Articles by Sean O'Neill

Lufthansa Ad Campaign Ridicules Ryanair Over Pilot Fiasco

Lufthansa Ad Campaign Ridicules Ryanair Over Pilot Fiasco

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

In a cheeky ad, Eurowings says passengers should switch to its flights. What goes around comes around: The Irish airline is often the one ridiculing its rivals.

1 day ago

Home Rental Platform Le Collectionist Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Home Rental Platform Le Collectionist Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With this funding, Le Collectionist ramps up its marketing of luxury vacation rentals. But Airbnb and other tech and lodging brands may not let this profitable segment be siphoned off by this and other young startups for long.

1 day ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

2 days ago

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The heaviest rainfall Mumbai has seen since 2005 has disrupted flights and trains for the second time in a month. Travel companies need better tech for coping with ever-increasing weather disruptions.

3 days ago

Expedia-Supported Despegar Prices IPO at $26 Per Share

Expedia-Supported Despegar Prices IPO at $26 Per Share

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia would own 14 percent of online travel agency Despegar post-IPO. But contemplating the odds of an Expedia takeover is a "rompecabeza,” or a head-breaker.

3 days ago

Priceline May Be Spending Less on Trivago and Changing Hotel Metasearch Dynamics

Priceline May Be Spending Less on Trivago and Changing Hotel Metasearch Dynamics

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Booking.com is pulling back from its advertising spend on Expedia-controlled Trivago. But we must await third-quarter financial data and any company pronouncements on the topic to know all of the implications.

3 days ago

Tour Operator Context Nets $5 Million in Funding for Its Task of Scaling

Tour Operator Context Nets $5 Million in Funding for Its Task of Scaling

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Context is a scholarly tour business betting that digital marketing will let it replicate its model profitably worldwide. Other experiential tour businesses will watch with a skeptical (but hopeful) eye.

4 days ago

Wine Tourism Branches Out Beyond Tastings and Picnics

Wine Tourism Branches Out Beyond Tastings and Picnics

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

Like a helluva lot of other travelers, wine tourists want experiences and not just run-of-the vinery tastings. Sculptors, plunge pools, and lounges are just some of the relatively new samplings.

1 week ago

Zimbabwe Hosted Annual Carnival Despite Acute Problems

Zimbabwe Hosted Annual Carnival Despite Acute Problems

Associated Press

Zimbabwe's carnival appears to have been boondoggle as the country faces severe hardships, including drastic job cuts for Air Zimbabwe employees. There isn't much positive going on in Zimbabwe for the moment when it comes to tourism or otherwise.

1 week ago

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This acqui-hire of Tel Aviv chatbot start-up Evature underlines the intense interest travel companies now have in natural-language search by text or voice -- and for the technical talent that can make the magic happen.

1 week ago

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The 23-year-old CEO of loss-generating hotel aggregator Oyo Rooms has a business vision that has attracted total funding of $446 million to date. What could go wrong? Well...

1 week ago

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Given that the honor system hasn't worked, authorities are showing a (welcome) readiness to enforce rules to keep visitors from traumatizing dolphins. Meanwhile, socially conscious travel companies are increasingly limiting human interactions with captive animals.

2 weeks ago