders Still Long for China’s Outbound Travelers

Ctrip.com Group CEO Jane Sun launching Travel On. Photo credit: Trip.com Group Skift Take: World tourism leaders make a beeline for this new initiative to get people, especially the world’s highest spending tourists, to travel again. Kudos to Trip.com Group for picking up the mantle to unite the global industry. — Raini Hamdi Read the … [Read more…]

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

A file photo of the Roister Restaurant in Chicago. OpenTable and Kayak brought back in mid-June around 10 percent of the employees they furloughed nearly a couple of months earlier. Roister Restaurant Skift Take: If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a … [Read more…]