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News / Technology
Expedia, Kayak first in travel with plugins for ChatGPT
By Mitra Sorrells | March 23, 2023
ChatGPT is inviting its Plus subscribers to join a wait list to get access to plugins, with plans to roll them out more widely in the future.   Read More
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Can subscription services work for STRs?
By Kathryn Walson | March 15, 2023
The benefits of subscription services for short-term rentals can include recurring revenue streams and customer engagement, loyalty and retention. Read More
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European regulators agree on rentals data sharing approach
By Linda Fox | March 2, 2023
Ministers for competitiveness agreed on the approach as part of a wider strategy for a “balanced tourism ecosystem.” Read More
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How tech is helping vacation rentals prevent disturbances
By Kathryn Walson | March 2, 2023
OTAs point to steps they’ve taken, with Vrbo announcing on January 30 the national deployment of party prevention technology in the booking flow. Read More
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Expedia Group CEO says metrics show strategy is working
By Mitra Sorrells | February 9, 2023
In a call with analysts to discuss the company's Q4 and full year 2022 financial results, CEO Peter Kern says efforts to move all brands to the same front-end tech stack are nearly complete, with Vrbo... Read More
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Opinion / Online
Tracking the loyalty strategies of online travel giants
By Mario Gavira | January 11, 2023
While Expedia, Booking.com and Hopper are betting on financial rewards to boost loyalty, Airbnb is focused on driving retention through love. Read More
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Booking.com, Vrbo and Expedia gain ground in U.S. app downloads
By Kathryn Walson | January 6, 2023
Apptopia says Expedia's app downloads nearly doubled year-over-year to 16.6 million and it, along with Vrbo and Booking.com, benefited from slowing growth for Hopper and Airbnb. Read More
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Expedia's Kern on changing perceptions of its role in travel
By PhocusWire | November 30, 2022
Expedia Group's Peter Kern discusses the company's recent technology, loyalty and sustainability moves at The Phocuswright Conference 2022. Read More
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Expedia Group sees record profitability, revenue in Q3
By Mitra Sorrells | November 3, 2022
 Revenue in the quarter came in at $3.6 billion compared to $2.9 billion in Q3 2021, a 22% increase.   Read More
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Revolut adds rental homes to existing accommodation offering
By Linda Fox | October 19, 2022
The U.K.-based company says the launch of Homes is part of its Stays accommodation booking service, unveiled in 2021. Read More
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Safely raises $12M to expand its short-term rental insurance solutions
By Mitra Sorrells | October 19, 2022
Founded in 2013, Safely provides guest screening and insurance for individual homeowners and professional property managers. Read More
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News / Distribution
Guesty expands hotel offerings with acquisition of YieldPlanet
By Mitra Sorrells | September 14, 2022
Guesty is also launching a new Distribution Hub that adds direct connections with Hopper, Trip.com, Marriott Homes & Villas and Google’s hotel and vacation rental search products. Read More
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Expedia Group posts highest ever Q2 revenue and profit
By Mitra Sorrells | August 4, 2022
 Expedia Group revenue in Q2 was $3.2 billion - up 1% compared to Q2 2019 - and adjusted EBITDA came in at $648 million, up 14% versus the second quarter of 2019. Read More
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Vrbo outranks other OTAs as most downloaded travel app
By Kathryn Walson | July 14, 2022
Vrbo had 10 million downloads in the first half of 2022 – the same amount it had in all of 2021. Read More
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Travel advertisers ramp up spend as demand recovers
By Jill Menze | June 9, 2022
According to a new report, travel ad spend in the U.S. has already reached nearly $623 million in 2022. Read More