Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Shown here is the Hotelbeds stand at the ITB trade fair in Berlin in March 2019. Hotelbeds Group Skift Take: The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior … [Read more…]

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

A photo of the Amoma.com site on a tablet in September 2019. The online travel agency offers discounted rates on hotels. Sean O’Neill / Skift Skift Take: Hoteliers probably disliked Amoma.com more than any other online travel agency in the past few years. Amoma often undercut hoteliers on price. Now its reported troubles may have … [Read more…]

Attention Travel Companies: Brexit Contingency Reveals Potential for Data Disruption

Protestors outside the Palace of Westminster. The UK is set to leave the EU on October 31 – for the moment, at least. Roman Boed / Flickr Skift Take: We know how hot the European Union is on data protection — just look at GDPR — so it’s no surprise that it hasn’t hurried through … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is an Asian-themed boutique hotel and casino that has sometimes offered rooms on booking site HotelTonight. You can hear the CEO of HotelTonight, Sam Shank, speak at Skift Global Forum in New York City in September 2019. Tim Rue / Bloomberg Skift Take: HotelTonight’s acquisition by Airbnb last March … [Read more…]

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

Some banknotes from the United Kingdom. On the Beach Group shares plunged after the UK-based online seller of package vacations warned full-year profit will miss expectations because of the weakening pound. Bloomberg Skift Take: A drop in the value of the British pound relative to the euro and the dollar is pressuring On the Beach. … [Read more…]

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

In 2019, Despegar launched a rebranded logo and marketing campaign that included tote bags with a theme of the online travel agency helping people plan all parts of their trip. The logo was done by brand consultant Saffron. Despegar Skift Take: Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically … [Read more…]

Hilton Seeks More Partnerships to Entice Low-Tier Loyalty Members

Hilton has several active loyalty partnerships, including with Amazon, Lyft and Foursquare. Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s easy for hotel chains to spend time and resources on their highest loyalty spenders. But there is plenty of money to be had at the other end of the tier as well. — Danni Santana Slim Leather Travel Passport … [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…]

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 Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [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…]