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Home-rental company Airbnb has “acqui-hired” the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. Companies like Uber and Airbnb are built on their ability to manage supply and demand, which could be aided by a powerful, open ledger system like blockchain.
Expedia has a two-fold approach for each and every market. Firstly, building own brands organically and secondly, partnering with strong local brands. Currently,the company is looking at optimizing marketing mix, looking at new payment options other than Alipay and also sharpening hotel content via contracting as well as tie-ups with local OTAs.