Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

A Google exec argued that travelers begin their travel searches on specialist websites, and not with Google. Robert Scoble / Visualhunt Skift Take: Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google’s dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually … [Read more…]

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Living room in a Sonder rental. Sonder Skift Take: This week in digital news, be sure to check out our list of 2018’s top-paid CEOs in online travel. We also look at how hospitality startup Sonder plans to use its new funds, and explore Sunweb’s growth strategy as a tour package company in Europe. — … [Read more…]

Momondo’s Viral Video Is a Piece of Kayak’s Brand Marketing Strategy

A screenshot from Momondo’s The World Piece video in which some 60 participants create an interwoven tattoo. Momondo Skift Take: When Booking Holdings acquired Momondo in 2017 to pair with fellow metasearch brand Kayak, officials said one of Momondo’s core strengths was its brand marketing bonafides. The World Piece video works because it stirs emotions, … [Read more…]

StayPlease Raises Funds to Expand ‘Slack for Hotels’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

StayPlease is like Slack for hotels. StayPlease Skift Take: This week’s travel startups, including Sonder, StayPlease, and Bolt, released a series of funding announcements, many of them for undisclosed amounts. — Rosie Spinks Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem Gold $2.79End Date: Monday Jul-22-2019 4:39:52 PDTBuy It Now for only: $2.79Buy It … [Read more…]

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

A Sonder unit. The company is getting more funding. Sonder Skift Take: Sonder’s hotel-style serviced apartments operate in that sweet spot between Airbnb homeshares and full-on hotels. There are, of course, plenty of rivals doing a similar thing, but this funding round will enable Sonder to expand its business and give it a competitive edge. … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Delays New Resort Fee Policy and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking.com head office in Amsterdam. Luca Conti / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Booking Holdings has trouble implementing its new commission charges, and two key travel platforms in Asia compete to serve the likely growing number of Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Plus we take a look at some of the privacy … [Read more…]

Emerging Travel Group Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Emerging Travel Group CEO Felix Shpilman Emerging Travel Group Skift Take: From TripActions’ quarter billion dollar investment round to Emerging Travel Group’s solid $10 million round, there’s lots going on in travel startup funding this week. — Rosie Spinks Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem Gold $2.79End Date: Monday Jul-22-2019 4:39:52 PDTBuy … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Booking Holdings is delaying implementation of a new policy to charge commissions on resort fees. John Locher / Associated Press Skift Take: Booking Holdings faced opposition from hotels over its new resort-fee commission … [Read more…]

WebBeds, Agoda Rush to Serve New Generation of Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi

Quba Mosque, a mosque in the outlying environs of Medina, Saudi Arabia. Mohamod Fasil, Flickr. Skift Take: Saudi Arabia is expanding its infrastructure to support 15 million Umrah visitors a year by 2020, and 30 million by 2030. WebBeds and Agoda are two major Asian players that are jostling for position in the promising niche. … [Read more…]

Booking CEO Shakeup and 20 Other Digital Trends This Week

Gillian Tans is abruptly out as CEO of Booking.com. Booking.com Skift Take: This week in digital news, Gillian Tans is abruptly out as CEO of Booking.com, replaced by Glenn Fogel. Then at Skift Tech Forum, we spoke to an array of tech execs on stage: Expedia on helping travelers sort out trip delays, Carnival on … [Read more…]