Skift Take

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

Washington State-based Expedia Inc. acquired Texas-headquartered HomeAway in 2015, but what difference has that made to the global vacation-rental site’s operations in far-flung locales such as Singapore, where its Asia operations are centralized?

With the launch last month of Skift’s Gateway series, featuring stories from our correspondents embedded in various hubs around the world, developments at HomeAway Asia need no longer seem so distant. Our correspondent Raini Hamdi in Singapore interviewed Prashant “PK” Kirtane, who is leading HomeAway’s expansion in Asia, and found out a lot about how Expedia and HomeAway are revamping operations there, for example.

Whether it was a story from Beijing on how President Trump’s tough-talk about China won’t likely deter visits, an article from Cape Town on how low-cost carriers are targeting people in Africa who have never flown, or a post from Caracas on how travel agencies in Venezuela are using creative tactics to cope with the financial crisis, we analyzed the situation from the ground up in the relevant geography and brought you the views of local people at the heart of these stories.

We are expanding the Skift Gateway series to new cities and will bring you lots more on a regular basis. Here are the first 10 stories in the Gateway series that we published over the last four weeks.

You can read all the stories here.

From Singapore

How Expedia is Transforming HomeAway Asia and the Sector 

Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

Asia Tours Startup Triip Adds Accommodations to Cope With Last-Minute Bookings 

From Beijing

Bombastic Rhetoric Won’t Crimp Travel Between China and the U.S. 

Hotels in China Don’t Benefit From the World’s Largest Travel Event

Chinese Travelers Prioritize Food More Than Shopping When Choosing Destinations


Low-Cost Carriers in Africa Turning Non-Flyers Into Passengers

African Aviation Has Many Complications Including a Lack of Demand

From Caracas

Venezuelan Travel Agencies Get Creative in Reinventing Themselves After a Very Tough Year 

Venezuela Hotels Try Promotions and Other Strategies to Cope With Financial Crisis


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