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Trivago CEO Details How Company’s Coronavirus Pivot May Reflect the Immediate Future of Travel

Evening rain is pictured on August 10, 2016 near Schalksmühle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Trivago thinks Germans will opt for shorter trips to the mountains and coastal areas. Markus Trienke / Flickr.com Skift Take: Can Trivago really emerge from the coronavirus crisis in a stronger position? It appears to be making similar bets to what others […]

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European Travel Ban Came Too Late and 11 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift covered the tardiness of banning European travel to the United States, Airbnb and Trivago’s workforce cuts, staycations, Hilton’s views on […]

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Are the Views of the CEOs of Tripadvisor and Booking Holdings Sage or Stale for Travel Post-Pandemic?

Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer (left) and Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel appeared separately at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2019. Skift Skift Take: Surprises will inevitably pop up that Glenn Fogel, Steve Kaufer, and others can’t envision now about what the travel industry may look like in 2022 and beyond. So […]

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Booking Holdings Sees First Signs of Changing Traveler Behavior Brought on by Pandemic

Booking Holdings saw travel rebounding in Vietnam (shown here), China, South Korea and Germany in April 2020. This is a file photo of Anam Villas, Nha Trang, Vietnam, a member of Worldhotels. Worldhotels Skift Take: Will it be hotels or alternative accommodations that bounce back first? Booking Holdings officials said they see a shift toward […]

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Small UK Online Travel Agency Pitchup Feels Dissed by Google on Advertising Relief

Pictured is the Lakeside RV Park in Nevada. Pitchup.com founder and CEO Dan Yates thinks Google’s rhetoric about working closely with small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic ‘doesn’t reconcile with reality.” Pitchup.com Skift Take: Google will make it through the coronavirus firestorm and will be in a relatively strong position on the other side. We […]

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Hostel Provider Selina’s New Funding Will Allow It to Survive Crisis: CEO

Selina Playa Venao, one of the hotel and co-working company’s properties in its home country of Panama. Selina Skift Take: Selina grew up in a time when private market investors were willing to fund millions in early losses. Money papered over missteps. But managers now face an era that requires strict management discipline. Can it […]

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Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand

A file photo of tourists gawking at the Karl Marx statue in Trier, Germany. German travel startups called on Google to cease trying to collect on first quarter advertising bills. Michael Probst / Associated Press Skift Take: Google has a huge travel advertising business. If Google’s advertising partners had to hand out tons of refunds […]

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Travel’s Paralysis Will Hurt Google’s Advertising Business in Coming Months

Pictured is a Google office. The company forecasts a difficult second quarter for its advertising business. Associated Press Skift Take: Google’s advertising business slowed in March as the pandemic kicked in globally. The second quarter, which ends in June, could be worse, and travel advertisers doing everything they can to conserve cash will be one […]

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8 Travel Recovery Zingers From Y Combinator’s Adam Goldstein: The Long View This Week

Adam Goldstein, Y Combinator visiting partner and Hipmunk co-founder, appeared in Skift founder Rafat Ali’s The Long View podcast April 17, 2020. Skift Take: Regardless of the shape of the travel recovery, it’s clear that travel startups will be behind the curve. Many investors were already wary of funding new travel companies, but now they’ll […]