• Making The Southeast Asian Travel Connection Crunch Network

    Making The Southeast Asian Travel Connection

    According to Phocuswright, an independent travel and tourism research firm, the global travel market was worth US$1.3 trillion in 2015. The cut in Asia Pacific (APAC) was US$367 billion; of that, the online travel segment was 32 percent of the pie, which totals around US$117 billion. Read More

  • Hospitality Platform ALICE Raises $9.5M Series A Led By Expedia

    Hospitality Platform ALICE Raises $9.5M Series A Led By Expedia

    ALICE, which allows hotels to manage and complete guest requests across various service departments with ease thanks to its intuitive host of mobile suite products, announced today that it had closed a $9.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Expedia with participation from Laconia, 645 Ventures, and Neuehouse founders as well. The company has raised $13 million to… Read More

  • Expedia Acquires Airbnb Rival HomeAway For $3.9B

    Expedia Acquires Airbnb Rival HomeAway For $3.9B

    Expedia Inc. today announced that it has agreed to acquire the publicly traded vacation rental service HomeAway and its brands (including VRBO.com) for $3.9 billion in cash and common sto Read More

  • The Race To Frictionless Parking Crunch Network

    The Race To Frictionless Parking

    Parking. It’s an issue that impacts everyone who owns a car. People might not think about it or talk about it, but it certainly can be one of those daily frustrations that ignites stress. Traditionally, drivers will circle the block for a coveted on-street parking space or a parking garage that has an affordable hourly rate. However, there is more to parking than white lines, garages… Read More

  • Expedia Sells Majority Stake In Chinese Partner eLong For $671 Million

    Expedia Sells Majority Stake In Chinese Partner eLong For $671 Million

    It’s been a pretty busy and expensive 2015 so far for Expedia — which forked out $280 million to buy Travelcity in February, before shelling out $1.6 billion for Orbitz a week later — but the travel giant is divesting one major asset after it sold its majority stake in eLong, its loss-making partner in China, for $671 million. Read More

  • Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop? Crunch Network

    Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

    In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even became common knowledge that most Seattle-based startups had only two viable exit strategies: go public, or get acquired by Microsoft. Read More

  • Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    After buying Travelocity earlier this month for $280 million, Expedia continues its online travel acquisition spree. Today, the company announced an agreement to acquire Orbitz for $1.6 billion — or $12 per share — in cash, a premium of 29 percent on Orbitz’s current share price. The deal speaks to ongoing consolidation in the market, but also Expedia’s bigger… Read More

  • Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Another day, another company accepting bitcoin in an attempt to cash in on the craze. This time it’s Expedia the travel booking site that’s accepting the virtual currency for hotel bookings. They’re working directly with Coinbase to accept and then convert the BTC into dollars as soon as they hit the travel agent’s coffers. Read More

  • Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

    Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

    Google is reportedly working on an airfare comparison site, according to Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary speaking to the Sunday Independent. O’Leary was much more candid about Google’s upcoming plans than the search giant itself is ever likely to be, describing Mountain View’s intent to build a price shopping engine for comparing airline ticket prices. This would be… Read More

  • Flight Search Startup And Disrupt Contender Superfly Adds Personalized Hotel Booking Service

    Flight Search Startup And Disrupt Contender Superfly Adds Personalized Hotel Booking Service

    Superfly, which helps travelers take advantage of frequent flier miles and airline rewards programs, is expanding its services to include a mobile app for finding and booking hotels. Superfly first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2010 and uses big data to personalize flight results based on consumer travel records. In April, Superfly developed Superbox, which allows users to organize… Read More

  • Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

    Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

    Fotopedia‘s travel apps have been downloaded over 12 million times since the company’s launch in 2011. Since then, the team has experimented with a number of monetization strategies, including paid apps, sponsorships and – most recently – its own ad platform. Today, the company is launching a partnership with Expedia that will make it easy for Fotopedia users to make… Read More

  • Stephen Kaufer on TripAdvisor's IPO

    (Founder Stories) TripAdvisor’s Kaufer: Crucial Early Decisions Paved The Way For An IPO

    Earlier today, TripAdvisor added its name to the list of companies publicly trading on the NASDAQ. After doing so, TripAdvisor’s co-founder Stephen Kaufer stopped by TechCrunch for a Founder Stories interview with host, Chris Dixon. TripAdvisor offers user-generated reviews of everything from hotels to restaurants and claims “50 million monthly unique visitors and 20 million… Read More

  • Tencent And Expedia Invest $126 Million In Chinese Online Travel Marketplace eLong

    Chinese internet giant Tencent and U.S. travel bookings company Expedia have invested in Chinese travel site eLong, totaling $126 million. Tencent has acquired approximately 16% of the outstanding shares for a total purchase price of $84.4 million and becomes the second largest shareholder of eLong. Expedia has acquired approximately 8% of the outstanding shares for $41.2 million, holds 56% of… Read More

  • Expedia To Spin Off TripAdvisor As A Public Company In Q3 2011

    Travel search and booking giant Expedia, which is traded on the Nasdaq under ‘EXPE,’ is spinning off trip reviews site TripAdvisor as a public company. In a release, Expedia said that its Board of Directors has preliminarily approved the plan to separate Expedia into two publicly traded companies. Expedia/IAC must feel that spinning off TripAdvisor as a public company could be… Read More

  • American Airlines' Fares Return To Expedia And Hotwire

    Earlier in January, we heard that American Airlines’ fares and links were removed completely from travel bookings site Expedia, after the two companies failed to come to a distribution agreement. Today, American Airlines and Expedia have made peace, announcing a new ” memorandum of understanding” that will allow the companies to resume doing business together effective… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Buys Trip Planning Service EveryTrail To Expand Mobile Offering

    TripAdvisor, the Expedia-owned travel site, this morning announced it has boosted its mobile travel offering with the acquisition of EveryTrail. The latter, actually a service from GlobalMotion Media, is a GPS-enabled publishing platform that lets people create outdoor walking tours, hiking trails and city guides for mobile devices. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

  • Expedia Acquires FlightTrack App Developer Mobiata

    Expedia has just announced that it has acquired developer Mobiata, the creator of popular mobile travel application FlightTrack. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mobiata creates a number of travel mobile applications including FlightTrack, TripDeck, HotelPal FlightBoard and FareCompare. FlightTrack is the developer’s most popular app and lets you check flight status, access… Read More

  • My Bloody Valentine: Expedia.com

    My Bloody Valentine: Expedia.com

    As you know, today is Valentine’s Day. As such, I thought it was the perfect time to write a love sonnet for my new favorite company: Expedia.com. Actually, I’ll do the opposite. Seeing as it’s a long weekend in the United States (President’s Day is on Monday), I decided I was going to set up a little trip to get away with the girl I’m seeing. A few weeks ago, I… Read More

  • "What Was Your Best MacGyver Moment" And Other Top Oddball Interview Questions

    Google and Microsoft are famous for asking brainteasers during employment interviews to see how candidates think on their feet. But they are not the only companies who ask oddball questions. Glassdoor, the anonymous employee review site, collects these questions from interviewees and just posted a list of the 25 oddest questions from last year. Most of them tend to be math problems… Read More

  • Expedia Takes A Hit On Revenues And Net Income, Shares Soar

    Online travel services group Expedia has reported its results for Q2 2009, and the financials aren’t looking spectacular, but they are not as bad as expected. Although the number of booking transactions handled by the company actually saw a small uptick, gross bookings decreased 5%. As a result, revenues went down 3% (from $795 million in 2008 to $770 million) and operating income… Read More