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Booking (BKNG)

Participants
Glenn Fogel Chief Executive Officer
David Goulden Chief Financial Officer
Justin Post Bank of America
Kevin Kopelman Cowen and Company
Deepak Mathivanan Wolfe Research
Mark Mahaney Evercore ISI
Eric Sheridan Goldman Sachs
Stephen Ju Credit Suisse
Doug Anmuth JPMorgan
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Operator

Good day, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Booking Holdings Third Quarter 2021 Conference Call. Booking Holdings would like to remind everyone that this call may contain forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guaranteed of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed, implied, or forecasted in any such forward-looking statements. or fact, similar forward-looking are goals other reflecting statements. future historical than intended of expectations, expressions and something Expressions to identify

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

Yeah, Glenn. I'm in back calling

Sorry, have you just finished?

Glenn Fogel

finished. Yes. just I

David Goulden

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Operator

Thank open sir. the Please you, Q&A while [Operator Reminder to audio we Instructions] attendees line. stand-by our can

the from Justin The is Post America. line of of the of question Bank first

Your line is now open.

Justin Post

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Glenn Fogel

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who more now, ways getting need the that's coming are The with get healthier everyone hopefully against to a to being combat and out talked the it. still what great. some talked us, But out getting Yes, can great. some that more up international, coming this international long new things. We we with end virus been vaccines But we've are please help in I has really, that numbers it, seeing generally has vaccine, distributed caught quicker, hard this fact can and for better all albeit vaccine. great. that done we seeing well we're business are love a a Companies around, For being that are Asia, pharmaceutical get The about, Asia, our hit, pills broadly have and that few that's who vaccinated fact about with up things. haul go good in people that problem. is fact The people terrible times. is

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David Goulden

Yeah.

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we accommodations to gain -- are through -- opportunities and believe us share for that do there we're beyond. the will there in recovery -- this So,

in factor an how be mix think in long-term additional So margin that the accommodations. we business would and the about

Justin Post

Thank Great. you.

Operator

and Kopelman of Kevin Cowen from is question next Company. Your

open. Your line is now

Kevin Kopelman

dig Great. little Thanks bit. into a so ad much. Hoping to trends spend

the quarters? much is XXXX you environment? spend getting promotion done an to And us So, that compared the of brand the And ad Booking update going as of kind up promotion picks little. merchandising over versus that changed performance -- Thanks. merchandising How is a as demand on tests of lastly, up in more aggressive meaningfully. of past then overall and more you've a distribution and couple some give can competitive

Glenn Fogel

about why first take bit and I David, question? will some think aired a I brand about talk X, merchandising. some competitiveness, don't the And of the the you

David Goulden

Exactly. Thank you.

do that. us Let

rise expected much So, that's our versus out And on the actually, some see expected expect we we better where Kevin, in mix in gross marketing if we in remember the we rise that slightly less in expected -- was them in bookings you came said that of and we to. last reduction why QX XXXX QX. call, our Actually, very those between to direct our QX. we actually compression and difference a than

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Glenn Fogel

Yeah.

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really Just to making to value with of our that just provide right sure customers. working able own but the offer and the we're the important helping our time right right is compete pocket, with great them. and what's out And consumer, partners, not to doing our coming up

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Kevin Kopelman

Thanks Really Glenn. Thanks David. helpful.

Operator

from from is next Your Wolfe Research. Deepak question Mathivanan

Your is now line open.

Deepak Mathivanan

Thanks for for the Thanks. Deepak. Zack This questions. taking on is

a been of travel your about you're pent-up demand. last far demand. few quarters. to on leg on general whether run But business so the how Obviously, First over and nice pent-up tailwind another there's thinking demand just for curious it's level the

are noted, and across restrictions still Asia as depressed, easing. you is border

how we guys when about further we you are the And trends, as a into longer-term versus then out? So, the pent-up call into look shorter thinking or urban dig terms there demand? could second, you of is any level current reversal [Indiscernible] little suburban in of versus Thanks. next year,

Glenn Fogel

part understood first of sure just so Zach, to your make I your question.

about that future, coming going demand bit to correct? the You're we're the get do have I that's how just in asking a little

Deepak Mathivanan

Just whether understanding of we restrictions, side as like guys’ kind -- travel guess next on that there's the move especially year -- demand level cross-border into expecting given of pent-up I current you still the

Glenn Fogel

Right.

Deepak Mathivanan

just You --

Glenn Fogel

Okay.

Deepak Mathivanan

depressed. Remain

Glenn Fogel

Yeah.

Deepak Mathivanan

see year, we So, look as next should we into another --

Glenn Fogel

Right.

Deepak Mathivanan

books. of Kind

Glenn Fogel

it. got I

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

across Yeah, we that geographies recovery Zach the (ph.). talked QX saw strong about.

properties the as you more summer becoming well bias very outdoor-oriented beach-oriented still there's city, the activity, Hemisphere. this night the well, that do we book recovery did in to But a towards leisure think and room anecdotally, all cities in months see say I'd hotel Northern we increasingly a particularly hard. if So, into want I in -- know a some it's

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Deepak Mathivanan

you. Thank Great.

Operator

right. All

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Mark Mahaney

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Mark Mahaney

you, you, Thank Thank Glenn. David.

Operator

Sheridan have Goldman from Eric Sachs. Next, we

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Eric Sheridan

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Eric Sheridan

so much color. the Thanks for

Operator

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Stephen Ju

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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much ROI as as all changing So mix. rapidly, so is that growing

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Stephen Ju

you. Thank

Operator

Next, we JPMorgan. Anmuth, have Doug of the

is line open. Your now

Doug Anmuth

area the just what normal seasonality? to questions. of social of opposed if dollars you gives secondly, the David, about you adding just and I taking just and the dynamics you've but XQ point still through sequential different different, so particularly And just tried there before, again, wanted Thanks. to dollars the working if small, now? there? advertising revenue what's and some if the curious kind something are for could confidence just those to ask as an then It's real Thanks there's walk that's curious that potentially

Glenn Fogel

Hi, Doug. Yes.

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David Goulden

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Doug Anmuth

helpful. Very there. clarity for the Thanks Got it.

Operator

that - Glenn will the A to remarks. And for closing turn session. back Fogel now concludes call Q&A I the

Glenn Fogel

you. Thank

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Operator

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