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…]

6 Big Travel Takeaways From Skift Tech Forum

Roger McNamee (left) of Elevation Partners spoke at Skift Tech Forum June 27, 2019 about the authoritarian nature of how Facebook and Google are using Big Data. At right is Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Skift Skift Take: The travel industry is obsessed with Big Data and artificial intelligence. The genie is out of … [Read more…]

Travel Needs to Consider Life Without Facebook and Google, Says Former Facebook Investor

Roger McNamee, early investor in Facebook, speaking on May 27, 2019, at Skift Tech Forum 2019 in San Francisco with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Skift Skift Take: Surveillance capitalism is due for a regulatory comeuppance in the next few years. Travel companies that make the decision to build brands around user privacy now … [Read more…]

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

The federal government is contemplating a regulatory crackdown against Google, Facebook and Amazon. Skift Take: Some are too scared to say so publicly, but much of the travel industry would welcome a diminution of Google’s vast market power. If a U.S. regulatory probe gets going against Big Tech, it is a very open question how … [Read more…]

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice may mount an antitrust investigation looking into Google’s business practices. Associated Press Skift Take: The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google’s business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe. — Dennis … [Read more…]

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

An example from Google’s video mockup of new Duplex features. Google Skift Take: It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years. — Andrew Sheivachman Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel … [Read more…]

Google Hotels Prompts Trivago to Increase Advertising in 50 Global Markets

Trivago is experimenting with new TV ad concepts, including having its actor spokespeople merely narrate spots instead of appearing in them. Trivago Skift Take: Google is eating the world. When metasearch sites such as Trivago see a strategic benefit in increasing their advertising in Google metasearch, it’s not only enough to make your head spin, … [Read more…]

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals like this HomeAway lodging. HomeAway Skift Take: The new feature is clean, intuitive, and easy to use. As Google’s booking platform rapidly expands, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the go-to booking site for all things travel. — Isaac Carey Leather Passport Holder Cover … [Read more…]

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, at a press conference March 20, 2019 announcing a fine against Google. European Union Skift Take: Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google’s travel tools. For now at least, that doesn’t seem to be the … [Read more…]

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

Trill boards are being used to collaborate and plan vacations. Pictured is an MGM property in Las Vegas. Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s often true that the best ideas or inventions for travel are those that originate outside the sector. Could this be one? — Deanna Ting Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem … [Read more…]