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Video: Why Travelport Is Betting Big on Payments and Mobile Booking

skift.com - Digital 17 August 2018
Travelport has worked hard over the last few years to develop new airline merchandising and travel payments solutions on a global level. Next comes the challenge of driving wider adoption in the marketplace.
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On the Beach Buys Classic Collection for $25 Million as Package Rules Get Upended

skift.com - Digital 16 August 2018
Online player On the Beach is making a play to attract the business of offline travel agents by creating a new online dynamic-packaging portal. Got it? In online travel, as in life, it sometimes pays to be flexible, and to buy stuff.
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Booking Holdings Sacrifices Growth and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 12 August 2018
This week in digital news, we looked at earnings from Booking Holdings and the company's adjusted growth expectations, plus a broad view of the future of metasearch.
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Booking Holdings Says Half Its Customers Now Come Direct: Will It Be a Game Changer?

skift.com - Digital 9 August 2018
Some hotel groups will be jealous of Booking Holdings' ability to have one out of every two of its customers booking travel on its brand sites and apps without having to buy online ads to acquire them.
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How Customer Data and Dynamic Inventory Can Deliver Better Travel Buying Experiences

skift.com - Digital 9 August 2018
Today's travel consumer faces a needlessly complex online shopping experience. There are too many choices, and offers are not customized to address buyers' unique needs. To solve this problem, travel brands must use what they already know about their customers to simplify, streamline and personalize the purchase process.
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Booking Holdings Sacrifices Growth for Profit

skift.com - Digital 9 August 2018
The online travel titan faces a reality check after years of extraordinary growth. Booking Holdings forecast that third-quarter growth in its accommodation room nights booked rate would be between 6 percent and 9 percent, well below the 20 percent range typical in the past.
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Klook Raises $200 Million to Expand Activity Bookings

skift.com - Digital 7 August 2018
Given its new lofty valuation of more than $1 billion, Klook has become too expensive for most online travel companies to justify as an acquisition. But would a possible IPO within a few years be successful?
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Skift Tech Forum 2018 On-Stage Videos Are Now Live

skift.com - Digital 3 August 2018
Our inaugural Skift Tech Forum in June gathered travel executives from around the world in Silicon Valley for a day of conversation on personalization, distribution, and digital strategy.
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CEO Interview: MediaAlpha's Steve Yi on the Need for Real Transparency in Travel Search Media

skift.com - Digital 2 August 2018
The word 'transparency' is one of those buzzwords that ad networks love to throw around -- but most traditional networks still operate in a black box that makes smart media buying difficult for travel brands. MediaAlpha wants to fix this.
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Amadeus Signals Interest in Acquiring TravelClick

skift.com - Digital 31 July 2018
TravelClick offers respected business intelligence tools for major hotel chains. That's a solution that Amadeus lacks in its new hospitality software platform. But what price might Amadeus pay for TravelClick that its owners would accept? A price above $1 billion would be another sign of a market bubble.
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Sabre Sees Gains After Tech Investment Turnaround

skift.com - Digital 31 July 2018
Think of travel tech giant Sabre as being like an orchestra. CEO Sean Menke has been like a conductor replacing lead players and changing the tune. So far, investors like what they hear.
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Hotel Tonight and Expedia Offering New Twists on Hidden Hotel Deals

skift.com - Digital 31 July 2018
It's so rare to see something new in online travel. Expedia's Add-On Advantage appears to be a new wrinkle, and HotelTonight's Today's Daily Drop is a flash sale variation that disappears within 15 minutes. Both gives hoteliers new ways to target travelers, who may find some good deals in the process.
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WeChat Pay May Be Missing a Global Expansion Opportunity

skift.com - Digital 28 July 2018
Maybe WeChat Pay will change its mind about how far it can reach globally, especially if, as the writer posits, "one day, chat plus wallet will be as obvious a combination as mobile phone plus camera."
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How Amazon and Netflix are Inspiring a New Generation of E-Commerce in the Hotel Industry

skift.com - Digital 26 July 2018
Following the roadmap of platform-focused businesses like Netflix and Amazon, the hospitality sector is moving toward more comprehensive and personalized online experiences that encompass the broader aspects of travel beyond the hotel walls.
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Trivago Lays Off Staff in Strategy Shift to Emphasize Profitability Over Growth

skift.com - Digital 25 July 2018
A lot of Trivago's problems, including an advertising diss from Booking Holdings, are beyond the company's control so it is doing what it can, namely reducing advertising spend and headcount in an attempt to get into the black. Speaking of Booking Holdings, Trivago may need a dot-com-like Priceline comeback to right the ship.
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Sabre Blends Distribution Network and Airline Units Under New Leadership

skift.com - Digital 18 July 2018
The travel technology giant has bowed to investor and airline demands for a management team more focused on software solutions that help with the retailing, distribution, and fulfillment of travel as an end-to-end journey, not just siloed by function.
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Everyone Wants Inflight Wi-Fi, So Why Is Gogo Struggling?

skift.com - Digital 13 July 2018
Financial pressures and stiff competition is making life tough for Gogo, so much so that it is considering breaking itself up. Perhaps it is more likely that one of the company's many rivals will come knocking with an offer.
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Airline, Hotel and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

skift.com - Digital 12 July 2018
Journera aims to act like a magnet attracting relevant information across company databases about a traveler's complete trip. It would help, say, a hotel learn when a high-status customer's flight has been delayed. While the idea is great in theory, it may prove elusive in practice.
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Wells Fargo Boosts Credit Card Rewards to Better Compete for Travelers

skift.com - Digital 25 June 2018
The credit card rewards scene continues heating up as more providers try to give travelers what they want. With increasingly compelling offers, why get a card that ties you to a single airline?
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Interview: Oracle Hospitality's New Boss Looks to the Cloud for Growth

skift.com - Digital 25 June 2018
Oracle Hospitality provides the most widely used property management systems and point-of-sale systems in hotels worldwide. Giants like Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott rely on it, as do many small independents.
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Amazon Wades Into Travel and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 23 June 2018
This week in digital news, we're still weighing Amazon's growing influence in travel, now via Alexa for hospitality. Are Google and Apple far behind?
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Hotel Tech Consolidation Ramps Up With This Software Merger

skift.com - Digital 18 June 2018
Industry pressure in the hotel technology sector is leading to more technology roll-ups. Expect this to be one of many announcements in the next 18 months.
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Skift Tech Forum Themes and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 17 June 2018
This week in digital news, travel brands across many sectors thought about the long game at Skift Tech Forum. How can companies balance personalization and privacy? What kind of threat do Google and Amazon present? And how big is the gap between the tech haves and have-nots?
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How Travel Brands Can Use Audience Data To Think Strategically About Their Customers' Digital Moments

skift.com - Digital 15 June 2018
Brands in the travel industry have a leg up over those in other industries when it comes to connecting with their customers. Audience data can help them find stories resonating at an exact moment, leading to inspiration that can create moments that matter to travelers and foster connection for brands.
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4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice and Amazon

skift.com - Digital 14 June 2018
On Tuesday, Skift Tech Forum drew about 400 attendees from dozens of travel industry segments and 20 different countries to Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley, to talk about what’s next in travel technology.
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Top Travel Startups and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 10 June 2018
This week in digital news, we studied young, tech-savvy companies around the world that are really innovating, and picked our most promising favorites. Maybe some will become household names, like the ones joining us at Skift Tech Forum next week.

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