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GetYourGuide CEO Highlights Google’s Alleged Failings During the Pandemic

GetYourGuide CEO Highlights Google’s Alleged Failings During the Pandemic

Dennis Schaal, Skift

GetYourGuide's Johannes Reck is underplaying the Google threat in tours and activities. Sure, Google has much larger priorities, but how much will it cost to build the GetYourGuide brand with Google controlling the airspace?

1 week ago

Less-Visited Destinations Have a Chance to Be on Travel’s Larger Map: Top Expedia Group Exec

Less-Visited Destinations Have a Chance to Be on Travel’s Larger Map: Top Expedia Group Exec

Sean O'Neill, Skift

All the recent search-and-booking activity for historically less-visited destinations will make it easier for them to justify marketing expenditures even after the pandemic wanes, says Expedia's Cyril Ranque. Could be true, given the curious logic of algorithms.

1 week ago

Pandemic May Revive Fortunes of Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Travel Content in a Few Niches

Pandemic May Revive Fortunes of Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Travel Content in a Few Niches

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Virtual reality has been the next big thing for years, and it always will be. But despite skepticism, the technology shows a potential to help the travel sector in a few specific, high margin cases.

1 week ago

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5 Ways Travel Brands Can Use Messaging to Strengthen Customer Service — and Why It Matters Now

5 Ways Travel Brands Can Use Messaging to Strengthen Customer Service — and Why It Matters Now

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The coronavirus pandemic has shown that building a strong chat and messaging infrastructure has never been more vital to companies that want to provide the best customer support experience possible.

3 weeks ago

India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

Sean O'Neill, Skift

One wonders whether some travel companies like MakeMyTrip Group must rethink parts of their business during the pandemic. They may continue to struggle to pay out millions in refunds to customers due to a staccato pace of travel restrictions.

2 weeks ago

SevenRooms Raises $50 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

SevenRooms Raises $50 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite the crisis, travel startups continue to raise funds. SevenRooms, a guest experience platform for restaurants and hotels, was one highlight this week.

2 weeks ago

Sonder to Raise $200 Million in Funding for Its Hotel and Short-Term Rental Model

Sonder to Raise $200 Million in Funding for Its Hotel and Short-Term Rental Model

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sonder is now the second unicorn in the short-term rental and hotel sector after Airbnb. At this rate, Sonder will IPO before Airbnb.

2 weeks ago

Trip.com Group’s New Recovery Campaign Shows Tourism Leaders Still Long for China’s Outbound Travelers

Trip.com Group’s New Recovery Campaign Shows Tourism Leaders Still Long for China’s Outbound Travelers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

World tourism leaders make a beeline for this new initiative to get people, especially the world's highest spending tourists, to travel again. Kudos to Trip.com Group for picking up the mantle to unite the global industry.

2 weeks ago

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vendors are getting creative with pandemic-related services, like the following: Passport control via facial recognition. Contactless elevators. Food-ordering without needing an app. Luggage disinfection via ultraviolet light. Mask-detecting robots.

3 weeks ago

TripActions Raises $125 Million for Corporate Travel: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripActions Raises $125 Million for Corporate Travel: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The latest batch of travel startups to raise funding has focused on themes of corporate travel, integrating mobility services like airport transfers into travel apps, giving hotels guest engagement tools, aggregating destination experiences, and providing technology for managing short-term rentals.

3 weeks ago

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a morsel to hang onto.

3 weeks ago

EDreams Now Has a Half Million Paying Travel Subscribers

EDreams Now Has a Half Million Paying Travel Subscribers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The subscription model continues to show promise in travel.

3 weeks ago