What’s Behind Barry Diller’s Patient Approach to Expedia?

Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp and chairman of Expedia Group, spoke during the WSJ D.Live global technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on October 17, 2017. Diller has been making changes at Expedia Group. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg Skift Take: It increasingly looks like what we expected will happen … [Read more…]

Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

Shown here is Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts. TripAdvisor Skift Take: Flush with SoftBank and other venture capital money, GetYourGuide and Klook, as well as Airbnb and Booking.com, are nipping at Tripadvisor’s heels in tours and activities. Tripadvisor will try to leverage its brand, Viator, which already had a following before Tripadvisor absorbed it, … [Read more…]

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Los Angeles International Airport gets passenger screening enhancements. Pictured is a United Airlines bag drop. Google is dropping the charges it asked airlines to pay in Google Flights. United Continental Holdings Skift Take: With potential pressure from U.S. regulatory authorities and perhaps displeasure from airlines, Google is making the biggest change to the way it … [Read more…]

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Airbnb won’t be at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, but it had a few things to same about the 2020 theme of stakeholder capitalism. Visual Hunt Skift Take: Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of … [Read more…]

Hipmunk Co-Founders Spurned by SAP Concur in Attempt to Buy Back the Company

Hipmunk co-founders Adam Goldstein (left) and Steve Huffman tired to buy back the company from Concur. Hipmunk Skift Take: It isn’t very unusual for a company like Hipmunk to get acquired and then to fade into oblivion in the clutches of a much larger corporation. That’s the way it goes in the heartless mergers-and-acquisitions game. … [Read more…]

Latin America’s Despegar Wants to Double Bookings by 2025: How Realistic Is That?

Despegar CEO Damián Scokin spoke at a company town hall in Buenos Aires in December 2019. Despegar Skift Take: Despegar doesn’t follow the same playbook as the global online travel players. Charting its own path has worked for the Latin American agency. Expect Despegar to make a strategic acquisition this year to support its heady … [Read more…]

Latin America’s Biggest Travel Company Isn’t Despegar or Booking

Pictured is a vineyard and the volcano Aconcagua Cordillera, part of the Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. Brazil-based travel company CVC Corp. closed a $77 million acquisition of Buenos Aires-based Almundo in November 2019. Kseniya Ragozina / Adobe Skift Take: Brazil’s CVC Corp.’s purchase of Argentina’s Almundo is a strategic move … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor’s Liability Issue and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A decorative wall at TripAdvisor’s Needham, Massachusetts, headquarters. The company is being sued over injuries allegedly sustained on a camel ride tour in Morocco. TripAdvisor Skift Take: This week in digital news, a lawsuit against TripAdvisor tests the limits of its responsibility to travelers, and check out our 2020 megatrends for a big-picture look at … [Read more…]

How Much Did Big Travel Companies Spend on TV Ads in 2019?

The Trivago 30-second Buffet commercial was the top-performing U.S. national TV commercial among online travel booking sites in 2019, according to iSpot.tv Trivago Skift Take: Airlines, hotels, and booking sites have divergent reasons for leaning into or out of TV advertising. Attracting more direct bookers is always a goal, but sometimes competitive reasons, or the … [Read more…]

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Despite its own efforts to verify its hosts, police are asking for extra measures to ensure everyone is safe. Skift Skift Take: Airbnb is taking measures to verify its listings as a safety measure, but it looks like police want more, like this request for hosts to register in North Carolina. Good idea. — Tom … [Read more…]