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What to Know for Visiting South Africa

Drawing from a mix of cultural influences that include Dutch, English, Ndebele, Sazi and Afrikaner people, South Africa is a vibrant country with gourmet cuisine, fine art, wine and endless opportunities for outdoor fun. If you’re planning a trip, here are some travel tips for travelling in South Africa and advice to make the most of your visit. Victoria Bay Beach When to visit With its multiple biomes and varying climates, South Africa is a year-round travel destination. Being in the Southe...
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What to Know for Visiting California

California is a vast state and it’s all but impossible to see the whole thing in one go, because there’s so much to see and do, with so many different cultures and surroundings. Check out these travel tips for traveling in California, and some advice to keep in mind on your visit. Downtown Long Beach You’ll have connectivity everywhere Where to find internet connectivity is almost always something to know before you go, and should be included on many lists of travel tips, but in California, ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mediterranean, Expedia, Death Valley, Universal Studios, Knott, Napa Sonoma, COACHELLA STAGECOACH, Legoland Disneyland, Redwood National Park Time


Spring Savings: Save Up To 40% On Select Hotels From Expedia!

Please note: This is a sponsored post. Goodbye, winter blues! With spring just a few short weeks away, you’re definitely due for an adventure. Book yours by Mar 1 to save up to 40% on spring escapes through May 31! Sample hotels to save on: New York City hotels  Orlando hotels Miami hotels  Los Angeles […]
Tags: Deals, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Advertisement, Expedia, Orlando


Zillow CEO Rich Barton reportedly just became a billionaire. Meet the serial entrepreneur who also founded Expedia and Glassdoor.

Rich Barton, the founder and CEO of Zillow, became a billionaire after the homebuying site stock surged on a strong earnings report on February 20. Barton led Zillow — which is best known for its suite of real-estate websites including Trulia, HotPads, Naked Apartments, and Streeteasy — to expand into buying users' homes on-demand. Barton also founded travel booking site Expedia while working at Microsoft in the 1990s and cofounded workplace review platform Glassdoor during a nine-year hiatus ...
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Expedia will cut 3,000 jobs to simplify ‘bloated’ business

Expedia said it's cutting thousands of jobs, striving to simplify the "bloated organization" and return the online travel giant to more disciplined growth.
Tags: Travel, Expedia


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. . A spokesperson told Business Insider that Facebook will also take down ads which try to create a "sense of urgency" around the outbreak. Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block has stepped down from his role as co-CEO. Marc Benioff will again be the company's sole CEO, while Block will stay on as an adviser to him through February 25, 2021. Amazon is reportedly deleting some third-party listings that jack up surgical mask prices as ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, Tesla, Airbnb, Louisiana, Foxconn, Expedia, Alexa, Marc Benioff, Block, National Transportation Safety Board, Amazon Alexa, Keith Block


EXp CMO: Here’s what I’ve learned from 3 years in a virtual office

EXp Realty Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Robinson explains the elements needed to work successfully in remote office settings.
Tags: Opinion, Trust, Managing, Radio, Virtual Reality, Zillow, Expedia, Virtual, Virtual Office, EXP, Brokerage, Virtual World, Exp Realty, Virtual Workplace, Mitch Robinson, VirBELA


Expedia to cut around 12% of its workforce as it aims to 'simplify' its business

Expedia is axing around 12% of its workforce. An Expedia spokesperson told Business Insider the company wanted to "simplify how we do business," which entailed "eliminating approximately 12 percent of our direct workforce" – likely equating to around 3,000 jobs. In an internal email sent Monday, a copy of which was obtained and published by GeekWire, unnamed executives said the company had been "pursuing growth in an unhealthy and undisciplined way." Last month, Expedia chairman Barry Diller r...
Tags: Google, Trends, Nasa, Seattle, Expedia, Business Insider, Reuters, Diller, Barry Diller, GeekWire, Mark Okerstrom, Okerstrom, Alan Pickerill


Is a Recession More Likely This Year? Here’s What You Don’t Want to Do (Thinks Out Loud Episode 276)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. Lots of news this week that affects lots of businesses, including the coronavirus news and Expedia announcing a pretty significant set of layoffs. All of this suggests a recession is more likely this year. But, assuming a recession hits, there's a good way to handle it… and a not good way to handle it. What is the good way? What's the bad way? And what do you want to make sure you don't do? The latest episode of T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Seo, United Airlines, Expedia, Mastercard, Tim Peter, Seattle HQ, MarketWatch Apple, Company Profit Warnings Signal, Global Crisis Bloomberg Maersk, CNN Expedia


Expedia Begins Layoffs Targeting 12 Percent of Its Workforce

Diller and Kern are taking an ax, as promised, to Expedia Group's payroll. This could be just the first round, and the thinking might be: Why sell to private equity, have those folks squeeze out the cost savings, and reshape the business when we can do it ourselves?
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Kern, Diller, Expedia Group


Expedia plans to cut about 12% of its workforce

Expedia is cutting about 12% of its workforce after a "disappointing" 2019.
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Expedia to cut 3,000 jobs

Expedia Group Inc said on Monday it would cut about 3,000 or 12% of its workforce as part of a plan to streamline its business.
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Expedia suspends travel listings from mainland China amid coronavirus outbreak

ChinaTravelNews learned on February 14 that Expedia's Chinese website has temporarily taken down listings of hotels, flights and local tour offerings in mainland China.
Tags: Travel, China, Expedia


Silicon Valley and Wall Street are betting you'll want to travel now, pay later. Here are 10 ways startups, banks, and airlines are tapping in to millennial wanderlust.

Many people value experiences over things. Instagram-able vacations are one such experience, but not everyone can afford it, especially not cash-strapped millennials. With student debt, high living costs, and record levels of credit-card debt, many Americans are looking for ways to pay for their travel splurges. Uplift is a startup that partners with travel websites like Kayak and airlines like Southwest and Spirit to offer monthly payment plans for travel loans. Affirm, founded by PayPal cofo...
Tags: Japan, Instagram, US, Trends, Paypal, Earnest, Delta, Silicon Valley, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Iceland, Amex, Max Levchin, Goldman, US Airways, Warby Parker


What to Know for Visiting Mexico

Mexico is a vast country that offers a lot of diverse travel experiences, from gorgeous sun-drenched beaches to ancient cultural sites and vibrant cities with excellent shopping and dining. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at these travel tips for travelling in Mexico and advice to make the most of the visit. Arena Mexico Be prepared for the weather Though Mexico is often thought of as a hot country, you’ll wish you knew that the climate varies from region to region. Mexico is huge, so...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tokyo, South America, Expedia, Yucatan Peninsula, Merida, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Arena Mexico, Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum Cenote Zaci, Valladolid Cenote Ik Kil


Fintechs and lenders are tapping into your vacation FOMO with these 10 ways to travel now, pay later

Many people value experiences over things. Instagram-able vacations are one such experience, but not everyone can afford it, especially not cash-strapped millennials. With student debt, high living costs, and record levels of credit-card debt, many Americans are looking for ways to pay for their travel splurges. Uplift is a startup that partners with travel websites like Kayak and airlines like Southwest and Spirit to offer monthly payment plans for travel loans. Affirm, founded by PayPal cofo...
Tags: Japan, Instagram, US, Trends, Paypal, Earnest, Delta, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Iceland, Amex, Max Levchin, Goldman, US Airways, Warby Parker, Expedia


I’ve worked in a ‘virtual office’ for 3 years – here’s what I’ve learned

I’ve successfully managed tech company teams for many years (including at Expedia and Zillow), and for decades I thought my magic as a manager was an in-person kind of magic. I thought to be effective, my team and peers needed to see and hear me in person. But three years ago I joined eXp Realty — a real estate startup with an entirely remote workforce.  At eXp Realty we use our own virtual workplace called VirBELA. That means not only that my colleagues and team don’t see me in person very ofte...
Tags: Startups, Zillow, Expedia, Podium, Growth Quarters


Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

When a CEO and chief financial officer get pushed out a couple of months earlier, yes, the next earnings call with financial analysts might be unusual. But the Expedia Group fourth quarter earnings discussion on Thursday was one for the record books.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Barry Diller, Expedia Group


INTERVIEW: How Technology and Data are Revolutionizing the Travel and Hospitality Industry

Understanding customer behavior, optimizing revenue, driving higher occupancy, facilitating the booking experience, implementing new marketing strategies - these are just some of the areas that can be easily enhanced by the application of the Expedia's new technologies.
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Travel and Hospitality Industry


Holiday rental search companies accuse Google of ‘unfairly promoting’ its own service in EU: Report

34 companies including Trip Advisor and Expedia have accused Google of “unfairly promoting” its own holiday rental search in Google search results, in a letter to the European Commissioner for Competition, Financial Times reported. The companies reportedly claimed that Google directs more user attention and clicks to its own service by displaying “a visually-rich OneBox at the top […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Eu, European Commission, Antitrust, Expedia, Competition Law, OneBox, Competition Financial Times


Weekend in Auckland

Auckland is a major city near two of New Zealand’s largest harbours and is a great destination for all types of adventures. Even with a weekend trip, you can enjoy some of the best nature and urban experiences in Auckland. Take a look at this suggested itinerary and ideas for spending 2 or 3 days in Auckland and how you can see all the best attractions. Auckland Friday Evening When you arrive on Friday, you’ll have 72 hours in Auckland. Start with dinner at Cotto, a K’ Road restaurant with p...
Tags: Travel, New Zealand, Rainbow, Auckland, Weekend, Expedia, Queen Street, Benedict, Auckland City, Cotto, Cibo, Ponsonby Central, Rangitoto Island, Piha, Apero, Auckland War Memorial Museum


Hey Loretta, Remind Me That Google’s Got Troubles (Thinks Out Loud Episode 273)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. Hey Loretta, Remind Me That Google's Got Troubles (Thinks Out Loud Episode 273) – Headlines and Show Notes Google brought down the house with it's "Loretta" ad at the big game this weekend. But that ad showed the benefits and downsides of the tech giant's power — and why Google’s got troubles ahead of it. This week's Thinks Out Loud takes a look at why Google's strength may be more brittle than you think...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, California, Samsung, Seo, Eu, Netflix, United States, Alibaba, Tencent, Expedia, Joel, Joel Feder


Insurance startups are the hottest sector for VCs, but one Austin-based company thinks it can stand above the crowded industry with a little help from VC powerhouse Accel

Insurance startup The Zebra announced $38.5 million in Series C funding from Accel Partners, Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Floodgate Fund, Ballast Point Ventures, and Weatherford Capital on Wednesday. The Austin-based startup operates in the increasingly competitive insurance space, with millions of VC dollars going into a range of carrier startups.  The Zebra operates more along the lines of travel comparison site Kayak, allowing users to compare plans and carriers on its site. In 2017, ...
Tags: MetroMile, US, Trends, Austin, Silicon Valley, John, Expedia, Accel, Locke, John Locke, Melnick, Dziabiak, Keith Melnick, Josh Dziabiak, Business Insider Accel, Weatherford Capital


Expedia Websites Won’t Even Sell Travel To China

As if China travel wasn't already burdened enough by coronavirus fears, a concomitant drop in demand, and airlines cancelling flights, a major online travel agency group won't even sell tickets in or out of China to passengers looking to buy them. Continue reading Expedia Websites Won’t Even Sell Travel To China...
Tags: Travel, China, Airlines, Expedia, Coronavirus


What to Know for Visiting New Zealand in Summer

New Zealand is beautiful in all seasons, but the summer months provide great opportunities for people living in cold-weather climates to escape the snow and rain of winter in their area. If you’re planning a summer holiday, take a look at these tips for travelling to New Zealand and advice to make your visit a success. Queenstown When is summer in New Zealand? The summer travel season in New Zealand falls in December, January and February. This is the warmest time in New Zealand, making it a...
Tags: Travel, Australia, New Zealand, West Coast, Customs, Wellington, Expedia, North Island, South Island, Northland Auckland, Tasman, Tongariro National Park Abel Tasman National Park


Top City Destinations to Travel in 2020

As we enter the next decade of travel, prepare for major wanderlust. 2020 is the year to make all your holiday dreams happen – to all the right destinations. To help you discover the hottest destinations making their mark this year, Expedia has delved into its traveller data to reveal the top up-and-coming international destinations for Aussies in 2020. The winners are listed in no particular order, but they all have something to brag about. From white sandy beaches to historical sights and old ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Busan, Fiji, Expedia, Aussies, Oaxaca, Turin, Cook Islands, Explore, Marbella, Pacific Island, Monte Alban


The top 5 creative brand ideas you need to know about right now: January 27, 2020

Welcome to our weekly rundown of the Top 5 most innovative brand ideas you need to know about right now. 5. Airbnb: 'Fu' For the Chinese market, Airbnb created this sweet film about a daughter’s unexpected homecoming for the New Year, animated by Oscar-nominated studio Taiko. But watching the tale feels a bit bittersweet, given the current health scare that prevented many Chinese residents from traveling over the holiday.       4. Identv: 'The Long Shot,' R...
Tags: Hbo, Advertising, Clint Eastwood, Airbnb, Red Cross, Expedia, Alcatraz, International Red Cross, Susie Greene, Wunderman Thompson, Rothco Agency Rothco, Liferun Wunderman Thompson Red Cross, Family Saatchi Saatchi London In Canada Expedia


What’s Behind Barry Diller’s Patient Approach to Expedia?

It increasingly looks like what we expected will happen will come true: Chairman Barry Diller is likely to make Expedia Group's acting boss Peter Kern the permanent CEO. It's very probable, too, that Diller is shopping the online agency giant to potential buyers. But who would buy?
Tags: Travel, Expedia, Diller, Barry Diller, Peter Kern, Expedia Group


Barry Diller told Expedia employees that it's not hunting for a replacement for its ousted CEO, and some insiders are worried the $16 billion company is heading for a sale (EXPE)

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller told employees last month at an all-hands meeting that the company is not searching for a new CEO. It's not immediately clear if this means that the company has already made a decision as to its leadership structure. The role has been vacant since Mark Okerstrom resigned as CEO last month over a "disagreement" with the board. Okerstrom himself was the replacement for Dara Khosrowshahi, who famously left Expedia in 2017 to lead Uber.  The company is said to be look...
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