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 Travel Leather Passport Organizer Holder Card Case Protector Cover … [Read more…]

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, … [Read more…]

Google Maps to Alert Users About Pandemic-Related Travel Restrictions

A stylized view of Google Maps. The product has updated its versions in many markets to add filters for pandemic-related guidance. Google Skift Take: One more sign of how Google Maps aspires to be a superapp for travel. — Sean O’Neill Travel Leather Passport Organizer Holder Card Case Protector Cover Wallet US $4.99End Date: Friday … [Read more…]

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

A file photo of TripAdvisor users in Cartagena, Colombia from a video 5 Rising Destinations in Latin America to Discover. Tripadvisor Skift Take: The liability protections that online travel businesses such as Airbnb, Google and Tripadvisor enjoy under the Communications Decency Act could be collateral damage in President Trump’s effort to go after Twitter and … [Read more…]

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern on Navigating a Frenemy Relationship With Airbnb

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern is open to a partnership with Airbnb. Expedia Group Skift Take: Many companies won’t reopen for business when coronavirus ebbs, but two that will definitely still be left standing will be Expedia Group and Airbnb. They could potentially find ways to cooperate in the face of bigger threats in the … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]