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Google and Trivago Are Still Selling Ads for Russia Hotels

Google Travel turned off Russia advertisers, but is still getting a limited amount of advertising for Russia travel from ad partners outside Russia. In contrast, Skyscanner and Kayak don't display any information about Russia travel.

Google and Trivago Are Still Selling Ads for Russia Hotels

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Airbnb and Booking: 12 Takeaways From Their Annual Financial Reports

Airbnb went deep while Booking Holdings went wide in terms of product development in 2021. Airbnb assuredly will get back to broadening its product line, if not in 2022, then later.

Airbnb and Booking: 12 Takeaways From Their Annual Financial Reports

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Ukraine Bookers on Airbnb Get Duped Despite Heartfelt Support

Airbnb bookings in Ukraine are very well-intentioned and much of it may be going to hard-hit individual hosts. However, Airbnb doesn’t expressly identify professional hosts so a chunk of the funds may be unwittingly going to big property managers that aren’t even based in Ukraine.

Ukraine Bookers on Airbnb Get Duped Despite Heartfelt Support

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Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

Expedia Group stepped out of the pack and ceased offering travel to and from Russia because of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The company doesn't have a ton of Russia-related business, so even if the move is more symbolic than anything else, it is an important statement.

Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

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Podcast: Measuring Airbnb and Booking’s Profit Momentum

Booking Holdings is a significantly more profitable company than Airbnb, which recovered from the pandemic faster, and likely has more upside, but that is certainly debatable.

Podcast: Measuring Airbnb and Booking’s Profit Momentum

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Podcast: Booking Holding’s CEO on the Smarter Connected Trip

Listen now to a conversation with Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel at Skift Global Forum in September 2021 in New York City.

Podcast: Booking Holding’s CEO on the Smarter Connected Trip

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EDreams Odigeo Targets 7 Million Subscribers by 2025

EDreams Odigeo claimed to have 30 percent more bookings than pre-Covid in December quarter, and to also be outpacing the global airline industry. The online travel agency increased its subscriber base, but still lost $19.5 million.

EDreams Odigeo Targets 7 Million Subscribers by 2025

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Hopper Inherits an Air France-KLM Partnership as Part of Acquisition

The acquisition of Smooss clearly wasn't a budget buster for Hopper, but it could be another piece in the unglamorous behind-the-scenes tech effort to smooth the way for distribution deals with airlines.

Hopper Inherits an Air France-KLM Partnership as Part of Acquisition

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Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

As part of its "connected trip" and loyalty strategy, Booking Holdings argued it can convince hotels and other partners to offer up substantial discounts and perks, and this would spur incremental bookings. But do hotels really want to be a cog in building the Booking.com brand?

Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

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Wego Acquisition of Cleartrip Middle East Would Create Online Travel Group

Booking.com has a substantial presence in the Middle East, but there is a vacuum that Wego Group and homegrown players could begin to fill over the next few years.

Wego Acquisition of Cleartrip Middle East Would Create Online Travel Group