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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

The exterior of a Wangfujing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. Trip.com Group said the high-end hotel sector is propelling its financial results. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn’t hurt Trip.com Group to be based […]

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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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Europe Sees Modest Rebound in Cheap Flight Bookings: New Skyscanner Data

Young Asian woman with backpack in international airport looking at the flight information timetables board. Skyscanner, the travel price-comparison brand, has shared data suggesting a rebound in some types of flight bookings in Europe for cheap short hops. Adobe Skift Take: If you’re looking for flickers of hope, new data suggests that budget airlines are […]

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India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

The Jal Mahal Palace near Jaipur, which is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. Sayan Nath / Unsplash Skift Take: One wonders whether some travel companies like MakeMyTrip Group must rethink parts of their business during the pandemic. They may continue to struggle to pay out millions in refunds to customers due to […]

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Trip.com Group’s New Recovery Campaign Shows Tourism Leaders Still Long for China’s Outbound Travelers

Ctrip.com Group CEO Jane Sun launching Travel On. Photo credit: Trip.com Group Skift Take: World tourism leaders make a beeline for this new initiative to get people, especially the world’s highest spending tourists, to travel again. Kudos to Trip.com Group for picking up the mantle to unite the global industry. — Raini Hamdi Read the […]

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Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Pictured is a Spring Airlines A320 bedecked as Booking.com as seen on July 7, 2018. Booking Holdings doesn’t have a financial relief program for travel partners growing out of the coronavirus crisis. Kwok Ho Eddie Wong / Flickr.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings may be calculating that partner memories aren’t exceedingly long. On the other hand, […]

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Trip.com Group Highlights Signs of a China Travel Rebound Despite a Sobering Outlook

Tourists pose for a photo inside the Shanghai Disneyland theme park in east China’s Shanghai, May 11, 2020. China’s domestic short-haul travel is recovering. Ren Long / Alamy Live News Skift Take: China had a head start on both the pandemic and the travel recovery. Trip.com Group’s international business is languishing because of factors beyond […]

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Trip.com Group’s Acquisition of Travix Hints at Appeal of Smaller Travel Agencies

A view of Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands in August 2018. Amsterdam-based Travix has been acquired by online travel giant Trip.com Group at a time when many smaller online travel agencies across Europe are looking for mergers and acquisitions. Piroschka van de Wouw / Reuters Skift Take: Smaller online travel agencies try to make […]

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Booking Holdings Sees Brand Collaborations as Key to Restoring Growth on Steroids

Booking Holdings believes it can gain a more complete view of travelers at the airport or in their destinations to boost the number of repeat customers. Medjet Skift Take: The road back to a flywheel of growth would be a lengthy one for Booking Holdings. Google has a ton of data, too, as do other […]

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Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Airbnb host Kenyatta Forbes holds a Macrame workshop at the Bing Reading Room in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 2017. Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are struggling to gain traction in the selling of sightseeing and experiences compared with new players like Airbnb. Christopher Dilts / Airbnb Experiences Skift Take: Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting […]