China Bans the Tripadvisor App Controlled by the Country’s Own Trip.com Group

Trip.com Group CEO Jane Sun delivered the keynote speech at the ITB China banquet in 2019. The Chinese government banned the Tripadvisor app, which is controlled by Trip.com Group. ITB China 2019Skift Take: China’s move to ban the Tripadvisor-branded app is somewhat of a head scratcher since the app is actually controlled by China’s Trip.com…… Continue reading China Bans the Tripadvisor App Controlled by the Country’s Own Trip.com Group

Understanding the Finances Behind Trip.com’s Global Ambitions: New Skift Research 🔐

A neon sign for a hotel in Hong Kong; Trip.com is the largest online travel agency in China. Aleksandar Pasaric / PexelsSkift Take: How do you measure the largest booking site in the world? Is it rooms sold, gross bookings, commissions earned, or profits. A look into Trip.com shows the need to be nuanced in…… Continue reading Understanding the Finances Behind Trip.com’s Global Ambitions: New Skift Research 🔐

Travel Companies Adapt to a Livestreaming Trend That May Outlast the Pandemic

James Jianzhang Liang, chairman of Trip.com Group and co-founder of Ctrip.com, has done a couple of dozen “Boss Live Stream” webcasts in 2020. Trip.com GroupSkift Take: The pandemic rapidly sped up a trend in livestreams. But the early success of Trip.com Group’s and Alibaba Group’s Fliggy webcasts marketing travel suggests that the phenomenon is here…… Continue reading Travel Companies Adapt to a Livestreaming Trend That May Outlast the Pandemic

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 OrientalSkift 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 in…… Continue reading China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Some luxury hotels in Chicago were working in February 2020 with Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that helps refugees find jobs. Despite massive travel industry job losses around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, some travel companies are indeed hiring. Adobe Stock ImageSkift Take: Amidst the carnage, there are job openings in the travel industry.…… Continue reading Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

Trip.com CEO Jane Sun is seeing signs of recovery in China’s domestic travel market as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country. Trip.comSkift Take: For Trip.com Group’s top leader, the message is clear. Countries around the world should not squander any chances to control the virus, and neither should the travel industry let a serious…… Continue reading What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

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. AirbnbSkift 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 to…… Continue reading The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

In 2017, eDreams Odiego moved into new offices in Barcelona designed by Vimworks. The company is pushing its new Prime subscription product. VimworksSkift Take: EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number…… Continue reading EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

TripAdvisor and Ctrip Enter Into Chinese Joint Venture and Global Licensing Agreement

TripAdvisor and Trip.com Group announced a joint venture. TripAdvisorSkift Take: The TripAdvisor-Trip.com Group deal is both a shocker and a non-shocker. When Ctrip decided to change the parent company name to Trip.com Group, you could see a certain affinity with the TripAdvisor brand. On the other hand, Booking Holdings has been Ctrip’s longtime best friend…… Continue reading TripAdvisor and Ctrip Enter Into Chinese Joint Venture and Global Licensing Agreement