|Bid||121.78 x N/A|
|Ask||122.14 x N/A|
|Day's range||122.50 - 123.62|
|52-week range||95.17 - 126.52|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||0.66|
|PE ratio (TTM)||30.16|
|Forward dividend & yield||1.23 (0.98%)|
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(Bloomberg) -- In the past year, hotel chains and home-sharing sites have started encroaching on each other’s turf. Airbnb Inc. advertises hotel rooms on its platform and Marriott International Inc. recently launched a home-stay offering.The latest player to blur the lines is short-term rental start up Sonder. The San Francisco-based hospitality company is expanding beyond its network of custom-designed vacation apartments, signing leases with 17 off-the-beaten-path, mom-and-pop style hotels in New York, London, Dublin and other cities in recent months – and is negotiating an additional 40 properties.Sonder targets the sweet spot between a home and a hotel, merging the vibe of an Airbnb in a hip neighborhood with the convenience of a hotel’s 24/7 concierge and professionally cleaned sheets. Sonder advertises its units on Airbnb and Expedia Group Inc.’s Vrbo, complying with local rules and regulations in the 21 cities where it operates.After raising $225 million in a funding round in July, valuing the company at more than $1 billion, Sonder decided to veer away from its traditional short-term rental model and elbow its way into the hotel industry.Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Francis Davidson says Sonder will be raking in more revenue than Marriott by 2025. That won’t be easy: The world’s largest hotel company had revenue of $21 billion last year and manages more than 1 million rooms.By contrast, Sonder has 10,000 listings, albeit five times as many as it did a year ago. Moreover, its business model has some unwelcome parallels. Leasing space under long-term deals for short-term stays is what led WeWork Cos. to accumulate a pile of debt, which generated investor blow back and ultimately forced the postponement of its public market debut.“We have seen how bad the reception was for WeWork doing leases and how it eats into profitability, especially in the initial phase when the company signs all these leases,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mandeep Singh. “The question is, what is it technologically that differentiates them from hotel chains – why would anybody pick a Sonder over a hotel?”Davidson says Sonder can charge 20% less than a four-star hotel, using technology to reduce costs and provide guests with a seamless on-app check-in, keyless entry and a mobile concierge. “Our big edge over hotels is that their model hasn’t evolved in the last 40 years,” Davidson says, adding that Sonder’s units are typically found in neighborhoods that major hotels don’t usually occupy.The company has taken over old hat factories, police stables and small historic hotels like Philadelphia Queen Hotel, The Abbey Hotel in Miami or the Flatiron Hotel in New York.Chirag Patel, who runs a family business of 10 small hotel properties in California, working with Sonder has removed his daily administrative tasks without denting his profits. “You get a fresh new look instead of the regular old 40 - 50 rooms that all look pretty much the same,” he says.Lodging researcher and former New York University hospitality dean Bjorn Hanson says Sonder will likely come as a relief to mom-and-pop hotel owners like Patel, who may be tired of operating in a highly volatile market. At least with Sonder, “they pay the lease, they bear the risk,” he says.To contact the reporter on this story: Olivia Carville in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at email@example.com, Molly Schuetz, Robin AjelloFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel startup, is getting into financial services.The startup backed by Expedia Group Inc. and JD.com Inc. will issue a credit card with Indonesia’s PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Persero Tbk linked to its booking services. The travel app is targeting many users across the Indonesian archipelago who have little or no access to traditional banking or reliable internet.Founded by three engineers in 2012, Traveloka -- said to be valued at around $2 billion in 2017 -- has expanded across Southeast Asia by making it easier for consumers to book flights and hotels within the region. It’s raised at least $500 million from investors including Hillhouse Capital and Sequoia. Henry Hendrawan, president of Traveloka operations, said the card was one facet of building a fintech business to complement its travel, accommodation and lifestyle services.“In anything we do in financial services, we will always look to go with strong partners,” Hendrawan said in an interview, adding that he expects to unveil more products and partners in the near future. “This is a perfect example.”With a population of more than 620 million and growing middle class, Southeast Asia is expected to see its online travel market almost triple from about $30 billion in 2018 to $78 billion in 2025, according to Google and Temasek Holdings Pte. By 2025, 57% of bookings will be made online, up from 34% in 2015.Traveloka operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. Customers will be able to use its card in Indonesia and around the world for both online and offline transactions via Visa Inc.’s network.To contact the reporter on this story: Yoolim Lee in Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Marriott International's aggressive portfolio growth strategy is fueled by company ambitions to make its Bonvoy loyalty program as complete as it can be. Speaking at the 2019 Skift Global Forum in New York City Thursday, Marriott Chief Financial Officer Leeny Oberg referred to Bonvoy as the perfect antidote to lure customers into existing and pending […]
(Bloomberg) -- Online travel booking site Nustay A/S has filed a complaint to the European Union’s antitrust regulator, claiming Expedia Group Inc. and Booking Holdings Inc. are trying to “kill off” the startup for offering lower prices and punishing hotels that appear on its site.The Danish company said the online travel giants were in breach of competition rules by trying to maintain “artificially high price levels” for hotel rooms -- thereby potentially trying to keep their commissions high -- by preventing Nustay from offering lower prices.Founded in 2014, Nustay advertises rooms booked at a block rate, as well as direct on-demand booking, in a bid to provide customers cheaper offers than often appear on rival sites. The Danish website also charges low commissions, resulting in better prices for customers but the same earnings for hotels, it says.Nustay said Expedia and Booking.com downgraded hotels in their search rankings if a hotel’s prices were lower on a competing website, harming the hotels’ ability to land bookings. Hotels, in turn, are pressuring Nustay to raise prices so they wouldn’t lose more business on Booking and Expedia, it added.The European Commission said it had received Nustay’s complaint and was assessing it. Booking and Expedia didn’t respond to requests for comment.“We really have the possibility to give a better product to the consumers at a lower price, but we are seeing a tremendous effort from Expedia and Booking.com to kill us before we even get a chance to get a foothold, “ Nustay Chief Executive Officer Mathias Lundoe Nielsen said in an interview, adding they decided to file the complaint to try to get fair terms and “show how big of a problem it actually is.”The company said its visibility online increased rapidly last fall when Alphabet Inc.’s Google started including Nustay’s cheaper offers in its hotel search, alongside Booking and Expedia’s offerings.That development also triggered complaints from more than a thousand hotels, who urged Nustay to increase their prices, after being pressured by Expedia and Booking, Lundoe Nielsen said. Some of the hotels complained they were losing so much business from Booking or Expedia, and because Nustay doesn’t represent a large part of its business, they just wanted Nustay to increase the price to appease the online travel giants, he said.In one email exchange between a European hotel and Nustay and seen by Bloomberg, the owner said “we have been contacted by both of our partners Expedia and Booking.com, they both have asked us to contact the ones that are not in line with the prices we communicate.”Another hotel says “I am being penalized by Booking.com and Expedia because you are selling bedrooms at my properties cheaper than they are able to,” according to another email exchange.Expedia also directly urged Nustay to raise their prices in Google search, before it terminated a partnership about three months ago with the company as part of which it sold it some inventory, Lundoe Nielsen said.A Europe-wide antitrust crackdown in recent years saw Booking roll back some clauses obliging hotels to offer their best price to the site. European competition agencies flagged concerns about online bookings in a 2017 report. It said large hotel chains expected the biggest online travel sites to keep on growing, meaning any new rivals to them would face “significant difficulties.”Booking and Expedia have, in turn, urged the EU to probe how Google shows their sites in local and travel search results. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s antitrust chief, has said she’s looking at Google’s local search.Online hotel booking sites are also being reviewed by Japanese authorities In the U.S., Expedia is under investigation in Utah for allegedly conspiring with the biggest U.S. hotel chains to manipulate search advertising on Google.(Updates with European Commission comment in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Aoife White.To contact the reporter on this story: Natalia Drozdiak in Brussels at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Giles Turner at email@example.com;Peter Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
So why would Amazon choose to reenter the travel industry through a seemingly loss-generating proposition, hawking already low-margin airline tickets via a Cleartrip partnership in the domestic Indian market? It sounds crazy, but Skift Research believes that airline tickets are a sensible entry point for a new Amazon foray into travel. Flights is a fairly […]The post Skift Analysis: Amazon's Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus appeared first on Skift.
Expedia and major hotel companies were already facing two federal lawsuits alleging that they conspired to stifle competition. Now they're also being investigated by Utah's attorney general.
Aiming to change that, Google will launch a more unified travel product to integrate flight and hotel search functions, while organizing people’s travel plans and saving research. Alphabet Inc.’s Google also plans to “surface” more travel data on Google Maps, and incorporate hotel and restaurant reservations for customers who are logged on. Google made the announcement Tuesday at a marketing conference in San Francisco.
A group of U.S. state attorneys general are investigating Expedia Group and hotel chains like Hyatt Hotels Corp and Marriott International Inc for alleged violations of antitrust law in online travel booking, according to a court filing. The filing in a state court in Utah relates to a dispute originally filed in Texas in which Travelpass accused the hotel chains last year of agreeing with each other, and with online travel groups like Expedia, to not advertise to consumers who searched for another company's hotel.
The office is investigating whether Expedia conspired with Marriott International Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and other hotel companies to manipulate search advertising on Google, according to papers filed in state court in Utah last week. The allegations were raised in a lawsuit filed in December by TravelPass Group LLC, a Utah-based company that sells hotel room inventory through Google search ads.
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Jul.08 -- Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talks about how Barry Diller helped him move from Expedia to Uber. He appears on "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations." The interview was recorded on June 11 at The Economic Club in Washington.