What’s Behind Barry Diller’s Patient Approach to Expedia?

Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp and chairman of Expedia Group, spoke during the WSJ D.Live global technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on October 17, 2017. Diller has been making changes at Expedia Group. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg Skift Take: It increasingly looks like what we expected will happen … [Read more…]

Wex Buys Enett From Travelport for $1.7 Billion in a Travel Payments Mashup

A shot of Melissa Smith, Chair and CEO of payments company Wex, while speaking during a Ted Talk. Smith led the acquisition of eNett, a travel sector payments company. Wex Skift Take: With this deal, Wex now becomes a powerhouse in assisting business-to-business travel payments worldwide. The deal also gives cash to seller Travelport, which … [Read more…]

Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

Shown here is Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts. TripAdvisor Skift Take: Flush with SoftBank and other venture capital money, GetYourGuide and Klook, as well as Airbnb and Booking.com, are nipping at Tripadvisor’s heels in tours and activities. Tripadvisor will try to leverage its brand, Viator, which already had a following before Tripadvisor absorbed it, … [Read more…]

Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project

An image of a hotel that’s part of the Accor Group portfolio, the Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island in North Queensland, Australia, that belongs to the Mantra brand. Accor is doing a pilot test with technology vendor Sabre for a major overhaul of its digital systems. Accor Skift Take: Accor recently rebranded … [Read more…]

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Los Angeles International Airport gets passenger screening enhancements. Pictured is a United Airlines bag drop. Google is dropping the charges it asked airlines to pay in Google Flights. United Continental Holdings Skift Take: With potential pressure from U.S. regulatory authorities and perhaps displeasure from airlines, Google is making the biggest change to the way it … [Read more…]

Hipmunk Co-Founders Denied by SAP Concur in Buyback Attempt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Hipmunk the chipmunk sheds a tear in response to SAP Concur’s denial of his bosses’ attempt to buy back the company. Hipmunk Skift Take: This week in digital news, Hipmunk co-founders tried — and failed — to buy back their company in an attempt to save it from getting killed off by SAP Concur. Plus … [Read more…]

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Airbnb won’t be at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, but it had a few things to same about the 2020 theme of stakeholder capitalism. Visual Hunt Skift Take: Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of … [Read more…]

Xiezhu Raises $37 Million for Smart Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A photo of Haibin Chen, co-founder and CEO of Xiezhu, when speaking in September 2019 at a conference sponsored by the Century Forum at Hangzhou Taixu Lake Hotel. Xiezhu Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced more than $100 million in funding. One company to call out is Xiezhu. It provides software and hardware to … [Read more…]

SiteMinder Gets Funding Boost as Financial Titan BlackRock Bets on Hotel Tech

SiteMinder’s top executives talk at the company’s Sydney headquarters. From right: CEO Sankar Narayan and Co-Founder and Chairman Mike Ford. SiteMinder, a hotel tech startup based in Sydney, has closed a Series C round of funding, led by BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager. SiteMinder Skift Take: To call a company the best-capitalized hotel tech … [Read more…]

Moving Beyond Demographics: Data Drives the Future of Travel Advertising

Skift Take: The world is awash in data, but as consumer skepticism about Big Tech is on the rise, travel brands need to rethink the way they use information to generate hyper-relevant offers. The winners will hit the right mix of helpfulness and relevance, evolving beyond personalization to forge even deeper and more meaningful relationships … [Read more…]