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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

The exterior of a Wangfujing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. Trip.com Group said the high-end hotel sector is propelling its financial results. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn’t hurt Trip.com Group to be based […]

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Booking Holdings Is Holding Its Own Amidst the Wreckage But Then There’s Google

A screenshot from a 2019 Booking.com video, Booking.com Careers: Expand Horizons. Skift Take: The Skift Health Score ranked Booking Holdings as the overall leader in August among 100 public travel companies but the entire travel industry faces grave uncertainties. Then there’s that little search engine Google, which has an even larger travel business than Booking. […]

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Airbnb to Activist Investor Bill Ackman Offering to Help It Go Public: Thanks, but No Thanks

Airbnb’s offices. Executives have decided for now to not take up Bill Ackman on his offer to help them take Airbnb public. Skift Skift Take: Airbnb has options for going public, and anything can change, but the roadmap currently points to a traditional public offering as the most-likely scenario. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete […]

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Trivago CEO and Kayak Co-Founder Possess Skewed Views on the Best Way to Innovate

Skift Take: When it comes to brainstorming, there’s no substitute for a Skift reporter ambling over to a Skift Research analyst’s desk, and shooting the breeze about Oyo’s model, or looking over a shoulder to view on screen how Expedia’s marketing spend is trending. That dynamic is really tough to replicate on Zoom. — Dennis […]

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Wizz Air’s Odd Fee for Buying a Ticket While Using an Ad Blocker Draws Fire on Social Media

A Wizz Air Airbus A321 aircraft on the runway. Wizz Air Skift Take: We’ve seen budget airlines foist a lot of memorable fees on travelers, but we did a double take over this higher fee for using an ad blocker. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Shifting Google Dance Partners and 9 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals in a blog post on March 26, 2019. Google Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift looked at the shifting lineup in Google vacation rentals, Airbnb’s ambitions, what a prospective merger between IHG and Accor might look like, and how Croatia’s tourism experiment is working […]

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U.S.-Based Hipcamp Acquires Australia’s Youcamp as Travelers Heed Call of the Great Outdoors

Sky Mountain yoga retreat near Bear Lake State Park in Idaho. Hipcamp, a San Francisco-based startup, has acquired Youcamp, its counterpart in, Australia that lets property owners charge campers on their land. Hipcamp Skift Take: Hipcamp thinks that courting landowners like farmers, ranchers, and vintners can help unlock new supply for outdoor recreation. It’s an […]

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Latin America’s Despegar Is on a Buying Spree Despite Pandemic Challenges

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Despegar is dealing with the coronavirus calamity, with a recovery yet to begin in much of Latin America. sandeepachetan.com / Flickr.com Skift Take: Despegar is playing the hand it’s been dealt during the depths of the coronavirus crisis, and that means it will cut costs, ensure liquidity, and be […]

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Travel Booking App Omio Will Use Part of $100 Million in New Funding to Go Shopping for Acquisitions

A simulated image of new ICE high-speed trains that Deutsche Bahn ordered from Siemens this year. Rail is a key product sold by Omio, a travel booking startup that has raised fresh funding. Deutsche Bahn AG and Siemens Skift Take: This investor backing will help Omio speed up its quest to become a global booking […]

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Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Skift Take: With parent company Alphabet generating $79 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020, Google is relentlessly rolling out new travel products. Not to mention, it is dictating content-licensing and advertising terms to cash-strapped partners while a pandemic rages. Enough said. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift