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Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Facebook app now enables users to tap a Book Now button and has easy to use tap to call or messaging features with the venues. This is an important step by a company with a mammoth user base.

4 months ago

Airbnb Buys Payments Company Tilt to Let Travelers Split Trip Costs

Airbnb Buys Payments Company Tilt to Let Travelers Split Trip Costs

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelers have long asked Airbnb to make it easier to share the cost of a rental, including when they are using different currencies from a lodging host. By acquiring Tilt, the startup will likely add that service to its app.

4 months ago

Rethinking Sustainable Tourism — Digital Marketing News This Week

Rethinking Sustainable Tourism — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Overtourism is a growing problem, so it's heartening to see Booking.com taking on the problem of sustainability in an innovative way. That said, it's still too early to tell if this is a genuine commitment to sustainability, or just a "feel-good" move to create PR headlines.

5 months ago

Skift Podcast: Megatrends Defining Travel in 2017

Skift Podcast: Megatrends Defining Travel in 2017

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in for our take on the biggest — some might call them mega — trends we see in store for travel this year.

5 months ago

Instagram Launches Ads in Its Stories — Digital Travel Marketing News

Instagram Launches Ads in Its Stories — Digital Travel Marketing News

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Between their digital advertising tools and deep knowledge of consumers, there's virtually no tech company on earth (other than Google) that can match Facebook and Instagram. The launch of Instagram's new "Stories" feature should make advertising competitor Snapchat very afraid.

5 months ago

The Future of Smart Airports — Digital Travel Marketing This Week

The Future of Smart Airports — Digital Travel Marketing This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Given how much time we all spend at airports, it's a sector of the travel industry that's ripe for technology innovation and disruption.

6 months ago

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Smart destination marketing organizations will recognize that civil rights isn't just a hot-button political issue — it's a crucial part of a destination's identity, and with the right tech, it can draw visitors accordingly.

6 months ago

The Ad Blocking Dilemma for Travel Brands — Digital Travel Marketing News

The Ad Blocking Dilemma for Travel Brands — Digital Travel Marketing News

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Love it or hate it, the online travel industry would arguably not exist without the promotional firepower generated by paid digital advertising. As more online consumers choose to avoid this advertising using ad blocking tools, it's raising some difficult questions about how travel companies should proceed.

6 months ago

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is there a big enough market for travelers to track flights through push notifications and wait weeks or months to buy instead of going to a website and entering their itinerary details? Hopper, Hitlist, and others think Millennials and others will shop this way but there is skepticism about how large these businesses can become.

6 months ago

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

People often talk about disruption as though it is the end of the world. But Honda, in investing in Southeast Asian ride-sharing company Grab, as well as car-makers such as Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors, are showing that the disrupted can adapt. However, the degree to which their legacy businesses get damaged remains to be seen.

6 months ago

China’s Mapping Boom — Digital Travel Marketing News

China’s Mapping Boom — Digital Travel Marketing News

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Location-based marketing is the future of the travel industry. The companies (like Google, Apple and Baidu) that control access to location data via map applications will hold a huge competitive advantage over competitors.

7 months ago

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

Michelle Evans, Euromonitor

All markets are not created equal, and these five have lessons that are helpful beyond their borders.

7 months ago