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13% of travelers to Hawaii test positive for COVID-19, Kauai seeks to opt out of Safe Travels program, Honolulu limits Thanksgiving parties to 5 people, unemployment tax expected to triple, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Travelers get screened at Honolulu airport PC:state of HawaiiTravelers testing positive up fourfold in November. Travel-related COVID-19 cases in Hawaii have more than quadrupled since the state began allowing nonessential travel in October, according to new data released by the state Department of Health. State health officials said Tuesday that 13% of travelers to Hawaii tested positive for COVID-19 in November, up from 3% in October, even though the total number of COVID-19 cases in g...
Tags: Travel, US, United States, Hawaii, Airbnb, Pacific, Expedia, Vrbo, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, State, Adams, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands


Booking.com and Expedia raised $4 Billion to ride out the pandemic. Only one needed it.

For travelers looking to book a flight or hotel room, Booking.com and Expedia.com look a lot alike. Yet the two fared very differently when the coronavirus pandemic shut down travel, thanks to different strategies behind their websites.
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Looking Forward: Expedia.com Reveals the Top Travel Trends and Tips for U.S. Travelers in 2021

What do Lima, Osaka and Lisbon have in common? These were all trending destinations for U.S. travelers in 2019. Fast-forward to 2020's trending list: Lincoln, New Hampshire. Lake Havasu, Arizona. The Hamptons, New York.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Lisbon, U S Travelers, Lima Osaka, Lincoln New Hampshire Lake Havasu Arizona


COVID Has Made Online Travel A Game Of Millimetres, And He Who Solves Testing Wins Big

COVID has turned online travel from a game of inches to one of millimetres, said Timothy Hughes, vice president corporate development of Agoda, paraphrasing an oft-quoted phrase of former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Timothy Hughes


10 things in tech you need to know today

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Nick Wass/Associated Press Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching soon!Steve Bannon isn't getting booted from Facebook. Despite the former White Hous...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, White House, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Tripadvisor, Jack Ma, Wall Street Journal, Expedia, Margrethe Vestager, Cisa


Hotels.com, Expedia provider exposed data for millions of guests

The hotel industry now has a potentially serious security headache on its hands alongside the pandemic. Website Planet reports that Prestige Software, the company behind hotel reservation platforms for Hotels.com, Booking.com and Expedia, left data exposed for "millions" of guests on an Amazon Web Services S3 bucket. The 10 million-plus log files dated as far back as 2013 and included names, credit card details, ID numbers and reservation details.
Tags: Travel, Amazon Web Services, Expedia


Loews New Orleans' rooms and packages are deeply discounted now through the end of the year — after my stay, I'm convinced it offers strong value with reassuring COVID policies

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The spacious Premium River View Room. Paul Oswell/Business Insider The Loews New Orleans Hotel is operating with some restrictions during the early stages of phase three in the cityI booked a stay to check on service levels and COVID-19 protocols, as well as to enjoy its prime location in the Central Business DistrictI booked an entry level Deluxe City View Room, but thanks to a promotion was upgrad...
Tags: Trends, San Diego, New Orleans, Keurig, Epa, Tripadvisor, North America, Expedia, Mississippi River, Art Deco, New York Miami, Peters, Brennan, Loews, Harrah, Central Business District


Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model, Mexico City’s Casai raises $23 million to grow in Latin America

With travel and tourism rising across Latin America, Casai, a startup combining Airbnb single unit rentals with hotel room amenities, has raised $23 million to expand its business across Latin America. The company, which initially was as hit hard by regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as other businesses in the hospitality industry has recovered to reach nearly 90 percent of total capacity on the 200 units it manages around Mexico City. The company was co-founded by chief executive Nico...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Real Estate, Mexico, Tech, Engineer, Andreessen, Tourism, Mexico City, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Financial Services, Laser


Expedia’s Drew Bowering on emerging travel trends

As our industry starts to welcome early signs of recovery, at least domestically while bubble plans accelerate across the Tasman, now is a critical time for us to analyse the long-term impact on traveller booking behaviours in the wake of the pandemic.
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Expedia, Agoda Say ‘Sacred Cows’ Of Rate Parity And Last Room Availability Killed By Covid

The adversarial relationship between hoteliers and the OTAs has changed to an "all hands on deck mentality" during COVID with operators no longer insisting on rate parity and last room availability - once major sticking points - as they scramble to put heads on beds, according to Expedia and Agoda.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Expedia Agoda


Expedia’s Quirky Ad Encourages Cooped-Up Consumers to Turn Travel Fantasies Into Reality

A living-room coffee table becomes a convertible car with unlimited miles, and a household broom turns into a diving board for a crystalline swimming pool. That's what can happen if you let your imagination run wild and daydream about a vacation while sheltering at home. Expedia knows that many people in the country are going...
Tags: Travel, Advertising, Expedia


What's hidden in the fine print of Expedia’s “Revive and Relief” coronavirus recovery program | By Gautam Lulla

Expedia announced at the end of May that it would pledge $275M in coronavirus relief to the industry, with $250M going to its lodging partners in the form of marketing credits and reduced commissions. It has since begun piloting this "Revive and Relief" program in various markets, targeting independent hotels and small chains.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Gautam Lulla


Planning a Trip to Cuba the Right Way

The iconic images you see on social media feeds from a trip to Cuba are enticing. All those salsa dancers, smiling kids playing baseball, and cigar-smoking men playing music or driving classic cars paint an exotic picture. You see visitors walking on deserted beaches, a fruity rum drink in hand. Don't you want to beam right into that? It can be an idyllic trip for sure if you can avoid the potential downsides. Your chances will improve greatly if you let an expert take care of the details on t...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, Obama, Mexico, Americas, Canada, Chevy, Jamaica, Jfk, Cuba, Luxury Travel, Latin America, Havana, Caribbean, Castro


Domestic getaways that feel like a world away

At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now? To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard. Daintree Ecolodge Bali Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Bali, Australia, Singapore, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Philippines, Hawaii, Brisbane, South Australia, Bahamas, Expedia, Aussies, Travellers, Explore


Traveloka tops up with $250M amid the coronavirus crisis

Indonesia-based online travel portal, Traveloka, has picked up $250M in fresh funding to beef up its coronavirus-battered balance sheet. The travel aggregator dubs the capital injection a “strong vote of confidence” in its strategy to adjust to what it couches as a ‘new normal’ for travel by retooling its focus on domestic and short hop excursions and activities. The funding round is led by an unnamed global financial institution. Traveloka also says “some” existing investors also participate...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Asia, Indonesia, Tech, Thailand, Malaysia, Tourism, Vietnam, Travel Industry, Expedia, Staycation, Traveloka, Recent Funding, Willson Cuaca, Coronavirus


7 Ways to Evoke a Vacation State of Mind

With various restrictions and travel limitations still in place, many Aussies may be feeling holiday-deprived now more than. In fact, even pre-pandemic, Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation study, which looks into the trends and attitudes around annual leave, revealed deprivation levels were on the rise in Australia. However, Aussies widely understood and appreciated the benefits of taking a holiday. The top reasons cited for taking a trip were: Travelling improves my general health and well-b...
Tags: Travel, Cook, Australia, Inspiration, Expedia, Aussies, Vacation State of Mind


The Best Insurance for Your Summer Road Trip

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stretches on, many Americans have changed their travel plans. Suddenly this summer, driving has become a popular option—85% of U.S. travelers say they are likely to take a road trip, according to a recent Expedia poll. While opting for the car means you may not need insurance for…Read more...
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Expedia® 2020 Summer Travel Report Reveals Same-State Stays, Road Trips and Flexibility Pave the Way to Recovery

Summer travel inarguably looks different this summer, and the latest report from Expedia.com sheds light on the emerging priorities and behaviors of Americans looking to get away. Leveraging search and demand data and a national poll of 1,000+ Americans, results from the report include:
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Expedia’s Melissa Maher talks recovery in travel, partnership with hotels

Charuta Fadnis, senior vice president, research & product strategy at Phocuswright hosted 'The Breakfast Show In North America' at WiT Virtual Summit on 24 June when she interviewed Melissa Maher, chief inclusion officer & senior vice president, Expedia Group, on issues from the company's recovery programme to its diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Tags: Travel, North America, Expedia, Phocuswright, Expedia Group, Melissa Maher, Charuta Fadnis


How You Can Help Australia Get Back On Its Feet

As Australia goes through different phases of recovery, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave traces of uncertainty, Aussies are starting to scratch that travel itch, from dreaming, to planning, to actually packing their bags and sneaking in a quick (and safe) getaway. Expedia data reveals the appetite for travel continues to rise, with search results indicating Aussies are wasting no time in researching where they want to escape to. But the big question remains top of mind: where can ...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Adelaide, Travel Tips, Expedia, Aussies, Explore, Port Stephens, Kangaroo Valley, Noosa Farmers Market, Blackall Range, Adelaide Central Market, McLaren Vale Enjoy, Barossa House, Maggie Beer 's Farm Shop Escape


Exclusive: Expedia Is Matching Advertising Spend by Travel-Related Businesses

Expedia Group, the online booking conglomerate that owns the travel agencies Expedia, Hotwire.com, Orbitz and Travelocity, has announced a $25 million initiative aimed at leveraging the brand's media and advertising platform to help travel-related business weather the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Announced today, the initiative will see Expedia match a portion of ads placed...
Tags: Travel, Advertising, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia Group, Expedia Hotwire, Adapting to Crisis, Life After Lockdown


Expedia Is Matching Advertising Spend by Travel-Related Businesses

Expedia Group, the online booking conglomerate that owns the travel agencies Expedia, Hotwire.com, Orbitz and Travelocity, has announced a $25 million initiative aimed at leveraging the brand's media and advertising platform to help travel-related business weather the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Announced today, the initiative will see Expedia match a portion of ads placed...
Tags: Travel, Advertising, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia Group, Expedia Hotwire, Adapting to Crisis, Life After Lockdown


How to use your flight credit on Expedia

If you had to cancel or change your non-refundable flight due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), most airlines would have offered you a credit instead of a refund. To make it easier for you, we read all the fine print so that you don’t have to. So, here is a guide on how to use a flight credit to book your next trip on Expedia. Using your flight credit issued due to COVID-19 Good news! You can use your flight credit immediately. First, have your itinerary number, credit amount and traveller name(s) ha...
Tags: Travel, Feature, Travel Tips, Expedia, Jetstar, Expedia Customer Service


Apple says its App Store facilitated $519B in commerce in 2019

Amid increasing antitrust scrutiny by U.S. regulators, Apple announced an update on its App Store ecosystem. While the company normally shares some App Store metrics during its WWDC keynote, it’s today detailing the results of a new study that claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated half a trillion ($519 billion) in billings and sales globally in 2019. This is a new and broader figure than has been previously reported, as it includes all transactions the App Store facilitates, not just those ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, Japan, Etsy, China, Tech, Netflix, Commerce, New York Times, Mlb


Why Travel Stocks Jumped Higher Today

Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) is up 5.7%. Basically, they form a continuum of the tourism experience, wherein would-be travelers might begin researching a trip on TripAdvisor before heading over to Expedia to make reservations to stay at a Marriott or Hyatt hotel upon arriving at their destination.
Tags: Business, News, Marriott, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Hyatt, Hyatt Hotels NYSE


Online Travel: Can Anyone Challenge The Supremacy Of Booking And Expedia? | By Peter O’Connor

Despite their comparative youth, Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) wield an incredible influence in today's travel sector. Recent estimates suggest that two companies (Booking Holdings and Expedia Inc. respectively) control over ninety percent of the indirect online travel market in the U.S. market, making them incredibly powerful. As a result, there have been frequent calls (and increasingly, anti-trust investigations) to try to reduce their influence. Short of breaking them up, the big ques...
Tags: Travel, Short, Expedia, Expedia Inc, Peter O'Connor, Booking Holdings


#QuarantineLife with no break in sight? Here's 7 ways to evoke a vacation state of mind

Staying home has become the new norm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the accompanying restrictions have momentarily put a stop to most nonessential travel. An Expedia® poll1 of 1,500 U.S. residents, conducted between May 4 and 8, 2020, shows 60% of people have already changed or canceled their travel plans and another 70% are worried about outbreaks impacting future trips.
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Emarketer’s Industry Voices: Marketing In Uncertain Times With Expedia

As we continue to navigate the rapidly shifting landscape and impacts of COVID-19, we are starting to see green shoots of traveler interest and intent returning. We have nearly a decade of experience supporting destinations in times of crisis, and while this global pandemic is unprecedented, we use the power of data and key learnings to help our advertising partners and the industry prepare for recovery.In a recent interview, eMarketer vice president of business development Marissa Coslov...
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Emarketer, Expedia Group, Marissa Coslov, Wendy Olson Killion


OTAs search for silver lining

OTAs Expedia and Booking.com have cut teams and each drawn in more than USD3bn, to give them enough cashflow to survive the coronavirus shutdown.The cutbacks and cash calls come as Expedia is already into a restructuring, under new leadership. But for Booking, an adjustment to the effective halving of revenues has been more painful, with substantial divisional layoffs.It was in February that Expedia cut 3,000 from its workforce, as the group looked to start streamlining its business.
Tags: Travel, Expedia


Expedia Chairman Barry Diller on travel, airline bailouts, and advertising amid COVID-19 crisis

"Cataclysmic." That's how Barry Diller described the current state of the world in an interview with CNBC Thursday. Diller sits in a unique position amid the COVID-19 crisis, leading one of the world's largest travel companies as Expedia's chairman while also overseeing internet and media giant IAC. Here's a quick recap of the interview:
Tags: Travel, IAC, Cnbc, Expedia, Diller, Barry Diller



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