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May 14 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

TripAdvisor’s Price Display Weakens OTAs’ Significance to Hotels

Research Question: How will TripAdvisor’s price display tool change the way OTAs and hotels interact with TripAdvisor? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: EXPE, GOOG, KYAK, OWW, PCLN, TRIP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings TripAdvisor Inc.’s (TRIP) price display tool has made traditional online travel agencies less crucial to hotels, which now can […]

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Zillow Offers Agents Low ROI Outside of Premier Platinum Membership

Research Question: How indispensable is Zillow for real estate agents and brokers? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: MOVE, TRLA, Z Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings †Nine of 14 real estate sources find Zillow Inc. (Z) to be dispensable, with a low return on investment and failure to generate leads that result in […]

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Fragmented Car Rental Market Will Challenge Rate Increase Attempts

Research Question: How are rental-car company pricing and market share expected to trend now and over the next 1 to 3 years? By: David Franklin Companies: CAR, HTZ Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Sources acknowledge that the current rental car pricing landscape is highly competitive, with low prices, discounting, and promotions dominating […]

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HomeAway’s Reach Makes It a Necessary Evil for Owners, Managers

Research Question: Will new bundle options and tiered pricing result in greater usage of HomeAway’s sites, or will the corresponding listing price hikes put off homeowners and property managers? By: David Franklin Companies: AWAY, EXPE, GOOG, KYAK, PCLN, TRIP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings HomeAway Inc.’s (AWAY) new pricing and listing bundle […]

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Jan 29 2013 Services, Travel & Leisure

TripAdvisor’s New Meta-Search Display on Track to Boost Growth

Research Question: Will TripAdvisor’s new hotel meta-search display for mobile users increase consumer traffic and bookings while growing advertising revenue? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: GOOG, OWW, PCLN, TRIP, YELP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Nine of the 12 sources who commented on the impact of TripAdvisor Inc.’s (TRIP) meta display believe […]

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Jan 09 2013 Travel & Leisure

2013 Wave Season Bookings Starting Out Strong, River Cruises Gaining

Research Question: What is the outlook for 2013 wave season bookings? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: CCL, DIS, RCL Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Most travel agents, all four suppliers and an industry specialist interviewed by Blueshift expect bookings for the 2013 wave season to be up year to year. Four of […]

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Travel Reviews Shield TRIP and Are GOOG’s Next Step to Reshaping Industry

Research Question: Will Google’s foray into the online travel sector take share from OTAs and review websites such as TripAdvisor? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: AWAY, EXPE, FB, GOOG, KYAK, OWW, PCLN, TRIP, YELP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Google Inc. (GOOG) has online travel agencies (OTAs) worried, but will not take […]

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Aug 06 2012 Travel & Leisure

OTAs’ TripAdvisor Allocations Increased, Now Being Maintained

Research Question: With its traffic quality improvement strategy, will TripAdvisor see an increased share of its OTA clients’ customer acquisition budgets? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: EXPE, FB, GOOG, PCLN, TRIP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings TripAdvisor Inc. (TRIP) already has seen an allocation increase in customer acquisition budgets during the past […]

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Jul 10 2012 Travel & Leisure

PCLN’s Booking.com Claims More of Europe’s Higher Hotel Bookings

Research Question: How do European hotel bookings and the market share for Priceline’s Booking.com compare sequentially and year to year? By:  Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: EXPE, GOOG, PCLN, TRIP Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Second-quarter bookings for European hotels were stronger sequentially. Booking.com (Priceline.com Inc./PCLN) has gained more share of the […]

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IGT Losing Its Lead Position in Gaming Equipment

Research Question: Has IGT lost the leading market position in the gaming equipment business? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: ASX:AGI, ASX:ALL, BIT:LTO, BYI, IGT, MGAM, TYO:9766/KNM, WMS, WYNN, ZNGA Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings International Game Technology (IGT) has lost the lead position within the gaming equipment industry and will be […]

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