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Breaking news and insights about online travel booking, online travel agencies, travel startups, venture capital investments, and more essential news about digital travel.

Loge Raises $15 Million for Camp-Themed Hospitality: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Loge Raises $15 Million for Camp-Themed Hospitality: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors have recently bet on a few long-term trends: outdoor recreation, smoother business travel, better digital identity management by the travel sector, and next-gen tour operators.

1 day ago

Google Adds Trip-Planning Features for Pandemic-Weary Travelers

Google Adds Trip-Planning Features for Pandemic-Weary Travelers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A consumer habit of turning to Google first to look up pandemic-related travel restrictions may help establish Google in their minds as the brand to turn to first when planning a trip in normal times. Or at least that's Google's hope.

2 days ago

What Trump’s WeChat Ban May Mean for the Travel Sector

What Trump’s WeChat Ban May Mean for the Travel Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Trump's ban on the Chinese superapp WeChat may turn out to be a mere annoyance for many Chinese travelers. But it could cause real harm to some U.S. travel organizations.

2 days ago

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Executive Q&A: How Contactless Technology Can Help Airlines Become More Covid-19 Compliant

Executive Q&A: How Contactless Technology Can Help Airlines Become More Covid-19 Compliant

Travelliance + Skift

Border closures, flight cancellations, and a host of Covid-19-related restrictions have made consumers less confident about flying. New technologies such as contactless hotel and meal vouchers can help airlines manage flight disruptions more efficiently, thereby easing traveler distress, strengthening brand loyalty, and helping the industry rebound.

3 days ago

OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's really tough to judge a brand's performance in the midst of a pandemic, but OpenTable clearly deserved more focus given the fact that travel and dining are completely different businesses. Once again, travel and dining aren't always natural playmates.

3 days ago

Gogo in Talks to Sell Its In-Flight Wi-Fi Business

Gogo in Talks to Sell Its In-Flight Wi-Fi Business

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Let's hope the deal talks will go faster than Wi-Fi aboard a plane.

5 days ago

How an Israeli Startup Wants to Help Hotels Up Their Online Booking Game During Crisis

How an Israeli Startup Wants to Help Hotels Up Their Online Booking Game During Crisis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Splitty's acquisition of Cancelon's assets is notable because it highlights a seemingly clever way to advertise on travel price-comparison sites. Think of it as "metasearch arbitrage."

5 days ago

U.S.-China Tensions Could Roil Internet Usage Rules, Hurting Online Travel: Booking CEO

U.S.-China Tensions Could Roil Internet Usage Rules, Hurting Online Travel: Booking CEO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

All of the world's consumers and businesses will suffer if governments turn the internet into a "splinternet." Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is one of rare U.S. public figures to say this out loud.

1 week ago

Sabre Preps for a World Where Global Corporate Travel Lags a Broader Rebound

Sabre Preps for a World Where Global Corporate Travel Lags a Broader Rebound

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A crisis makes reputations. Sabre's top bosses have seen the pandemic render useless their old playbook for handling a collapse in demand. They have to get creative.

1 week ago

Tripadvisor Sees a Traffic Rebound But Revenue Still Lagging

Tripadvisor Sees a Traffic Rebound But Revenue Still Lagging

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tripadvisor has no easy path to better growth rates and profit. But in good news, consumers are returning to its brands to plan trips, and revenue will likely follow over time.

1 week ago

Airside Raises Millions From Bain Capital for Digital Identity Tools: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Airside Raises Millions From Bain Capital for Digital Identity Tools: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, startups relevant to the travel sector announced more than $24 million in funding. Their very startup-y sounding names are Airside, Breezeway, and Delightree.

1 week ago

Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A hotel price war hasn't materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a source of demand for hotels and managers of alternative accommodations.

1 week ago