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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.

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We head into 2020 with more question marks than any year of this cycle. Risks are rising and the global economy is slowing. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

1 week ago

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Creating the connected trip means online travel agencies will have to become high-powered, tech-first, traditional travel agencies. It sounds cool but probably isn't feasible without major upheaval across the global travel market.

2 weeks ago

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Travel Leaders Group has a goal to fill the void left behind following the demise of Thomas Cook. Meanwhile, hotel chain Selina is competing against WeWork in Latin America with networking.

2 weeks ago

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New Whitepaper Reviews the Travel Industry’s Progress on Data-Driven Personalization

New Whitepaper Reviews the Travel Industry’s Progress on Data-Driven Personalization

Adara + Skift

This new whitepaper from Adara, based on the results of a survey of close to 500 travel marketing executives, offers a snapshot of the industry’s progress deploying advanced data-driven personalization strategies.

4 weeks ago

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $101 million in funding for a range of concepts, including cross-border payments technology, short-term property management services, digital marketing help, and hotel tech.

2 weeks ago

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the Beach's purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the United Kingdom lost a holiday supplier, and the company has a ready-made alternative on offer.

2 weeks ago

Oyo’s Widening Losses and Other Financial Takeaways From Its Latest Filing

Oyo’s Widening Losses and Other Financial Takeaways From Its Latest Filing

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Oyo has disclosed a surge in losses in documents related to its $1.5 billion in new funding. The hospitality company claims it will turn profitable three years from now, yet Skift Research dug beneath the headlines to deliver analysis substantiated by Oyo's latest income statements.

3 weeks ago

Booking and Expedia Battle to Offer Connected Trips and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking and Expedia Battle to Offer Connected Trips and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, the online booking giants strive and compete to give travelers a more seamless experience. Meanwhile, travel management company Serko is making partnerships with major travel companies to help its expansion in international markets.

3 weeks ago

Tencent Bets Big on Ctrip-Backed LvYue Hotel Group: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Tencent Bets Big on Ctrip-Backed LvYue Hotel Group: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Is there anything that Trip.com Group (formerly Ctrip) won't do? LvYue Hotel Group is its upscale counterpart to Oyo, a set of hotel brands run in partnership with local operators in 10 Asian countries and run on cloud-based software.

3 weeks ago

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and become a thing. It will take a very extended period of time to make it a more meaningful development. In that faraway horizon, will there indeed be any differentiation among the leading providers?

3 weeks ago

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number of years. Do the numbers stack up over the long term and will people keep renewing?

3 weeks ago

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is touting the three companies' ties to advantage Booking.com in a way that might be a tad confusing to travel industry executives or NYU Hospitality students, but consumers could care less.

4 weeks ago