Posted February 23, 2018
Rob Greyber

INTERVIEW: Egencia President Rob Greyber

Egencia president Rob Greyber recently caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to talk about Egencia's growth trajectory and technology investments. Read More »
Posted December 14, 2017

Ryanair Leaves Amadeus And Sues Expedia, Asserting Direct-First Approach

Ryanair has long maintained an aggressively direct-first distribution philosophy. It calls the most heavily trafficked airline website in the world, as well as its preferred platform to keep distribution costs down, nurture direct relationships with customers and, not least, sell them an array of ancillary products for which the low-cost carrier is famous. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2016
Dara Khosrowshahi

INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel. Read More »
Posted July 19, 2016

Egencia Will Finish Orbitz For Business Cutovers This Month

Denver – Egencia will sunset Orbitz for Business and complete client migrations this month, following Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide last year, Egencia Americas senior vice president Mark Hollyhead said in an interview this week at the Global Business Travel Association convention here. Read More »
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Posted June 9, 2016

Hilton Touts Direct-Booking Gains But Sees OTA Backlash

Since the February launch of its 'Stop Clicking Around' campaign, Hilton Worldwide has seen its mobile app downloads rise, loyalty program enrollment surge and direct bookings increase 10 percent year over year. It also has seen a "couple" of online travel agencies de-preference its hotels in search results and showcase only "very basic" Hilton listings, vice president of global OTA and wholesale Stephen Fitzgerald said this week during the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York. Read More »
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Posted February 11, 2016

Egencia Booking Volume Up, 'Corporate Transactions Look Good'

Egencia's gross booking volume increased 13 percent to $1.4 billion for the three months ending Dec. 31, parent company Expedia reported Wednesday. Those quarterly results now include Orbitz for Business, which operates alongside Egencia following the acquisition of Orbitz, which closed in September. Read More »
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Posted November 20, 2015

Egencia-Orbitz For Business Integration Underway

During a company earnings call late last month, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the bulk of the work integrating its recent Orbitz acquisition would occur "over the next nine months," but some business lines, including Orbitz for Business, would be "pushing out to a year or more." Read More »
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Posted September 16, 2015

DOJ Clears Orbitz-Expedia Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz, clearing the final hurdle for the $1.3 billion transaction. Read More »
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Posted August 7, 2015

Lodging Association Latest To Come Out Against Expedia-Orbitz Merger

Hoteliers are imploring the U.S. Department of Justice to reject the proposed merger between Expedia and Orbitz that’s under review, claiming the deal is bad for consumers. Read More »
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Posted May 1, 2015

Expedia Reports 'Very Good' Q1 Egencia Business, Eyes Corporate Acquisitions

Expedia-owned travel management company Egencia on Thursday reported first-quarter gross bookings rose 4 percent year over year to $1.36 billion, compared with a companywide growth rate of 19 percent. Read More »
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