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Asian Online Travel Pioneer Zuji Shuts Down

Asian Online Travel Pioneer Zuji Shuts Down

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It was launched with much fanfare in 2002, but in the end, Zuji — which translates to "footprints" in Mandarin — failed miserably to leave a lasting imprint on Asia’s online travel scene.

5 days ago

Lessons From India’s Online Travel Market and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Lessons From India’s Online Travel Market and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, be sure to read our new deep dive on the innovations coming out of India's $2 billion online travel market, and what other players can learn from it about competition, pricing, and marketing.

5 days ago

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

What India Reveals About the Future of Online Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Surprising factors have delayed the coronation of MakeMyTrip Group as India's queen of domestic online travel. Paytm came out of nowhere to grab share, Oyo upended budget hotel distribution, Ixigo tried to make price comparison chic, and Booking.com outmaneuvered Expedia for premium hotel bookings. From this scrappy mix, online travel will find new lessons.

1 week ago

Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Webjet Australia Grew Revenue Tenfold in 8 Years: Now It Gets Tough

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Webjet Limited has risen as a major online travel agency in Australia and the No. 2 bedbank player globally. But stiff competition among online players down under, a slowdown in cruise sales, and low bedbank margins will keep it on its toes.

2 weeks ago

Travel Apps Share User Data With Facebook and 3 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travel Apps Share User Data With Facebook and 3 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, we have two stories on personal data. A new privacy report found that some travel apps including Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Skyscanner shared user data from their Android apps with Facebook. Then, an update on the massive Marriott data breach.

2 weeks ago

The Travel Buzzwords Skift Loves to Hate

The Travel Buzzwords Skift Loves to Hate

Skift Staff, Skift

We're not mad, but we are tired of buzzwords being used by travel companies to obscure what is really going on, which tends to be either a strategic erosion of quality for consumers, or a slow process of change to become more competitive in a certain marketplace.

3 weeks ago

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Consumers often wonder where they can find the lowest rate for a hotel room online. Oddly enough, a hotel's managers may not know the answer. Mysteriously discounted rates from small sites and apps are popping up more often online, even in markets like the U.S. where a few hotel groups dominate.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Faces Lawsuit and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia Faces Lawsuit and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in digital news, Expedia is facing a lawsuit over its allegedly deceptive collection of fees with Reservations.com. And don't miss our 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018, including Amadeus' purchase of TravelClick, Booking's investment in Didi, and more.

4 weeks ago

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Ctrip has been able to spend most of its 15-year history riding a rising travel tide in China while buying out much of the competition to blunt their challenges. For 2019, Ctrip will have to stand up and get moving to recapture momentum and investor attention.

4 weeks ago

Amazon May Create Advertising Opportunities for Travel Companies: New Skift Research E-Book

Amazon May Create Advertising Opportunities for Travel Companies: New Skift Research E-Book

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon to the rescue? That is narrative you don't often hear associated with Jeff Bezos' company. But advertising is collectively one of travel's largest expenses and few can break free of the Facebook and Google duopoly. Amazon might just be able to succeed where many others have failed.

1 month ago

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies have been vehemently opposed to detailing the components of the taxes and fees they collect on prepaid hotel bookings because it would expose the wholesale rates they obtain from hotels and the markups that the booking sites impose. This lawsuit could potentially impose changes in Expedia's financial relationship with its affiliates.

1 month ago

What Does 2019 Hold For Travel as Recession Anxieties Rise: New Skift Research

What Does 2019 Hold For Travel as Recession Anxieties Rise: New Skift Research

Rebecca Stone and Seth Borko, Skift Research

Will there be a recession next year? That seems to be the question on everyone's minds. But the fundamental data and industry management teams tell a story of greater strength heading into next year. Headwinds are rising, but on balance, we expect “steady-as-she-goes” growth.

1 month ago