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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.

Why Skyscanner Is Closing Its Stand-Alone Local Recommendations App

Why Skyscanner Is Closing Its Stand-Alone Local Recommendations App

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's no surprise to see Skyscanner absorb the last bits of the user-generated reviews brand formerly known as Gogobot. But the price-comparison search company's bet on soliciting reviews from its own customers remains intriguing. The move highlights its ambition to become a superapp for travel.

1 week ago

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

This week in digital news, Red Roof launched a new best-rate guarantee program that provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third-party site, and we look at what's behind all of Shiji's hotel tech acquisitions.

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

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Skift Tech Forum Video: Why Payment Strategy is Key to Travel’s Frictionless Future

Skift Tech Forum Video: Why Payment Strategy is Key to Travel’s Frictionless Future

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A smart payments strategy sits at the heart of any successful travel business. But too many companies take this hidden infrastructure for granted in their decision-making. In this conversation with executives from Visa, we get a better sense of the evolving role that payments technology plays in today’s frictionless travel experience.

1 month ago

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

John Lauerman and Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

A drop in the value of the British pound relative to the euro and the dollar is pressuring On the Beach. Smaller players like this UK-based packaged-vacation seller can't afford the currency hedges and other benefits of scale that larger players can. More industry consolidation is likely as a result.

2 weeks ago

Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $40 million in funding. Notably two of the companies, travel medical insurance seller SafetyWing and upselling tech firm HotelFlex, are graduates of the famed Y Combinator startup accelerator.

2 weeks ago

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically accept that the arrival has been delayed indefinitely. Similarly, Despegar believes that the online travel revolution will sweep Latin America, but it accepts that the glorious moment has been delayed indefinitely. Consumer financing is its secret sauce to sustain itself while it waits.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A new loyalty program and a brand campaign to bolster direct traffic and user engagement are among the measures TripAdvisor is working on to counter the fact that Google is getting more stingy in providing free traffic. But TripAdvisor is also hoping — and anticipating — that U.S. regulators will step in.

2 weeks ago

Lastminute.com Looks to Asia-Pacific for More Travel Deals

Lastminute.com Looks to Asia-Pacific for More Travel Deals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the back of an impressive set of first-half results, Lastminute.com is casting the net further afield in the search for new acquisitions. Buying up companies in other parts of the world doesn't always work out, so executives will have to choose wisely.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Need for Urgency Under New Exec Structure

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Need for Urgency Under New Exec Structure

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking Holdings, along with Expedia Group, have both had to deal with acquisitions and integrations that have been taking too long. Booking officials are undoubtedly frustrated with the pace of progress at OpenTable and Rentalcars.com. At Expedia Group, Vrbo has been a multiyear reclamation project. To the speedster go the spoils.

2 weeks ago

Want a Pristine, Private Beach All to Yourself? Sandee’s Got You Covered

Want a Pristine, Private Beach All to Yourself? Sandee’s Got You Covered

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Ever find yourself desperate to find a private black-sand beach but don't have time to aimlessly search in a rental car? Consider Sand.ee, a new website and soon-to-be app, the latest brand that wants to give consumers more control over their experiences. It's a good example that creation is the new consumption, as forecasted by our Skift 2019 Megatrend.

2 weeks ago

Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Since 2016, Shiji has spent $141 million on acquisitions and investments across 10 tech companies outside of China, according to our review of its financial filings. Yet we still don't grasp the overseas strategy of the hospitality tech group.

2 weeks ago