With over 4 million “likes” on its Facebook profile, Expedia is now in second place among travel brands just beneath KLM. Expedia’s expanded benchmark numbers in results from eDigitalResearch, show the travel giant topping the Google+ league table to gain in excess of 2.5 million news followers in half a year.
Expedia has just announced completing its acquisition of Auto Escape Group, a leading European car rental entity online. The acquisition from private equity fund Montefiore Investment, tell of Auto Escape Group management migrating to the booking giant’s team as well.
According to new from Expedia this morning, the world’s largest full service online travel site just released the Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP). TAAP gives US travel agents access to Expedia’s global inventory and allows them to earn commissions on hotels, package travel deals , and more.
Ariane Gorin will assume responsibility for the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Gorin will begin her duties immediately, according to today’s press.
When Google acquired ITA flight software a couple of years back, a group of competitors went ballistic warning of unfair practices by the Internet search and ad giant. Most people back then blew off what FairSearch was contending, this author included. As it turns out, a half dozen court cases won and a lot of water under the hotel search bridge, and potential guests really have no choice at all. Google has rigged the hotel booking game into an ad recommendation one.
In a 2014 economy seemingly stagnated OTAs and other travel businesses are feeling some pain. This is not the case for Priceline Group, which just showed a 1st quarter earnings jump of some 36% on international bookings. However, this company’s gain is evidently Orbitz’s and other digital travel business loss. Are we seeing a “weeding out” of good travel entities versus bad ones?
Will mobile technology negate travel service providers’ direct revenue streams? An insightful post by Skift’s Dennis Schaal points to the big OTAs and the coming leverage game of travel bookings via mobile.
Reading news in travel technology this morning any interested party might be a bit confused over all the smoke signals going out from online players. The New York Times suggests simply “Fewer, Bigger Travel Sites”, Expedia stocks are down on the one hand, and their mobile app is revamped a superhuman helper on the other. Meanwhile a startup called Bookt LLC takes a shot at Airbnb.com and vacations. I guess the good news is, travel technology is really still alive and doing well.
Expedia has recently upgraded its mobile app with a set of mobile itineraries capabilities, that give the traveler up-to-date information at every stage of the journey.
Expedia, a full service online travel agency with localized sites in 30 countries, has announced the completion of its acquisition of 61.6% of trivago GmbH, a hotel metasearch company. Following this acquisition, trivago will continue to operate independently from its headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany.For this majority package in trivago Expedia paid approximately €434 million in […]
A USA Today story from yesterday pretty much tells on an online travel industry that has failed on nearly every front to deliver. Let’s face it, just because you can book a plane or hotel on Expedia, this does not equal the innovation and awe so many have spoken of these last three years. Tnooz to this beleaguered writer, online travel should be farther along by now in delivering on its promise.
It’s not easy trying to spot a genuine deal when looking for discounted hotel rooms, but a new Russian startup is hoping to change that. DealAngel, a Moscow-based hotel search engine that helps travelers to get the best possible deal on their lodgings, has just announced plans to open up its API
Expedia is taking the business of travel search up a notch, with reports suggesting it’s currently developing a natural language search engine that will provide a “more human” way of searching for flights, hotel rooms, restaurants and the like.
Kathleen Tan has been named CEO of the AirAsia Expedia joint venture many believe could change the travel game, at least in Asia. According to the news, Tan will oversee Expedia, AirAsiaGo, and Backick businesses in Asia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Of times we can all be privy to being overcritical of each other, but particularly of companies and corporations. Expedia has been a constructively criticized subject of roasting here at Argo Travel many times, but today we thought we would show off a bit of what the world’s biggest online travel agency does.