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Breaking news and insights about online travel booking, online travel agencies, travel startups, venture capital investments, and more essential news about digital travel.

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of that.

2 weeks ago

Second Life Targets Corporate Sector as Travel Lockdown Bites

Second Life Targets Corporate Sector as Travel Lockdown Bites

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Second Life has every right to reach out to businesses figuring out new ways to work remotely and to better engage potential customers, but there’s a lot of competition right now.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Faye Chiu, Skift

In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company's travel partners suffering in the wake of coronavirus. Plus, Trip.com Group said it would likely see a 50 percent drop in first quarter revenue but offered some hope that travel was slowly recovering in China.

2 weeks ago

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Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Sabre Virtual Payments + Skift

Travel companies today are more dependent on moving money around the world than ever before. Minimizing the friction caused by foreign exchange fees, regulatory surcharges, and other international fees requires a secure and streamlined global payment solution.

4 weeks ago

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups Bimble and Pruvo announced they had raised more than $1 million each in funding, despite the coronavirus crisis. Keep hope alive.

2 weeks ago

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

There are so many technologies that can and will impact the travel industry, but it's hard to poke through all the hype and see what will fundamentally change the future of travel. We investigate four technology buckets with the largest potential.

2 weeks ago

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given that we still don't know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel companies.

2 weeks ago

Events Planners Postpone to 4th Quarter, Go Virtual in the Meantime

Events Planners Postpone to 4th Quarter, Go Virtual in the Meantime

Dylan Monorchio, Skift

Event planners eager to avoid bidding adieu to their events have been optimistically postponing them to the summer months. With the coronavirus now showing little signs of abating by May or June, however, the industry is looking to the fourth quarter for recovery.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There will be a reckoning and perhaps a reordering of the competitive landscape once the coronavirus crisis fades. Meanwhile, companies such as Expedia Group know they need to have extreme focus to dig out of the mess.

2 weeks ago

What Is Going to Happen to All Postponed Events?

What Is Going to Happen to All Postponed Events?

Julius Solaris, EventMB

The events industry is living through one of the most difficult times of its existence. The coronavirus outbreak has forced an incredible number of events to be postponed. But postponed until when? And what will happen in the fourth quarter of 2020?

3 weeks ago

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next

Sean O'Neill, Skift

From short-term rentals to tours and activities to corporate travel, here are pockets of the travel tech startup sector to follow closely in the weeks ahead.

3 weeks ago

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

Douglas Busvine, Reuters

GetYourGuide top boss Johannes Reck said coronavirus may inflict a "nuclear winter" on the travel industry this year but that it has the resources to withstand the blow. Omio, Flixbus, and other European travel startups also are hoping for the best.

3 weeks ago