Mobile

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

China is California’s top long-haul market. So it's a smart move for Brand USA and San Diego to partner with Alibaba, given that Chinese travelers use Alipay and online travel platform Fliggy on a daily basis.

3 weeks ago

Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When you're Google, you can take more than a decade to hone a product such as Google Maps and attract more than a billion users without having to worry that it isn't making lots of money. But the monetization of Google Maps will soon start in earnest, and travel marketers, for the most part, will hustle to get in.

2 months 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 months ago

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How Connected Employees Can Enhance Customer Experiences in Real Time

How Connected Employees Can Enhance Customer Experiences in Real Time

Microsoft + Skift

Digitizing, streamlining, and simplifying how employees communicate and collaborate is essential to truly empowering firstline workers to deliver results. Providing them with the right tools is key.

3 months 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.

2 months ago

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China's No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market.

5 months ago

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years.

5 months 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 months 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.

6 months ago

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Lucca de Paoli and Manus Cranny, Bloomberg

Vista is getting bigger, as more and more companies realize it’s way easier to rent a jet rather than own one outright. Now, this most recent acquisition makes booking seats even easier, but who knows if it will catch on with luxury travelers.

6 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Real-World Experiences Gain Value in an Era of Tech Burnout

Travel Megatrends 2019: Real-World Experiences Gain Value in an Era of Tech Burnout

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travel companies are honing their own technological innovations even as Silicon Valley acknowledges the dangers of tech overload. Travelers must find a balance.

7 months ago

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Brexit would have a steep price, and no longer escaping mobile roaming charges for Brits traveling to the UK, and for European Union citizens traveling to the UK, could be one of the components. Were leave voters thinking of that?

8 months ago