This week in digital news, we learned that online travel bosses are earning more than many of their counterparts in other industries, maybe in some tiny part because the folks in zip codes 94043 and 60602 are booking so much travel online.
Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
For all of our weekend roundups, go here.
>>TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer is ordinarily far from being the most-compensated CEO in online travel. This year represented an unusual payout for him. But Skift’s annual survey reveals that most online travel CEOs are often more handsomely compensated than what the top bosses in other industries receive, on average: The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018
>>Don’t be jealous of the residents of these U.S. zip codes who book the most hotels and flights. Travel is the rare thing you buy that makes you richer no matter where you’re from: These 10 U.S. Zip Codes Buy the Most Travel Online
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>>You probably can’t blame airlines for delivering a poor in-flight Wi-Fi experience. As United’s chief digital officer Linda Jojo says, it’s likely impossible for any provider to give passengers a consistent ground-like experience. People forget sometimes they’re traveling more than 500 miles at hour, at more than 30,000 feet: Skift Tech Forum Preview: United’s Chief Digital Exec on Fixing In-Flight Wi-Fi
>>The decision by MakeMyTrip, India’s largest online travel agency, to start selling Oyo budget lodging is significant. The move recognizes that the heavily funded Oyo is no longer a rival marketplace and is instead primarily a supplier. Asset-light hotel chains need to wake up to Oyo’s rise: Why India’s MakeMyTrip Made Peace With Rapidly Growing Oyo
>>Robotic luggage that follows you like a golden retriever. An app for ordering beautiful people to attend your event. A tool for making corporate travel as pleasant as leisure travel. These are the fantastical ideas that got funded this week: ForwardX Raises $10 Million for Self-Pushing Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week
>>Sabre has slimmed down over the last year and is investing in its airline and hospitality technology products. Find out more from CEO Sean Menke at Skift Tech Forum on June 12 in Santa Clara, California: Skift Tech Forum Preview: Sabre’s CEO on Going Technology-First
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Photo Credit: A TripAdvisor ad campaign. Stephen Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor, was the most-compensated executive in online travel last year. TripAdvisor
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