Travel website Expedia has teamed with buy now, pay later firm (BNPL) Afterpay for a program to let travelers pay for hotels and flights in installments. The move comes ahead of a holiday season that could see travelers sharply reduce their spending amid high inflation. “As consumers prepare for the peak holiday travel period,...Read more
Expedia Group’s 2023 Traveller Value Index contains some encouraging news for Canadian travel advisors -- consumers in Canada, alongside Western Europe, are the most likely to travel internationally next year.Forty-one percent of Canadians say they are very likely to book or have already booked an international trip in the next...Read more
The launch comes as other services say they are seeing record demand for BNPL for travel purchases and as travelers becoming increasingly budget-conscious. Alex Fisher, Afterpay’s head of revenue for North America, said Expedia is the largest travel business to partner with Afterpay to date. Previously, it’s been used for flights,...Read more
Growth in Expedia’s B2B business is expected to outpace B2C as the global OTA extends its technology platform to third-party partners. Peter Kern, Expedia Group vide president chief executive, told this week’s Phocuswright conference in Phoenix, Arizona, that partners will start to see the capabilities of its Open World platform next...Read more
It was the biggest eruption in a century in January when an undersea volcano off the coast of Tongatapu blew its stack.The resulting tsunami laid waste to the coast and the resorts there - but Tonga vowed to rebuild.And, six months later, when Wendy Smyth was able to book at...Read more
The ever-evolving world of travel is full of surprises and this has never been clearer than with Expedia Groups ‘Unexpected Travel Trends of 2023.’ From the rustic farm-yard getaway to travellers chasing the tales of their favourite movies, the findings show that cooped-up adventurers are looking to live the high...Read more
The Expedia Group unveiled a comprehensive view of traveler trends across its brands and the broader travel industry in 2023.According to data from Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo, as well as industry professionals across 17 countries, 40 percent of travelers were inspired by streamed movies and TV shows, while another 31...Read more
I'm trying to book flights for Christmas and am astonished by the prices. It's never "cheap" to travel, but this is insane! If only I had been given some assistance. Is there a life hack for air travel? YES! Expedia just released their 2023 Air Travel Hacks Report. Take a...Read more
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