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HomeAway alums spearhead $200M investment SPAC
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HomeAway alums spearhead $200M investment SPAC
By Kevin May | March 9, 2021
The SPAC is head by chairman Brian Sharples, who served as co-founder and CEO of HomeAway until 2016, alongside CEO Cotter Cunningham, previously founder, chairman and CEO of RetailMeNot. Read More
VIDEO: Peter Kern on how COVID gave Expedia Group “courage”
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VIDEO: Peter Kern on how COVID gave Expedia Group “courage”
By Jill Menze | December 29, 2020
Speaking at his first Phocuswright Conference since assuming leadership of Expedia Group, Peter Kern discussed the company's multi-brand strategy, Google and more. Read More
InPhocus, episode 25 - Vrbo president Jeff Hurst on its 25-year legacy
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InPhocus, episode 25 - Vrbo president Jeff Hurst on its 25-year legacy
By Kevin May | October 23, 2020
Jeff Hurst talks about the key moments in the Vrbo story, the impact that the arrival of Airbnb had on the short-term rental marketplace and what the sector might evolve into next.  Read More
Expedia signals private accommodation could be the recovery leader
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Expedia signals private accommodation could be the recovery leader
By Kevin May | July 7, 2020
In an unscheduled financial filing yesterday, Expedia Group says its Vrbo brand is the largest contributor to gradually improving booking behavior. Read More
VIDEO: Where the next great travel company will emerge
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VIDEO: Where the next great travel company will emerge
By Kevin May | June 29, 2020
An individual iPhone 10 in 2020 contains more computing power than every computer in 1986 on the planet - that's a fact that is often hard to get your head around. Read More
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Expedia Group retires HomeAway, moves customers over to Vrbo
By Mitra Sorrells | June 23, 2020
Expedia Group is getting rid of the HomeAway brand in the United States as it works to simplify its global vacation rental portfolio. Read More
Expedia Group names Peter Kern as new CEO, lands $3B financing package
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Expedia Group names Peter Kern as new CEO, lands $3B financing package
By Mitra Sorrells | April 23, 2020
The announcement today from chairman and senior executive Barry Diller also includes a new CFO and $3.2 billion in new capital - $2 billion coming as debt financing and $1.2 billion an equity investment... Read More
Lessons to reflect on after Expedia Group board presses the nuclear button
Opinion / Online
Lessons to reflect on after Expedia Group board presses the nuclear button
By Yeoh Siew Hoon - WebInTravel  | December 6, 2019
Clearly, Mark Okerstrom's "Everest" was deemed one mountain too high by the chairman of the board, Barry Diller - but the ex-CEO was trying his hardest. Read More
Sounding Off: Rebrands are brave but sometimes don't go far enough
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Sounding Off: Rebrands are brave but sometimes don't go far enough
By PhocusWire | November 15, 2019
Perhaps the biggest opportunity to simply run every type of accommodation under the Expedia brand, with the power that its platform has in the marketplace, was dismissed too quickly. Read More
Vrbo tests unbranded listings, upsets property managers
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Vrbo tests unbranded listings, upsets property managers
By Mitra Sorrells | October 30, 2019
Property managers are not pleased with Vrbo's test of removing property management company names from listings. Read More
Expedia Group fully acquires CanadaStays to boost vacation rental presence up north
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Expedia Group fully acquires CanadaStays to boost vacation rental presence up north
By Jill Menze | August 22, 2019
CanadaStays, with which Expedia Group has had a strategic partnership since 2015, will be integrated into the Vrbo brand. Read More
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
Opinion / Distribution
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
By James Burrows - Rentals United  | August 16, 2019
With Google entering the vacation rental market, what future developments could impact direct bookings, guest experience, customer ownership and the current ecosystem? Read More
wit mark okerstrom interview
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Mark Okerstrom on competitor moves, Expedia's strengths and what he's had to "unlearn"
By Siew Hoon Yeoh - WebInTravel  | August 12, 2019
In this wide-ranging interview, the Expedia Group boss opens up about where the travel company fits in an ever-evolving tech landscape. Read More
expedia group q2 2019
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Vrbo ticks revenue growth as Expedia Group gets brand "back on track"
By Jill Menze | July 25, 2019
For the quarter ending June 30, revenue for Vrbo was up 17% compared to the second quarter of 2018, while gross bookings were up 2% compared to the same period. Read More
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Influential travel sites for booking not always the big players
By Linda Fox | July 19, 2019
Online travel agents might be spending billions on marketing yet very few make the cut when it comes to sites used to choose a hotel. Read More