Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

A Google exec argued that travelers begin their travel searches on specialist websites, and not with Google. Robert Scoble / Visualhunt Skift Take: Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google’s dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually … [Read more…]

Momondo’s Viral Video Is a Piece of Kayak’s Brand Marketing Strategy

A screenshot from Momondo’s The World Piece video in which some 60 participants create an interwoven tattoo. Momondo Skift Take: When Booking Holdings acquired Momondo in 2017 to pair with fellow metasearch brand Kayak, officials said one of Momondo’s core strengths was its brand marketing bonafides. The World Piece video works because it stirs emotions, … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Booking Holdings is delaying implementation of a new policy to charge commissions on resort fees. John Locher / Associated Press Skift Take: Booking Holdings faced opposition from hotels over its new resort-fee commission … [Read more…]

WebBeds, Agoda Rush to Serve New Generation of Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi

Quba Mosque, a mosque in the outlying environs of Medina, Saudi Arabia. Mohamod Fasil, Flickr. Skift Take: Saudi Arabia is expanding its infrastructure to support 15 million Umrah visitors a year by 2020, and 30 million by 2030. WebBeds and Agoda are two major Asian players that are jostling for position in the promising niche. … [Read more…]

Booking CEO Shakeup and 20 Other Digital Trends This Week

Gillian Tans is abruptly out as CEO of Booking.com. Booking.com Skift Take: This week in digital news, Gillian Tans is abruptly out as CEO of Booking.com, replaced by Glenn Fogel. Then at Skift Tech Forum, we spoke to an array of tech execs on stage: Expedia on helping travelers sort out trip delays, Carnival on … [Read more…]

Expedia to Connect Travelers With Hotels When Their Flights Are Delayed

Expedia Group senior vice president, product and technology Arthur Chapin (left) was interviewed by Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Tech Forum June 27, 2019 in San Francisco. Skift Skift Take: Expedia wants help put customers in touch with hotels to sort out travel complications. That seems like it would be a complicated … [Read more…]

Booking Management Shakeup Leaves Gillian Tans Out as CEO of Flagship Unit

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans spoke at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2016. Tans was replaced as Booking Holdings CEO on June 26, 2019. Skift Skift Take: There’s little doubt that Tans’ abrupt departure, without any transition time, points to conflicts within Booking Holdings over the company’s strategic direction. — Dennis Schaal … [Read more…]

Online Travel’s eDreams Apes Amazon With Prime Subscription Service

In 2017, eDreams Odiego moved into new offices in Barcelona designed by Vimworks. The company has been trialing a new subscription product. Vimworks Skift Take: It’s a bold move to call your subscription product “Prime,” but if eDreams Odigeo’s new offering is anywhere near as useful as Amazon’s has been, the company will be pretty … [Read more…]

Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Some developers at work in the Athens, Greece, office of Etraveli, an online travel group based in Sweden. Hopefully they take better care of the software code than the fish in that fish tank. Etraveli Skift Take: We don’t know much about Airbnb’s thinking about launching a flights product, but an unrelated acquisition by Etraveli … [Read more…]

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Paris is one of 10 cities asking the EU for more help regulating Airbnb. Mike Hauser / Flickr Skift Take: Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth. … [Read more…]