Booking adds APAC to global meta line-up with HotelsCombined deal

Booking Holdings is buying hotel metasearch site, HotelsCombined, for an undisclosed sum.

HotelsCombined was formed in 2005 and has built up a strong presence in APAC from its headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, talked about the deal in terms of its worldwide metasearch strategy.

The strategy is built around Kayak. HotelsCombined will report in to Kayak, whose CEO Steve Hafner admitted he has been a long-time admirer of HotelsCombined and its ability to execute.

The deal has been given the all-clear by HotelsCombined’s board and stockholders, with completion expected by the end of the year.

Booking’s primary metasearch brands now cover North America (Kayak), Europe (Momondo and Cheapflights) and now APAC (HotelsCombined).

Related reading:

[Booking Holdings] buys Momondo for $550 million (Feb 2017)

[Booking Holdings] buys Kayak for $1.8 billion (Nov 2012)

 

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Martin Cowen

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Martin Cowen is contributing editor for tnooz and is based in the UK. Besides reporting and editing, he also oversees our sponsored content initiative and works directly with clients to produce articles and reports. For the past several years he has worked as a freelance writer, specialising in B2B distribution and technology. Before freelancing, from 2000-2008, he was launch editor for e-tid.com, the first online-only B2B daily news service for the UK travel sector.

 

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