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How TripAdvisor Bested Expedia

How TripAdvisor Bested Expedia The Wall Street Journal report pretty much says it all: At $6.9 billion, Expedia is now worth 40% less than TripAdvisor, which is worth more than $11billion. How did TripAdvisor, a recent former subsidiary of Expedia, pull off such a gain when just a year and a half ago, it was an Expedia holding? Hotelmarketing quite ... Read More »

Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct?

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Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct? With Priceline’s recent purchase of price comparison engine, Kayak, for $1.8 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, the question,  will Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline  and Travelocity be around in five years, could either be exceptionally relevant or exceptionally irrelevant. But it’s a fascinating question, and Hotelmarketing.com  was bold enough to ask it. Their disclaimer was ... Read More »

The Travel Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent!

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The Travel  Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent! Today’s travel agent is more akin to an advisor or consultant than the booking agent of the past. Makes sense. If you wanted to travel  say to the mountain village of Chefchaouen,  Morocco, in the Riff Mountains (enjoy the blue houses and weavers), then wanted to spend a few nights ... Read More »

Review Sites Get Poor Grades

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Review Sites Get Poor Grades KwikChex, the reputation management and consumer-reassurance site, has published its first ratings of the top travel reviews sites. Each site has been awarded a star rating according to a KwikChex analysis of reliability factors. Remarkably, no site has been awarded the top 5 stars at present, but several, such as Booking.com and Expedia have been ... Read More »

LivingSocial Adds Hotels and Dealradar Delivers Deals

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LivingSocial Adds Hotels and Dealradar Delivers Deals Not so long ago, the new, travel “catch term” in a struggling travel economy was the “staycation”. The idea that people could really vacation in their own back yards, getting to know, appreciate and experience their own neighborhoods was novel, and widely accepted. It made sense. Many of us don’t really know our ... Read More »

Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites

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Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites To most, “Travel Agent” means the company on the corner with a couple of big glass windows, lots of fading brochures lying around and inside, a faint whiff of yesterday. But the term “Travel Agent” also refers to giants like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Thomas Cook, AAA and lots of others, referred to as ... Read More »

The Next, Best Air Fare Search Engine!

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The Next Best Air-Fare Search Engine? Don’t let that cute, little chipmunk with the aviator goggles fool you! Hipmunk is, at last, an air- fare search engine that’s elegant, simple and free from the agony of plowing through pages of results that most air fare search engines throw up. If what you want is flight info that’s worth your while ... Read More »

Google Creates Rough Waters for Kayak IPO

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Google Creates Rough Waters for Kayak IPO When we reported on the game-changing 700 million Google -ITA software deal last summer, we quoted Kayak’s Director of Marketing, Robert Birge, as saying he wasn’t especially worried by the deal that would, in effect, give Google dominance in the 80 billion-dollar market for online travel services. Cambridge-based ITA Software controls all the ... Read More »

Google-ITA Deal Threatens Kayak, Orbitz Airfare Search Engines

From From Kaleel Google-ITA Deal Makes Kayak, Orbitz, and Other Airfare Search Engines Worried You can turn the faucet on, but whoever controls the water determines the flow. Or even if they’ll be any water. So, the 700 million dollar acquisition deal that that Google and Cambridge, MA-based ITA Software Inc., just inked, is very worrisome to Kayak, Orbitz, Trip ... Read More »

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