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Avis’ Digital Partnership Strategy and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Avis’ Digital Partnership Strategy and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

This week in digital news, we looked at how Avis is stretching beyond the traditional rental car business to offer new digital services, while TripAdvisor began mulling a loyalty strategy to take on giant Google. And we also looked at Eventbrite's struggles as a public company and what that means for the event tech sector.

15 hours ago

Chinese Millennials Turn to Weibo for Trip Planning

Chinese Millennials Turn to Weibo for Trip Planning

Andrew Collins, Jing Travel

WeChat may have eclipsed Chinese social media platform Weibo in recent past, but it can still serve as a key marketing tool for travel brands and destinations that want to attract coveted Chinese outbound tourists.

2 days ago

AirPortr Raises $8.6 Million for Luggage Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

AirPortr Raises $8.6 Million for Luggage Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors have bet on some innovative business models. AirPortr has hand-delivered about 100,000 bags from homes to airports, lifting a worry off the hands of Londoners as they pass through airport security. PaulCamper is an Airbnb for RVs. Meanwhile, SleepBox converts spare hotel rooms into video game halls and other social zones for college students.

3 days ago

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Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

Salesforce + Skift

Higher customer service expectations in the airline industry mandates a new approach to using innovative technology. This means not only deploying solutions to improve direct-to-customer experiences but also empowering employees to provide exceptional service at every touchpoint.

6 days ago

Why Skyscanner Is Closing Its Stand-Alone Local Recommendations App

Why Skyscanner Is Closing Its Stand-Alone Local Recommendations App

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's no surprise to see Skyscanner absorb the last bits of the user-generated reviews brand formerly known as Gogobot. But the price-comparison search company's bet on soliciting reviews from its own customers remains intriguing. The move highlights its ambition to become a superapp for travel.

6 days ago

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

This week in digital news, Red Roof launched a new best-rate guarantee program that provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third-party site, and we look at what's behind all of Shiji's hotel tech acquisitions.

1 week ago

Alipay Expands to Cater to Chinese Tourists in Europe

Alipay Expands to Cater to Chinese Tourists in Europe

Iain Shaw, Jing Travel

Travel brands and destinations take note: Offering digital mobile payment methods is an effective way to appeal to Chinese outbound travelers, who are adopting apps like Alipay and WePay in ever growing numbers.

1 week ago

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

John Lauerman and Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

A drop in the value of the British pound relative to the euro and the dollar is pressuring On the Beach. Smaller players like this UK-based packaged-vacation seller can't afford the currency hedges and other benefits of scale that larger players can. More industry consolidation is likely as a result.

1 week ago

Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $40 million in funding. Notably two of the companies, travel medical insurance seller SafetyWing and upselling tech firm HotelFlex, are graduates of the famed Y Combinator startup accelerator.

1 week ago

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically accept that the arrival has been delayed indefinitely. Similarly, Despegar believes that the online travel revolution will sweep Latin America, but it accepts that the glorious moment has been delayed indefinitely. Consumer financing is its secret sauce to sustain itself while it waits.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A new loyalty program and a brand campaign to bolster direct traffic and user engagement are among the measures TripAdvisor is working on to counter the fact that Google is getting more stingy in providing free traffic. But TripAdvisor is also hoping — and anticipating — that U.S. regulators will step in.

2 weeks ago

Lastminute.com Looks to Asia-Pacific for More Travel Deals

Lastminute.com Looks to Asia-Pacific for More Travel Deals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the back of an impressive set of first-half results, Lastminute.com is casting the net further afield in the search for new acquisitions. Buying up companies in other parts of the world doesn't always work out, so executives will have to choose wisely.

2 weeks ago