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The following is the [Travel News]: Trivago reports a net loss of €6.7 million, Booking becomes primary advertiser from [Trivago] recommended by TheTourAttraction.com:
Trivago reported a total revenue of € 38.2 million, a 73% decrease compared to the prior-year period.
Trivago reported a net loss of €6.7 million for the quarter.
Total revenue decreased by 101.6 million, or by 73%, during the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. In the first quarter of 2021 Referral Revenue decreased to 18.3 million, 9.5 million and 8.3 million or by 66%, 83% and 67% in Americas, Developed Europe and RoW, respectively, compared to the same period in 2020. In all three segments, Referral Revenue was negatively impacted by significant declines in Qualified Referrals and Revenue Per Qualified Referral (RPQR). Other revenue decreased by 1.0 million, or 32%, during the first quarter of 2021, mainly due to a decrease in subscription revenue.
In the first quarter of 2021, total Qualified Referrals decreased by 55% as Qualified Referrals decreased by 48%, 69% and 47% in Americas, Developed Europe and RoW, respectively, compared to the same period in 2020.
In the first quarter of 2021, consolidated RPQR decreased by 42% as RPQR decreased by 36%, 47% and 36% in Americas, Developed Europe and RoW, respectively, compared to the same period in 2020.
We generate the large majority of our Referral Revenue from online travel agencies, or OTAs. For brands affiliated with Expedia Group, including Brand Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, Wotif, Vrbo and ebookers, the share of our Referral Revenue was 21% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 33% in the same period in 2020. For brands affiliated with Booking Holdings, including Booking.com, Agoda, priceline.com and Kayak, the share of our Referral Revenue was 56% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 39% in the same period in 2020.
Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS)
In the first quarter of 2021, consolidated ROAS was 194.0%, compared to 133.3% in the same period in 2020. In Americas, Developed Europe and RoW, ROAS increased to 183.1%, 194.8% and 222.0%, respectively. The increases were mainly driven by significant reductions in brand marketing activities and higher ROAS targets we set in our performance marketing channels in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, in the first quarter of 2021, Advertising Spend decreased by 33.9 million, 31.3 million and 18.7 million in Americas, Developed Europe and RoW, respectively. This reduction also more than offset the decline in Qualified Referrals and RPQR.
In the first quarter of 2021, travel to and within many countries, particularly in Europe, was heavily restricted, and as a result, our business and financial performance continued to be significantly adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with our total revenue having declined by 73% during the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Although the overall business environment remains challenging, we observed a positive trend in volumes throughout the quarter. Referral Revenue increased by more than 60% in March 2021 compared to February 2021. We have begun to see significant recovery in volumes in certain geographic markets, such as Israel and the United States, where the most progress has been made with respect to COVID-19 vaccination programs. In the United States, Qualified Referrals improved from approximately 30% of same month 2019 levels in January 2021 to approximately 70% in April 2021. In Israel, which has the highest rate of cumulative first dose vaccines administered of any country globally to date, Qualified Referrals increased in April 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. In addition, we have seen a significant improvement in the bidding dynamics in our auction in recent weeks in markets where travel demand has increased. In our segment Americas, Revenue per Qualified Referral (RPQR) increased from less than 50% of same month 2019 levels in January 2021 to more than 80% in April 2021. We expect travel demand to gradually begin to recover across our Developed Europe segment during the second and third quarter of 2021 when most European countries are expected to make significant progress rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine.