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How an Israeli Startup Wants to Help Hotels Up Their Online Booking Game During Crisis

An image of the marina view from Herods Tel Aviv by the Beach, a hotel that was available for booking on Splitty at the time of publication. Herods Skift Take: Splitty’s acquisition of Cancelon’s assets is notable because it highlights a seemingly clever way to advertise on travel price-comparison sites. Think of it as “metasearch […]

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A Pandemic Tip for Hotel Brands: Treat Your Workers the Way You Treat Guests

Treating your frontline workers in a way that instills pride is more important than ever now. Davit85 / Adobe Skift Take: If your consumer-facing experience is cutting edge Mac, but your back end is a dusty PC, you have a problem. Now more than ever as workers return to the job, hospitality brands need to […]

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Accor Still Keen to Find Investors for Its Software Business Despite Pandemic Fallout

Mövenpick Cebu, a beachfront hotel on Mactan Island, in Cebu, Philippines, is affiliated with the Accor Hotels Group, which also offers D-Edge tech services to hotels. Accor wants a financial partner for D-Edge, its hotel tech services brand, which wants to expand its offerings to more than 11,500 hotels worldwide. Accor Skift Take: D-Edge needs […]

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Sonder to Raise $200 Million in Funding for Its Hotel and Short-Term Rental Model

A shot of a Sonder residence. The company expects to raise $200 million as part of a Series E funding round set to close soon, as the boutique hotel-style lodging startup booms. Sonder Skift Take: Sonder is now the second unicorn in the short-term rental and hotel sector after Airbnb. At this rate, Sonder will […]

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Pandemic Prompts Indie Hotels to Buy Ads in Price-Comparison Searches

Hotel H20, a property that’s part of Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. Hotel H20 Skift Take: New tools from Google Hotel Ads, Cendyn, DerbySoft, Triptease, SiteMinder, and others are making it easier for smaller hotel companies to woo travelers from metasearch brands. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Pictured is a Spring Airlines A320 bedecked as Booking.com as seen on July 7, 2018. Booking Holdings doesn’t have a financial relief program for travel partners growing out of the coronavirus crisis. Kwok Ho Eddie Wong / Flickr.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings may be calculating that partner memories aren’t exceedingly long. On the other hand, […]

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Hotels-Backed Online Search Platform Roomkey Suspends Operations

Roomkey.com, founded by six of the world’s largest hotel companies, suspended its hotel search functions Monday, June 8. Adobe Skift Take: Roomkey.com’s demise (temporary or not) shouldn’t be seen as a sign hotel companies can’t compete with OTAs. But if revived, the brand will likely need a more in-your-face approach than pop-under ads to drive […]

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Trip.com Group Highlights Signs of a China Travel Rebound Despite a Sobering Outlook

Tourists pose for a photo inside the Shanghai Disneyland theme park in east China’s Shanghai, May 11, 2020. China’s domestic short-haul travel is recovering. Ren Long / Alamy Live News Skift Take: China had a head start on both the pandemic and the travel recovery. Trip.com Group’s international business is languishing because of factors beyond […]

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Expedia Shuts a Short-Term Rental Biz It Created From 2 Acquisitions

Pictured is an apartment building that was managed by Vacasa. Expedia Group shuttered its short-term rental service for buildings of this type. Vacasa Skift Take: Expedia Group is trying to simplify its far-flung operations, and its multifamily, short-term rental business wasn’t a core endeavor. That’s especially true when you consider how Covid-19 has decimated demand […]

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Trip.com Group’s Acquisition of Travix Hints at Appeal of Smaller Travel Agencies

A view of Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands in August 2018. Amsterdam-based Travix has been acquired by online travel giant Trip.com Group at a time when many smaller online travel agencies across Europe are looking for mergers and acquisitions. Piroschka van de Wouw / Reuters Skift Take: Smaller online travel agencies try to make […]