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How Faster Search and Automation Can Help Power Performance for Travel Brands

How Faster Search and Automation Can Help Power Performance for Travel Brands

Travelport + Skift

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more sophisticated API-connected platforms are powering better speed, relevance, and accuracy of search and automating services across all touchpoints of the traveler journey—allowing travel providers and resellers to connect with customers more efficiently.

3 months ago

Chinese Travelers Turn to Messaging Apps To Make Payments

Chinese Travelers Turn to Messaging Apps To Make Payments

Dave Montali, Skift

The Chinese outbound market is booming yet travelers still find low acceptance of their typical payment methods. As travel becomes more accessible to the Chinese lower and middle class offering payment methods such as AliPay and WeChat Pay will be a definitive competitive advantage.

3 months ago

New Research Report: The State of Consumer Payments in Travel 2017

New Research Report: The State of Consumer Payments in Travel 2017

Dave Montali, Skift

Consumer adoption of new payment methods and devices for settling purchases is the main driver of adoption by companies. Yet travel companies can gain a valuable competitive advantage by predicting trends in payments and making payments as easy as possible for everyone.

4 months ago

Mobile Travel Bookings Will Reach 40 Percent of Online Sales in 2017

Mobile Travel Bookings Will Reach 40 Percent of Online Sales in 2017

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Enhanced mobile booking tools and merchandising are resonating with consumers. As it gets easier to book on your phone, mobile could overtake traditional computer bookings as the most popular way U.S. travelers plan and book their trips.

4 months ago

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Managed Travel’s Future is Seamless and Mobile

Managed Travel’s Future is Seamless and Mobile

Sabre and Chrome River + Skift

The ubiquity of mobile devices, coupled with an array of digital travel booking services, has changed the game for business travelers and their travel managers.

4 months ago

Apple Talks Up Enhancements to Its Translation and Mapping Tools

Apple Talks Up Enhancements to Its Translation and Mapping Tools

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Apple's annual gathering of mobile app makers revealed that the company is enhancing its voice-activated translation tools. That perked up our ears. But Siri's still not as fast as many travelers would like.

4 months ago

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Paul English was pretty candid about the limitations of his initial idea and equally excited about the potential of tapping into the corporate travel world. The "travel agent in your pocket" approach was never going to be big for the average consumer and targeting businesses seems much more sensible.

5 months ago

China’s Alipay Wants to Be Part of Chinese Travelers’ U.S. Trips With New Deal

China’s Alipay Wants to Be Part of Chinese Travelers’ U.S. Trips With New Deal

Jenny Surane and Selina Wang, Bloomberg

Mobile payments aren't yet as robust in the U.S. as they are in China, but Alipay is getting in front of demand it sees from Chinese travelers interested in American vacations who want familiar technology in their pockets.

5 months ago

Facebook Expands Its Dynamic Ads for Travel to Airlines

Facebook Expands Its Dynamic Ads for Travel to Airlines

Deanna Ting, Skift

The bigger question here is this: Should airlines and their travel peers be investing more in social versus search?

6 months ago

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Three Things to Know About How Chinese Travelers Book Their Trips

Three Things to Know About How Chinese Travelers Book Their Trips

worldpay + Skift

Travel providers looking to target Chinese travelers need to pay attention to what they want out of a booking experience.

6 months ago

Microsoft Bets on Artificial Intelligence to Help It Succeed Again in Travel

Microsoft Bets on Artificial Intelligence to Help It Succeed Again in Travel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Microsoft thinks that voice-powered internet gives it a shot — via voice assistant Cortana — at upending today's travel search funnel, which is dominated by Google's search results. The theory's plausible, but Microsoft needs to move faster to win.

6 months ago

Skift Forum Europe: Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

Skift Forum Europe: Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Companies often chase and vie to sign on influencers for marketing purposes, but all can agree that Google is one of the most powerful forces in travel. Despite Facebook's inroads, Google travel products are ascending and Heckmann will shed light on their trajectory.

7 months ago