Travel giant Booking.com to close Seattle-area office and slash 235 jobs

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Online travel website Booking.com is closing its Bellevue, Wash., office. A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification from the Washington Employment Security Department filed Thursday said that the layoffs will begin Sept. 12, with 235 workers let go.

We’ve reached out to Booking.com for more details and will update this story when we hear back.

Booking.com is owned by Booking Holdings, previously known as The Priceline Group. The company said last month that it will lay off up to 25% of its workforce due to impact on travel caused by the pandemic. It reported a 91% decrease in gross travel bookings for the most recent quarter.

Booking Holdings also owns Kayak, Priceline, and OpenTable, among other sites. The company employs more than 17,000 people total.

Booking.com is one of more than 130 companies with engineering outposts in the Seattle region.

In 2014, Priceline acquired Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq.

Seattle-based travel giant Expedia Group is also suffering financially due to the pandemic. It saw revenue sink 82% year-over-year to $566 million in the second quarter. Expedia laid off 3,000 people in February.

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