Will Marriott and British Airways Ever Pay Those Huge Proposed Data Breach Fines?

A Marriott Hotels property. The company was handed a proposed fine of £99.2 million last year. Marriott International Skift Take: Those headline fines were pretty jaw-dropping, but it seems more than likely that they will be massively reduced whenever they are finally rubber-stamped. — Patrick Whyte Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

How Much Did Big Travel Companies Spend on TV Ads in 2019?

The Trivago 30-second Buffet commercial was the top-performing U.S. national TV commercial among online travel booking sites in 2019, according to iSpot.tv Trivago Skift Take: Airlines, hotels, and booking sites have divergent reasons for leaning into or out of TV advertising. Attracting more direct bookers is always a goal, but sometimes competitive reasons, or the … [Read more…]

Expedia CEO Is Unfazed by Airbnb’s Growing Vacation Rental Lead

Shown here is a photo of Mark Okerstrom Expedia Group CEO and President speaking on-Stage at Skift Global Forum in New York on Thursday. Skift Skift Take: Mark Okerstrom, the chief of Expedia Group, has high hopes for his recently rebranded homesharing unit Vrbo. But as competition intensifies in the segment, we’re wondering if we’ll … [Read more…]

Expedia Being Investigated for Conspiring With Hotels to Suppress Competition

The Expedia app. The company is under investigation in Utah. Bloomberg Skift Take: These are some pretty serious allegations but we’ll have to wait and see how far this one gets before any juicy details emerge. — Patrick Whyte Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case Cover US $9.89End Date: Saturday … [Read more…]

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Expedia Group’s short-term rental business struggled in the first quarter of 2019. Olivia Carville / Bloomberg Skift Take: When Expedia announced the acquisition of HomeAway in 2015, then-CFO Mark Okerstrom called it “a huge opportunity on a go-forward basis.” Today, it still is, but now-CEO Okerstrom said the short-term rental business must strive to gain … [Read more…]