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Booking Holdings-Backed Yanolja Holds Big Ambitions to Dethrone Oracle Hospitality in Hotel Tech

An image from the Royal Purnama Hotel in Bali, which uses tech from eZee. The Royal Purnama Skift Take: Bold words from eZee, an Indian subsidiary of South Korean travel unicorn Yanolja, which is backed by Booking Holdings. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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U.S. Lawmakers Shine Light on Big Tech’s Abuses as Google, Amazon Wade Into Travel

Google is among the Big Tech companies criticized by an antitrust subcommittee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Felice Maran / Bloomberg Skift Take: This scathing report out of Congress certainly does not bode well for the household names of the tech industry. As Google and Amazon make new moves into travel, the industry’s incumbents […]

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Amazon Soft Launches Virtual Tours — Can Offline Experiences Be Far Behind?

Nan Palmero Mexico City street art as seen on February 15, 2020. Amazon did a sot launch of virtual tours such as for Mexico City urban art. Nan Palmero / Flickr.com Skift Take: Amazon is dipping into virtual tours. Competitors should fear that Amazon is primed for disruption, virtual or otherwise. — Dennis Schaal Read […]

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Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

A jetty for guest arrivals at the Baros Maldives, a luxury property in the Baros resort island in the Maldives that reopens October 1, 2020. Baros Maldives Skift Take: A hotel price war hasn’t materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a […]

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Booking’s Ad Play on Trivago Shows How to Create Opportunity From Crisis

Pictured is the Il Boro Tuscany property in France on August 24, 2019. Trivago is seeing increased demand for drive trips to rural areas. R Boed / Flickr.com Skift Take: Trivago was glad to see that Booking Holdings kept on advertising, however modestly, and upped its bidding in Trivago auctions while many other partners went […]

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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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Hate-Selling in the Age of Google Travel

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The search giant announced a raft of new features at an event celebrating its 20th anniversary. A Facebook-like newsfeed populated with videos and articles the company thinks an individual user would find interesting will […]

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Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

trivago Campus 2018: Facade with Hotel Search Logo The facade and logo outside Trivago An Australia court chastised Trivago about the way it displays hotel discounts. Pictured is Trivago Germany headquarters as seen in 2018. Trivago Skift Take: Online travel companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny almost since the first days of internet bookings. But […]

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The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

Pictured is an Airbnb cottage for rent in Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada. Airbnb booked more room nights than Expedia in the first quarter of 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb overtook Expedia in room nights booked in the first quarter of 2019, but questions loom for 2020. Will Airbnb lose its focus as it vows […]