How Travel Brands Are Approaching TV Advertising Now

Hotels.com’s Captain Obvious in its COVID-19 Social Distancing TV commercial. The company pivoted its advertising because of the pandemic. Hotels.com Skift Take: Most travel brands aren’t doing TV or much of any advertising now because of the pandemic. But for the ones still broadcasting spots, they’d better be very clever in terms of sensitivities, or … [Read more…]

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo’s Toronto office. Travelzoo Skift Take: Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of that. — Raini Hamdi Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Vice Chairman Peter Kern sent a memo to employees this week to encourage them to help in away travel partners hurt by coronavirus. Expedia Skift Take: In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company’s travel partners … [Read more…]

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

An image from a recent Lastminute.com campaign. The parent company is optimistic about a bounceback in demand later this year. LM Holding Skift Take: Given that we still don’t know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel companies. … [Read more…]

Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

With Expedia Group employees and partners in attendance, Good Morning American anchor Robin Roberts interviewed Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller on stage at the Expedia Explore ’19 conference in Las Vegas November 14, 2019. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: There will be a reckoning and perhaps a reordering of the competitive landscape … [Read more…]

Expedia Withdraws First Quarter Guidance and Halts Share Repurchases

The worse-than-expected coronavirus impact prompted Expedia Group to withdraw its first quarter financial guidance. Olivia Carville / Bloomberg Skift Take: You can expect numerous other companies to withdraw their first quarter financial guidance, if they haven’t already done so. A key question is how will the competitive landscape get reshaped once the crisis abates. — … [Read more…]

Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

An Airbnb Plus property in Nashville, Tennessee. Airbnb piled up losses in the fourth quarter of 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb’s fourth quarter financials show it is 10 times larger than Tripadvisor. They also provide clarity that Booking Holdings has a long way to go to catch Airbnb in short-term rental businesses. Airbnb’s growing marketing … [Read more…]

Airbnb Bookings Nosedive Because of Coronavirus

An Airbnb Plus property in Milan, Italy. Airbnb’s global bookings have plunged because of the coronavirus pandemic. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb is subject to most of the same trends that the rest of the hospitality industry is grappling with, whether it be in China, Italy, or South Korea. No big surprise here, although it’s good … [Read more…]

Expedia Business Services’ New Top Boss to Pull Levers for Long-Term Growth

Ariane Gorin is shown here talking at Explore ’18, the Expedia group customer conference, on December 6th, 2018 at the Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last December, the company promoted Gorin to an expanded role as group president of Expedia Business Services. Expedia Skift Take: Expedia in December promoted Ariane Gorin to become boss of … [Read more…]

Latin America’s Despegar Will Have to Navigate Coronavirus Currency Impact

A 2019 aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a popular Latin American travel destination. CEO Despegar Damián Scokin announced the booking company’s fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday. Sergio Souza / Unsplash Skift Take: Coronavirus has caused turmoil in the global financial markets, which has devalued several key currencies and made foreign trips costlier. But devaluation … [Read more…]