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Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Skift Take: Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn’t appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn’t have to — it’s Google. Don’t look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Sonder to Raise $200 Million in Funding for Its Hotel and Short-Term Rental Model

A shot of a Sonder residence. The company expects to raise $200 million as part of a Series E funding round set to close soon, as the boutique hotel-style lodging startup booms. Sonder Skift Take: Sonder is now the second unicorn in the short-term rental and hotel sector after Airbnb. At this rate, Sonder will […]

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Expedia Shuts a Short-Term Rental Biz It Created From 2 Acquisitions

Pictured is an apartment building that was managed by Vacasa. Expedia Group shuttered its short-term rental service for buildings of this type. Vacasa Skift Take: Expedia Group is trying to simplify its far-flung operations, and its multifamily, short-term rental business wasn’t a core endeavor. That’s especially true when you consider how Covid-19 has decimated demand […]

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The Travel Industry Refunds Conundrum: Survival Versus Doing the Right Thing

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: If you ordered a book and it never arrived, you’d expect a refund. Simple. But if you booked a hotel and couldn’t get there because of lockdowns, you’d […]

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Are the Views of the CEOs of Tripadvisor and Booking Holdings Sage or Stale for Travel Post-Pandemic?

Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer (left) and Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel appeared separately at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2019. Skift Skift Take: Surprises will inevitably pop up that Glenn Fogel, Steve Kaufer, and others can’t envision now about what the travel industry may look like in 2022 and beyond. So […]

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Vacasa Seeks New CEO as Founder Eric Breon Steps Aside

Vacasa founder and CEO Eric Breon spoke with executive editor Dennis Schaal at Skift Tech Forum in San Francisco in June 2019. Vacasa is seeking a replacement for CEO Eric Breon. It has chosen Matt Roberts, former OpenTable CEO, as interim CEO of the vacation rental property management service. Skift Skift Take: Eric Breon grew […]

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What’s Wrong at Tripadvisor?

Shown here is a Tripadvisor store at Toronto airport. Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Scalable Grid Engine / Wikimedia Skift Take: Question: At Tripadvisor, as a controlled company, what mechanisms did minority shareholders have to pressure Chairman Greg Maffei to make dramatic changes? Answer: Relatively few. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On […]

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6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Airbnb won’t be at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, but it had a few things to same about the 2020 theme of stakeholder capitalism. Visual Hunt Skift Take: Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of […]

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Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Despite its own efforts to verify its hosts, police are asking for extra measures to ensure everyone is safe. Skift Skift Take: Airbnb is taking measures to verify its listings as a safety measure, but it looks like police want more, like this request for hosts to register in North Carolina. Good idea. — Tom […]

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Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

A Parisian apartment. Mark Hauser Skift Take: Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it’s not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe’s top court agrees. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift