As Skyscanner’s CEO, Gareth Williams introduces the team of five Spaniards from newly acquired hotel comparison website, Fogg, it occurs to me that he is by far the most tanned of the group.
Fresh from a surfing holiday in Portugal, our CEO is at least three shades darker than any of our new Spanish colleagues. (Incidentally, this is not the first time our CEO’s tan has been noted). Fogg’s hotel search will be integrated into the Skyscanner site by early 2014 and the service will be expanded to power Skyscanner’s markets around the globe in 30 languages, and will see a further increase in hotel coverage.
The acquisition of Fogg also means that Skyscanner has a new office to add to its list of international bases. Barcelona is number six, following Edinburgh, Glasgow, Singapore, Beijing and Miami. No doubt there will be many staff willing to make the arduous journey to Spain to share their skills with our Barcelonan brothers.
Gareth Williams commented:
“Our users are going to love hotel search as a result of this acquisition. We built the best flight search product anywhere in the world. We then expanded that offering into car rental. And today we’ve taken a big step towards completing the picture in the space of hotel search.
“The Fogg team share Skyscanner’s passion for simple, natural and flexible travel solutions, bringing inspiration back into the travel experience. It makes them the perfect fit for us. Skyscanner is opening a new office in Barcelona where Fogg’s full time staff will be based. We’ll build it out from there.”
Carlos González, Chief Executive Officer of Fogg commented:
“This is an exciting time for our small team. After four years of building the fastest, most human hotel search engine, we’re finally able to accelerate our ambitions by joining the world’s fastest growing international travel search company.”