Top Tech Exec at Traveloka Instrumental in New Wave of Growth Dies

Traveloka head office in Jakarta. Traveloka. Skift Take: Grief hits Traveloka as a key member of the leadership team passes away, just as the company is looking to raise new funding. — Raini Hamdi Comfy Hanger Travel Airplane Footrest Hammock Foot Made with Memory Foam Premium $5.91End Date: Saturday Feb-22-2020 11:12:24 PSTBuy It Now for … [Read more…]

MakeMyTrip Grows Despite Turbulence in India’s Airline Sector

A view inside the main MakeMyTrip offices in Gurgaon, India. On Tuesday the online travel agency group reported its latest earnings. MakeMyTrip Skift Take: The past year has been a horror show for India’s aviation sector. So MakeMyTrip deserves kudos for continuing to grow its air ticketing and overall sales despite the upheaval. But executives … [Read more…]

Online Bookings Surge in Middle East and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. A spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, a spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition, and Medallia, a customer feedback firm fresh from its IPO, must … [Read more…]

Expedia President Aman Bhutani Is Leaving Amid Exec Reshuffle

Aman Bhutani, who led Brand Expedia Group for many years, has left the position. Expedia Skift Take: Expedia is moving toward simplifying the various brands and organizational units it has acquired over the years, and changes such as these are to be expected. — Rafat Ali Comfy Hanger Travel Airplane Footrest Hammock Foot Made with … [Read more…]

Why SoftBank’s Second $108 Billion Vision Fund Matters to Travel

The Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group aims to raise a total of $108 billion for the second Vision Fund, founder Masayoshi Son announced on Friday. Bloomberg Skift Take: With a second Vision Fund, Japan has emerged as the dominant driver of key technologies, many of which apply to travel and tourism. While the first staked ridehailing … [Read more…]

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Expedia officials said Vrbo will find its bearings in 2020. Bloomberg Skift Take: When Expedia Group acquired HomeAway, now renamed Vrbo, in 2015, officials obviously knew they weren’t getting an Airbnb. Still, they may have obtained less than they bargained for because the journey so far has been very bumpy. — Dennis Schaal Comfy Hanger … [Read more…]

The Surprising Rise of Hotel Spending on Metasearch Advertising

The Toronto city skyline with various hotels to choose from is seen from a building under construction in 2013. Brent Lewin / Bloomberg Skift Take: Many hotel groups are directing more of their ad budgets toward price-comparison search sites. That’s a boon for vendors providing connectivity and automation services. But it’s also a welcome, if … [Read more…]

Might Travelzoo Find a Company Buyer in China?

A view of Travelzoo’s Toronto office. The U.S.-based company aims to find growth primarily in Asia-Pacific in the near-term. Travelzoo Skift Take: Travelzoo’s founder Ralph Bartel has seen the value of his investment in the public company go from north of a billion to less than $100 million over two decades. Could the chairman of … [Read more…]

Trivago Could Kill Controversial Ad Feature That Caused Its Fortunes to Plummet

The facade and logo outside Trivago headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany. Trivago is trying to improve its relationships with its largest advertisers. Trivago Skift Take: Trivago is trying to make peace with its largest advertisers, especially the biggest, Booking Holdings. These peace overtures seem to be working for now, but metasearch and advertising can be very … [Read more…]

Rise in Mobile Bookings in Middle East Creates New Online Travel Competition

A tourist taking a selfie near a mosque in Abu Dhabi. The online travel market is projected to reach $15 billion by 2023 across the Middle East region. Robert Haandrikman / Flickr.com Skift Take: Online travel in the Middle East is not an opportunity to be scoffed at, and smaller online travel outfits and travel … [Read more…]