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All Quotes by author - Gillian Tans
" A long time ago, we had to build interfaces to connect with other companies, and I thought that was a great idea. The company had to pay a lot of money to build it and basically launched it, but our whole operating system almost broke. So, we couldn't continue it. In the end, I had to go on the train to Paris to explain that I had spent millions. "
" An American customer can book in English all over the world, but also, somebody from Japan or China can book in their own language everywhere. We translate all of our content into these languages, and that's quite unique. We service our direct customers - the innkeepers - as well in their own language. "
" And as a woman, you need to take risks. Don't stay too long in your own swim lane. "
" As a company powered by technology and digital innovation, Booking.com believes strongly in ensuring equal access and opportunity for all within the technology sector. "
" As a company, we believe in free and open borders. We feel this best facilitates the exchange of cultural values and ideas. "
" As CEOs or board members, women are still underrepresented, and that gap is actually growing. "
" Booking.com has been very good at performance marketing. That's how we grew our business. "
" Booking.com is one of the biggest translation companies in the world. "
" Booking.com started with just a website, but we've always thought of our company as being more than just a website. "
" Booking travel is not like shopping or groceries or booking a restaurant. It's much less frequent, so understanding what works just takes a lot more time. "
" Both business and leisure travellers are enjoying unprecedented levels of choice. "
" China's domestic travel is increasing, and that's why we are building our teams here in China. "
" Education is crucial in determining which profession women will choose, so it's important to spark interest in technologies at an early age. "
" Employing women is good for business. "
" Eventually, people should just say 'give me the best hotel in a certain date in a certain location.' "
" Eventually, we want to be able to say, whether in your own neighborhood or a city across the globe, our technology will be needed to break through barriers - whether it's money, time, languages, or simply choice. "
" Every customer is different, and the travel experience is completely fluid, but the end goal is to find the best solutions. "
" For me, it's about taking things that do not take a lot of space. Don't take a lot of shoes. I tend to pack a lot of dresses, for instance, because they take up less space. "
" Friction still exists in travel, and we are on a quest to go even further to make the entire experience - from planning to staying and beyond - even easier with technology. "
" From our earliest days, Booking.com has been deploying technology to help strip the friction out of travel. "
" From the early days, Booking.com has been disruptive. Our aim is to create the best product for our customers, and we do that through constant innovation and testing. "
" I am a woman, and I am proud to say that I work in technology. But I also recognise that the combination of those two facts puts me in the minority. "
" I don't think there's ever a wrong answer as long as people are willing to learn, share. You're never done learning. "
" If firms were made to hire according to quotas, it might optimize the percentage of women in the industry, but that doesn't necessarily translate into more quality products for the customer. "
" I found the Internet really fascinating. "
" If you look around Booking.com, it's a very gender-balanced company. "
" If you're afraid of failure or getting it wrong, you'll never truly innovate or disrupt the market. "
" If you run a global business, it's so important that you understand what happens in each place, and you can't do that remotely. I don't want to go anywhere and leave and not have seen the people who work for us. That doesn't feel good. "
" I'm a master at getting as much in a day as possible. "
" India has a sizeable chunk of the Asian travel market - both inbound and outbound travel. "
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