Jeffery Boyd, the former longtime Priceline CEO who will oversee the company while it seeks a successor to Darren Huston, told analysts on last week’s first-quarter earnings call that the company will continue to try to broaden its base of 422,000 “instantly bookable” vacation-rental properties as a complement to its core hotel-booking services. Boyd’s reasons for focusing on the vacation-rental business appear to be twofold: to continue to mirror Expedia Inc.’s move into the alternative accommodations space and to hedge its bets against what could be lackluster room-booking results, at least in the second quarter. Late last month, Expedia Inc., which acquired the vacation-rental service HomeAway for $3.9 billion last year, reported a $121.9 million loss, compared with net income of $44.1 million a year earlier. Still, it beat analysts’ net income and revenue forecasts and said the integration of HomeAway and the recently acquired Orbitz Worldwide was going better than expected. Get the full story at Travel Weekly