Booking Holdings Reaffirms Plan to Charge Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

Glenn Fogel, who is the CEO and president of Booking Holdings, spoke at Skift Global Forum on September 18, 2019, with Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. Skift Skift Take: Despite criticism and reports of misgivings, Booking Holdings will plow ahead with a groundbreaking policy of charging commissions on resort fees charged by hotels, said CEO and president … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer speaking on stage Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali at Skift Global Forum in New York City. Skift Skift Take: When it comes to certain green practices and the refugee crisis, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer believes corporations and CEOs can’t sit on the sidelines and must … [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…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Mark Okerstrom, the CEO of Expedia Group, believes his company has lots of tools to be a winner in accommodations. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia’s lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Booking CEO Glenn Fogel Sees Cryptocurrency Potential

Glenn Fogel of Booking Holdings believes that new payment systems will go a long way in developing a more seamless travel experience. Pictured is Fogel at Fortune Brainstorm Tech. Fortune Brainstorm Tech / Flickr.com Skift Take: Whether it’s payments or overtourism, Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel has a lot to say about — and a … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Publicis Exec Tobaccowala Says Human Connection More Important Than Ever

Publicis Groupe Chief Growth Officer Rishad Tobaccowala. Tobaccowala will speak at Skift Global Forum in New York on September 18–19. Publicis Groupe Skift Take: Experiences are increasingly central to travel. This means travel companies should pay special attention to long-term values like relationships, authenticity, and emotional connection while also not forgetting about the bottom line. … [Read more…]