Once again in the fourth quarter of 2020, Vrbo was a relative bright spot in Expedia Group’s financial report, with most of the vacation rental site’s bookings coming direct through Vrbo.com.

That’s part of the reason Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern says the company has removed Vrbo from Google’s vacation rental metasearch product.

We are very sharp-minded about [performance marketing] in the sense that we are happy to invest in anything that drives … good revenue and good profit, and we are not keen to continue on a path of just continuing where investment was not productive,” Kern says in a call with analysts to discuss the company’s 2020 full year and fourth quarter financial results.

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