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5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

3 weeks ago

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Associated Press

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.

4 weeks ago

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

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

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Hundreds of millions of people in motion during a holiday period should mean big bucks for the travel industry. But in China, technology and tradition are holding it back.

4 weeks ago

Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

Raini Hamdi, Skift

With little budget and even less originality in marketing, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations may be better off focusing on facilitating tourism growth through infrastructure and other improvements, which it is adept at, than launching another Visit ASEAN Year.

4 weeks ago

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

1 month ago

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

Linda Lombardi, Associated Press

Answers for all those questions you might have if you're a first-time traveler to Japan but might be too afraid to ask about.

1 month ago

Travel Ramps Up for Chinese New Year — Digital Marketing News This Week

Travel Ramps Up for Chinese New Year — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Chinese New Year is big business for the travel industry. The country's travelers are expected to take more than three billion trips during this year's festivities.

1 month ago

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Business travel spending has increased tremendously in India and Brazil since 2000 — but most of that money is spent domestically. As those and other markets continue to change — and global politics shift — will the future bring more or fewer international business trips?

1 month ago

China’s Citizens Are Celebrating Lunar New Year By Traveling Abroad

China’s Citizens Are Celebrating Lunar New Year By Traveling Abroad

Dong Lyu and Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

As Chinese New Year travel continues to grow, are destinations all over the world doing enough to capture a slice of that market? Some like Japan, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates appear to be going out of their way to welcome visitors, but there may be opportunities for others.

1 month ago

China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

Brenda Goh and Muyu Xu, Reuters

Travel is always a political act. It's just that sometimes it's much more apparent than others.

1 month ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

1 month ago

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

Sierra Tishgart, Bloomberg

Travelers used to have to leave bustling Tokyo for the countryside to sample a traditional Japanese inn, or onsen ryokan. But in 2016 the Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel opened, bringing serene lodging to the city's center — topped off with a dollop of luxury.

1 month ago