Airbnb’s Blockbuster IPO May Tempt Barry Diller to Spin Off Vrbo From Expedia 🔒

Skift Take: One plus one can equal three sometimes when it comes to spinoffs, especially during the current era where there appears to be an IPO and valuation bubble. Expedia Group seems to be resisting an impulse to spin off Vrbo, let alone Egencia, for now, but the pressure could be substantial. — Dennis SchaalRead…… Continue reading Airbnb’s Blockbuster IPO May Tempt Barry Diller to Spin Off Vrbo From Expedia 🔒

Vrbo and Expedia Dominate Online Travel TV Advertising in the U.S. So Far in 2021

Vrbo’s TV ad, “Your Together Awaits With Vrbo,” was the top online travel agency spot in impressions on U.S. TV during the first three weeks of 2021, according to iSpot.tv. Skift Take: Sister brands Vrbo and Expedia are being opportunistic in getting relatively aggressive about U.S. TV advertising early in 2021 when rival brands are…… Continue reading Vrbo and Expedia Dominate Online Travel TV Advertising in the U.S. So Far in 2021

Middle East Diplomacy Could Help Fix Online Travel Blindspot 🔒

Skift Take: Israeli Arab entrepreneurs have not benefitted from the travel tech startup boom in Israel. The controversial peace deal between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors could begin to get the investments flowing. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

CheapOair Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against JetBlue: What’s It Mean for Big Online Travel Agencies?

Skift Take: Airlines all over the world to varying degrees are pursuing direct-booking strategies. Is JetBlue’s decision to remove its flights from CheapOair and OneTravel an isolated dispute or are Expedia and Priceline next on JetBlue’s target list? — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Video: Interview With Airbnb Advisor Chip Conley at Skift Short-Term Rental & Outdoor Summit 🔒

Airbnb advisor Chip Conley speaking online on Dec. 9, 2020 at Skift Short-Term Rental Outdoor Summit. Skift Take: Airbnb advisor Chip Conley had some grounding messages about the company he has seen grow into a force in travel. Never forget the original mission on which the homesharing giant was launched. It hasn’t, says Conley. —…… Continue reading Video: Interview With Airbnb Advisor Chip Conley at Skift Short-Term Rental & Outdoor Summit 🔒

Latest Lawsuit Against Google Demands Changes That Could Impact Travel Search

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The search giant announced a raft of new features at an event celebrating its 20th anniversary. 38 states and territories sued Google over antitrust concerns. David Paul Morris / BloombergSkift Take: This latest lawsuit…… Continue reading Latest Lawsuit Against Google Demands Changes That Could Impact Travel Search

10 U.S. States Sue Google Accusing Search Giant of Abusing Its Advertising Power

A Google logo outside an office. Texas and nine states sued Google over allegedly abusing its advertising grip. The Associated PressSkift Take: There are now a barrage of antitrust lawsuits and regulatory actions pending against Google in the United States and Europe. How much they touch the travel industry concerns remains to be seen and…… Continue reading 10 U.S. States Sue Google Accusing Search Giant of Abusing Its Advertising Power

European Union Antitrust Boss Cites Booking and Google in Antitrust Remarks

Skift Take: Booking.com has prided itself on being a household name in its European home base, but will have a tough time avoiding a European Commission designation of gatekeeper. Such stature could bring increased restrictions. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Airbnb’s Shiny $100 Billion Valuation and 14 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

(From top and counter-clockwise) Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk participated virtually in the Nasdaq bell opening ceremony on December 10, 2020. AirbnbSkift Take: In Skift’s top travel stories this week, we covered the Airbnb IPO from every angle. There were other stories, too, including Google launching new tools for destinations and…… Continue reading Airbnb’s Shiny $100 Billion Valuation and 14 Other Top Travel Stories This Week