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Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, we take a deep dive into Google Maps, comparing it to other superapps like Meituan in China or Grab in Southeast Asia. Plus, we talk to Avis executive Jeff Kaelin about customers' mobile experience and look at Jumia's growing hotel business in Africa.

7 hours ago

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Two event tech startups, Bizzabo and Gather, have raised millions in funding to help businesses and restaurants manage and grow events. The companies are benefiting from a 2019 Megatrend that Skift summarized as "real-world experiences gain value in an era of tech burnout."

3 days ago

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Jumia is one of a few companies that deserve credit for building nascent online travel businesses in several African markets. But as Google and other tech platforms gain a continent-wide presence, they may use their pervasiveness to play kingmakers in online travel.

4 days ago

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New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

D-EDGE + Skift

A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment.

2 days ago

What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism: New Skift Research

What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Sentiment analysis is a burgeoning field that we can use to add a new dimension to the industry-wide conversation about overtourism.

5 days ago

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Moves to Simplify Corporate Structure

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Moves to Simplify Corporate Structure

Sean O'Neill and Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia will stop being a controlled company after it acquires Liberty, and Barry Diller, chairman of Expedia, will own about 29 percent of the online travel group's voting power. The move makes the company's ownership structure more transparent, which is a good thing.

5 days ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

6 days ago

Fosun’s Venture Capital Arm Backs Israeli Booking Site in an Ongoing Travel Push

Fosun’s Venture Capital Arm Backs Israeli Booking Site in an Ongoing Travel Push

Sean O'Neill, Skift

While Western media tends to focus on the funding moves of corporate venture capital arms of regional brands like JetBlue and EasyJet, it’s also important to see how key investment players in Asia, like Shanghai-based Fosun, are investing, such as in Splitty, a hotel booking startup.

6 days ago

Smaller Hotels and Hostels Catch Up on Tech With New Wave of Software Makers

Smaller Hotels and Hostels Catch Up on Tech With New Wave of Software Makers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The story of software maker Cloudbeds, named the fastest-growing travel and hospitality company in the U.S., points to a broader trend of smaller hotels adopting new tools to manage their properties.

7 days ago

Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, Traveloka’s new discovery platform marks a huge expansion into the lucrative food market, Flight Centre becomes the largest stakeholder of startup Upside, and TripAdvisor releases a comprehensive platform for searching cruise reviews.

1 week ago

V Resorts Raises $10 Million for Branded Resorts: Travel Startup Funding This Week

V Resorts Raises $10 Million for Branded Resorts: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Aditi Balbir, founder and CEO of V Resorts, has impressed investors with her take on asset-light hospitality management in India, like an Oyo for resorts. In a distinctive touch, the company uses and markets goods and furnishings made by local crafts workers.

1 week ago

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

It doesn’t look good for SoftBank. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has immense power under President Trump and has been cracking down on foreign investment. This puts overseas investors in a very uncertain position, which could lead to fewer international business deals.

2 weeks ago