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Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Pickyourtrail has received funding to expand its online services for booking international vacations; its operation is strikingly sophisticated for a small startup. Plus, investors also recently announced bets on smart hotels, urban lounges, and storage places for luggage.

2 hours ago

Travel Marketers to Favor Facebook and Instagram in 2019

Travel Marketers to Favor Facebook and Instagram in 2019

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's well-known that Facebook and its sister brand Instagram have become hugely appealing destinations for marketers to spend money. But a global survey by travel tech firm Sojern suggests that a lot of trial-and-error is still going on as marketers attempt to master new tools.

18 hours ago

Smithsonian Explores History of Black Leisure Travel With New Documentary

Smithsonian Explores History of Black Leisure Travel With New Documentary

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The Green Book helped black Americans move about safely during segregation, but it also sparked the growth of black leisure travel and fueled entrepreneurship in the community for years to come.

1 day ago

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New Research Study: How Travel Brands Can Improve Customer Loyalty and Manage Fickle Behavior

New Research Study: How Travel Brands Can Improve Customer Loyalty and Manage Fickle Behavior

Adara + Skift

Improving customer loyalty in today’s hypercompetitive industry landscape requires travel brands to go beyond customer profiles. They must focus on patterns in behavioral data and provide true one-to-one personalization.

2 days ago

Lonely Planet Buys Destination Content Company ArrivalGuides

Lonely Planet Buys Destination Content Company ArrivalGuides

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Looks like Lonely Planet's new CEO is serious about getting deeper into certain sectors, even if they're not that forward looking.

3 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Consolidation Creates Travel Brand Bullies

Travel Megatrends 2019: Consolidation Creates Travel Brand Bullies

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

In a rush to scale, consolidated travel companies find themselves with outsized market share that often leads to muscling consumers to their advantage. With no good alternatives, how will travelers react to the pressure?

3 days ago

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

The app sounds like a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether all of the incumbent transit systems, with their vested interests, will hop along for the ride.

4 days ago

TripAdvisor Emphasizes Experience Booking and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

TripAdvisor Emphasizes Experience Booking and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor moves away from the crowded hotel booking scene, USA Today Travel suffered when it moved online, and travel advisors realize boomers may be the most lucrative customers.

6 days ago

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A bigger chunk of online travel bookings will be made through mobile in Southeast Asia and players need to improve the user experience fast. Learn from Expedia, which has been anointed the guru of mobile in the region by a Google/Accenture study.

7 days ago

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia is an opportunistic company, and mergers and acquisitions are part of its DNA. The company has been quiet on this front for the past three years. It is sort of due to make another big splash.

1 week ago

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison.

1 week ago

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A new name shows that GoEuro has ambitions outside of Europe. Can it deliver on this promise?

1 week ago