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How Travel Brands Are Approaching TV Advertising Now

How Travel Brands Are Approaching TV Advertising Now

Most travel brands aren't doing TV or much of any advertising now because of the pandemic. But for the ones still broadcasting spots, they'd better be very clever in terms of sensitivities, or risk
Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company's travel partners suffering in the wake of coronavirus. Plus,
Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

Given that we still don't know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel
Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

There will be a reckoning and perhaps a reordering of the competitive landscape once the coronavirus crisis fades. Meanwhile, companies such as Expedia Group know they need to have extreme focus to

Expedia Withdraws First Quarter Guidance and Halts Share Repurchases

You can expect numerous other companies to withdraw their first quarter financial guidance, if they haven't already done so. A key question is how will the competitive landscape get reshaped once the
Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

Airbnb's fourth quarter financials show it is 10 times larger than Tripadvisor. They also provide clarity that Booking Holdings has a long way to go to catch Airbnb in short-term rental businesses.

Airbnb Bookings Nosedive Because of Coronavirus

Airbnb is subject to most of the same trends that the rest of the hospitality industry is grappling with, whether it be in China, Italy, or South Korea. No big surprise here, although it's good to
How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

Cruise lines were set to have a banner year in 2020, but coronavirus and resultant ship quarantines are putting that in doubt. No one knows what the long-term impact will be. -Maria Lenhart
Expedia Business Services’ New Top Boss to Pull Levers for Long-Term Growth

Expedia Business Services’ New Top Boss to Pull Levers for Long-Term Growth

Expedia in December promoted Ariane Gorin to become boss of Expedia Business Services. Gorin had led a team that had recently won major enterprise accounts, like Marriott's exclusive redistribution
Latin America’s Despegar Will Have to Navigate Coronavirus Currency Impact

Latin America’s Despegar Will Have to Navigate Coronavirus Currency Impact

Coronavirus has caused turmoil in the global financial markets, which has devalued several key currencies and made foreign trips costlier. But devaluation may also make potential acquisition targets
Hostelworld Still Pushing on Expansion Even With $4.5 Million Coronavirus Profit Hit

Hostelworld Still Pushing on Expansion Even With $4.5 Million Coronavirus Profit Hit

There's not much travel companies can do about the coronavirus outbreak. Like many of its peers, Hostelworld is having to execute its growth strategy in an unfavorable environment. -Patrick Whyte
Travel Advisors Field Cruise Concerns as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads

Travel Advisors Field Cruise Concerns as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the cruise industry, with travel advisors caught in the middle as they deal with cancellations and questions from worried clients that are difficult to answer.
Expedia Prepares to Lay Off Thousands and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Prepares to Lay Off Thousands and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller is delivering on his promise to tighten up the company, with recently announced plans to lay off 12 percent of staff. Plus, the short-term rental market is one to watch
Online Travel’s eDreams Odigeo Sees Bookings Tumble After Coronavirus Outbreak

Online Travel’s eDreams Odigeo Sees Bookings Tumble After Coronavirus Outbreak

Online travel agency eDreams Odigeo has been pretty explicit in its bookings breakdown. Similar businesses should also expect a rocky few months ahead as the world deals with the outbreak and spread
Booking Channels Rival Expedia and Will Cut Costs Too

Booking Channels Rival Expedia and Will Cut Costs Too

Could investors be whispering in Glenn Fogel's ears that what's good for Barry Diller's Expedia Group might be beneficial for Booking Holdings, as well? Booking Holdings is usually a first mover in
Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Whether rumors of a merger with rival Gojek will become a fact remain to be seen, but the latest fund injection Grab received for its payment services war chest is a clear boost for its valuation.
Expedia Begins Layoffs Targeting 12 Percent of Its Workforce

Expedia Begins Layoffs Targeting 12 Percent of Its Workforce

Diller and Kern are taking an ax, as promised, to Expedia Group's payroll. This could be just the first round, and the thinking might be: Why sell to private equity, have those folks squeeze out the
Collapse of Australia’s Fly365 Shakes Confidence in Online Booking

Collapse of Australia’s Fly365 Shakes Confidence in Online Booking

The sudden collapse of Sydney-based Fly365, the latest in a string of closures of online booking sites, is expected to shake up consumer confidence in travel agencies. The Australian Federation of
Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

The short-term rental ecosystem is getting bigger, which means many winners are set to emerge from the pack. Expect further brand-driven professionalization, more outside investment, and vendor