Articles by Sean O'Neill

Travel Megatrends 2018: Mergers and Acquisitions Focus on Strategic Innovation

Travel Megatrends 2018: Mergers and Acquisitions Focus on Strategic Innovation

Sean O'Neill , Skift

The smartest travel companies are beginning to buy startups that may not be central to their main businesses or help them consolidate market share, but could boost the innovation metabolism of their motherships.

13 hours ago

Travel Search Engine Wego Labored in Asia but Found Its Footing in the Gulf States

Travel Search Engine Wego Labored in Asia but Found Its Footing in the Gulf States

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Wego got its start in 2005. But it only found a path to scaling up recently when it shifted its focus from Asia to the Gulf States.

14 hours ago

Ryanair Reaches Labor Deals With British Pilots

Ryanair Reaches Labor Deals With British Pilots

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Big news, but don't be fooled. Ryanair's long-running labor disputes aren't over. The Irish carrier is still negotiating with pilots in Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Germany, which have all threatened strikes.

17 hours ago

Uber Caps the Hours Its British Drivers Can Work in a Bid for Safety

Uber Caps the Hours Its British Drivers Can Work in a Bid for Safety

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Unlike Lyft, Uber has no blanket policy designed to keep exhausted workers off the road worldwide. Why not?

1 day ago

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

In 2017 Japan saw double-digit growth in tourist arrivals from the previous year. So savvy travelers may look to avoid some of the crowds by seeking out these four towns that are appealing alternatives to better-known cities.

1 day ago

Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million

Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Africa’s second-biggest oil producer has suffered since 2014 due to the freefall in global oil prices. That's left it short of hard currency needed to pay foreign debt. Why hasn't the International Monetary Fund intervened?

3 days ago

Trump Hotels Is Losing Premium Customers

Trump Hotels Is Losing Premium Customers

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg

Trump Hotels saw its room rates plunge in the past year. Expect hotel owners in New York and Toronto to rebrand in an effort to win back the set of foreign visitors who seem put off by the brand reference to President Trump.

3 days ago

Washington, D.C. Subway Failures Hobble Tourism

Washington, D.C. Subway Failures Hobble Tourism

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press

The Washington, D.C. Metro, the U.S.’ second-busiest mass transit system, was the nation's best-run subway a mere 15 years ago. Its fall from grace hurts tourism because the city groans under the burden of car and bus traffic.

4 days ago

Points International Claims 2017 Growth for Its Loyalty Tech Platform

Points International Claims 2017 Growth for Its Loyalty Tech Platform

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Points, a reseller of airline miles and hotel points, has begun to sign up travel companies to its newer ways of squeezing money out of their programs. But it's still too early to tell for sure how successful these efforts will be.

5 days ago

TripAdvisor Is Fighting to Keep Its Lead in Attractions: The Inside Story

TripAdvisor Is Fighting to Keep Its Lead in Attractions: The Inside Story

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The attractions booking sector is TripAdvisor's to lose, especially given its recent success. But unless it pushes faster on mobile innovation, rivals like GetYourGuide and Klook might overtake the company.

1 week ago

Prague Stops Its Famed Astronomical Clock for Repairs

Prague Stops Its Famed Astronomical Clock for Repairs

Associated Press

Workers have stopped the famous medieval astronomical clock in the capital of the Czech Republic. Parts will be taken off-site for months. This first full restoration in half-a-century sounds like a good thing.

1 week ago

Delta Apologizes to China for Taiwan Blunder

Delta Apologizes to China for Taiwan Blunder

Bloomberg

Expect other foreign travel business operators to check their websites and mobile apps to ensure that they comply with the Chinese view that Taiwan and Tibet are not independent countries.

1 week ago