Online Travel Agents: Winners in a hyper-dynamic marketplace

By Douglas Quinby , Vice President of Research at Phocuswright, Inc., Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations at Phocuswright, Alice Jong, Research Analyst at Phocuswright, Inc. | 22 Feb 17

Few would deny that OTAs have become a force to be reckoned with within the travel distribution landscape. From humble beginnings, two companies, The Priceline Group and Expedia Inc., have grown to become the acknowledged global giants of the travel distribution space through a combination of organic growth and a series of mergers and strategically timed acquisitions. However, as Alice Jong, Douglas Quinby and Lorraine Sileo of PhocusWright explain, in such a highly dynamic and vibrant environment, even their dominant role is being gradually challenged by a series of new players arising in the East as well as by rapidly shifting business models.

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About Phocuswright, Inc.

Phocuswright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, Phocuswright fosters smart strategic planning, tactical decision-making and organizational effectiveness. Phocuswright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. Our marketplace intelligence is the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis and consumer travel planning behavior. Every day around the world, senior executives, marketers, strategists and research professionals from all segments of the industry value chain use Phocuswright research for competitive advantage. To complement its primary research in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, Phocuswright produces several high-profile conferences in the United States and Europe, and partners with conferences in China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Industry leaders and company analysts bring this intelligence to life by debating issues, sharing ideas and defining the ever-evolving reality of travel commerce.
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