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OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

Coltivare Restaurant, Ithaca, New York, on January 6, 2019. OpenTable appointed Debby Soo as CEO. Jo Zimny Photos / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s really tough to judge a brand’s performance in the midst of a pandemic, but OpenTable clearly deserved more focus given the fact that travel and dining are completely different businesses. Once again, […]

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Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Skift Take: Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn’t appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn’t have to — it’s Google. Don’t look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

A hotel sign as seen on August 29, 2008. Kayak CEO Steve Hafner spoke to Skift on July 20, 2020 about the metasearch site getting into the hotel business. John Stavely / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were […]

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OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

A file photo of the Roister Restaurant in Chicago. OpenTable and Kayak brought back in mid-June around 10 percent of the employees they furloughed nearly a couple of months earlier. Roister Restaurant Skift Take: If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a […]

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Booking Holdings Sees First Signs of Changing Traveler Behavior Brought on by Pandemic

Booking Holdings saw travel rebounding in Vietnam (shown here), China, South Korea and Germany in April 2020. This is a file photo of Anam Villas, Nha Trang, Vietnam, a member of Worldhotels. Worldhotels Skift Take: Will it be hotels or alternative accommodations that bounce back first? Booking Holdings officials said they see a shift toward […]

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Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Shown here is the interior of a short-term rental run by hospitality company Lyric at a location in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood and featuring on the walls photography by artist Shawn Theodore. Lyric is the first hospitality company invited to partner with travel search company Kayak on new online booking cross-promotion. Lyric Skift Take: […]

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Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Pictured is a screengrab from a Kayak video about trip-planning. Kayak and OpenTable are highlighting their ties to Booking.com to heighten Booking.com’s appear in the United States. Kayak Skift Take: Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is […]

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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, […]

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Booking Management Shakeup Leaves Gillian Tans Out as CEO of Flagship Unit

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans spoke at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2016. Tans was replaced as Booking Holdings CEO on June 26, 2019. Skift Skift Take: There’s little doubt that Tans’ abrupt departure, without any transition time, points to conflicts within Booking Holdings over the company’s strategic direction. — Dennis Schaal […]

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Booking Holdings Empire Tiptoes Toward Quiet Collaboration

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel photographed in 2017. Fogel has a vision of his conglomerate touching the lives of its users more often than just for a one-off lodging or flight booking. Natasha Miller / Booking Holdings Skift Take: As Booking Holdings brands try to cross-sell their customers on more products, such as attractions, restaurants, […]