Airbnb’s Blockbuster IPO May Tempt Barry Diller to Spin Off Vrbo From Expedia 🔒

Skift Take: One plus one can equal three sometimes when it comes to spinoffs, especially during the current era where there appears to be an IPO and valuation bubble. Expedia Group seems to be resisting an impulse to spin off Vrbo, let alone Egencia, for now, but the pressure could be substantial. — Dennis SchaalRead…… Continue reading Airbnb’s Blockbuster IPO May Tempt Barry Diller to Spin Off Vrbo From Expedia đź”’

Latest Lawsuit Against Google Demands Changes That Could Impact Travel Search

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The search giant announced a raft of new features at an event celebrating its 20th anniversary. 38 states and territories sued Google over antitrust concerns. David Paul Morris / BloombergSkift Take: This latest lawsuit…… Continue reading Latest Lawsuit Against Google Demands Changes That Could Impact Travel Search

European Union Antitrust Boss Cites Booking and Google in Antitrust Remarks

Skift Take: Booking.com has prided itself on being a household name in its European home base, but will have a tough time avoiding a European Commission designation of gatekeeper. Such stature could bring increased restrictions. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Airbnb’s Shiny $100 Billion Valuation and 14 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

(From top and counter-clockwise) Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk participated virtually in the Nasdaq bell opening ceremony on December 10, 2020. AirbnbSkift Take: In Skift’s top travel stories this week, we covered the Airbnb IPO from every angle. There were other stories, too, including Google launching new tools for destinations and…… Continue reading Airbnb’s Shiny $100 Billion Valuation and 14 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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

Tripadvisor Stands Up for Free Speech and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tripadvisor stood up for a reviewer who landed in jail in Thailand after writing a review of a hotel there. SkiftSkift Take: In travel news this week, Tripadvisor went to bat for an American expat reviewer who was tossed in jail for a review he wrote about a hotel in Thailand, JetBlue said it was…… Continue reading Tripadvisor Stands Up for Free Speech and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tripadvisor to Launch Its First Subscription Plan for Travelers

A look in the past at a decorative wall at TripAdvisor’s Needham, Massachusetts, headquarters. Most employees currently work from home. TripadvisorSkift Take: Has Tripadvisor finally come up with a subscription plan for consumers that would enable it to differentiate itself from competitors and to more effectively compete with consumers? One challenge would be to get…… Continue reading Tripadvisor to Launch Its First Subscription Plan for Travelers

Can Tripadvisor’s Grand Strategy Experiment Set It Apart?

Skift Take: Give Tripadvisor credit for its attempts mid-pandemic to diversify its various revenue streams at a time when Google is rising. But the latest push to get price-conscious travelers to book their entire trips on Tripadvisor will be a tough sell. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Tripadvisor’s Viator Stays On Top in Online Day Tours: New Skift Research

Despite COVID-19 challenges, booking tours online has strong growth potential. Janis Oppliger / UnsplashSkift Take: Tripadvisor’s tours & activity subsidiary, Viator, is currently a market leader in its sector but the size of that lead over rivals is shrinking. — Seth BorkoRead the Complete Story On Skift