Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is our first travel tech editor, focusing on business-to-business tech (not consumer tech). He was previously editor-in-chief of Tnooz and an expat in London. He now lives in the Philadelphia area. Please stop him before he begins another home improvement project.

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Airlines

Airline Services Leaders Accelya and Mercator Announce Merger

Piece by piece, private equity firm Warburg Pincus is building Mercator into a rival to Sabre and Amadeus -- two travel technology providers that provide overlapping software and operational services to commercial airlines (and that recently went public after restructurings by buyout experts). Expect the Mercator merger with Accelya to spur an acquisition spree.

Airline Services Leaders Accelya and Mercator Announce Merger

Online Travel

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

India's public company stars MakeMyTrip and Yatra get all the attention in travel. But several startups have the execution chops and the support of experts like Sequoia Capital and Amadeus to thrive in providing services to the country's online population, now numbering more than 400 million.

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

Online Travel

Oasis Receives $2.5 Million for Its Hotel-Style Home Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Last year, AccorHotels took a 30 percent equity share in Oasis, a curated marketplace for luxury rental properties, while also investing in similar concepts like OneFineStay and Squarebreak. This week Oasis received $2.5 million from an "undisclosed investor." We wonder who might that be.

Oasis Receives $2.5 Million for Its Hotel-Style Home Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Overtourism

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand has defied predictions of a drop in tourism after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 plunged the nation into a year of mourning and political uncertainty. The country is also becoming a case study of how destinations are getting smarter about solving overtourism, one of the megatrends Skift is tracking in 2017.

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Business Travel

iCars Buys Limos.com in Crowded Corporate Travel Ground Transport Market

The iCars merger with Limos.com could make the combined company a viable competitor against Blacklane and GroundLink, leaders in private car aggregation for corporate travelers. But all the companies need to step up their games.

iCars Buys Limos.com in Crowded Corporate Travel Ground Transport Market

Online Travel

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

Chinese travel startups are innovating, not cloning, these days. For instance, Zanadu is using virtual reality to sell luxury travel in real world shops, Baoku is bringing integrated workflows to corporate travel planners, and Aipinji is applying an Uber-like user interface to an old-school wholesaler model.

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

Rail

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

The full idealism of European integration was perhaps best captured by the ability to ride a train among multiple countries without having to stop for passport checks. A new agreement may be the first step toward a return to the old days of ID queries. It's part of a security crackdown across Europe in the wake of recent terrorism.

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Airlines

American Airlines Expects to Catch Up to Delta With Its Basic Economy Strategy

Airfares in the U.S. are still near historic average lows, and a transatlantic fare war should last for more than a year. But after a delay, American is copying Delta's playbook. It aims to fix its profit margin problem by coaxing business travelers to pay more on routes worldwide by 2018.

American Airlines Expects to Catch Up to Delta With Its Basic Economy Strategy

Business Travel

WorldMate’s Retreat Leaves Itinerary-Organizing Rivals in Dogfight

WorldMate suffered as many smartphones and other services added free travel notifications. But TripCase and TripIt still have fans among many frequent travelers.

WorldMate’s Retreat Leaves Itinerary-Organizing Rivals in Dogfight

Online Travel

TripActions Raises $14 Million to Trim Rogue Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripActions' funding adds buzz to a category of startups aiming to incentivize travelers to book travel more cheaply, while Bluesmart's fresh funding validates the electronic luggage category.

TripActions Raises $14 Million to Trim Rogue Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week