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Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Skift Take: With parent company Alphabet generating $79 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020, Google is relentlessly rolling out new travel products. Not to mention, it is dictating content-licensing and advertising terms to cash-strapped partners while a pandemic rages. Enough said. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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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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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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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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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 […]