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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.

SoftBank Invests in Brazil’s Buser: Travel Startup Funding This Week

SoftBank Invests in Brazil’s Buser: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

By investing in bus booking company Buser, SoftBank continues to add travel-related startups to its portfolio of investments, despite reports of trouble due to its investments in WeWork and Uber that have not met its expectations. Plus, we have this week's news of funding for the startups Jiudianbang, Lyte, Situm, and Skyroam.

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Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Many airline executives insist that their so-called New Distribution Capability, or new method of sharing data for selling tickets, will hit a major target next year. But industry insiders say the target will be missed. To cope in the meantime, several airlines will expand the marketing for bundled fares under a confusing array of brand names.

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Hotels Are Finding Cheaper Ways to Connect to Tech Vendors

Hotels Are Finding Cheaper Ways to Connect to Tech Vendors

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotel tech innovation has been partly hampered by high tolls that property management systems charge for accessing critical data. Impala, Hapi, and other companies hope to bring that connectivity cost down, which could be a windfall for vendors.

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Skift Global Forum 2019: How Accenture and Marriott Are Supercharging the Guest Experience by Empowering Employees

Skift Global Forum 2019: How Accenture and Marriott Are Supercharging the Guest Experience by Empowering Employees

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Marriott has launched a new tech platform that empowers its more than 700,000 associates worldwide to provide high-touch, personalized service at scale. Turns out if you take care of your people, they’ll do an even better job of caring for guests.

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Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, we take a closer look behind the collapse of Thomas Cook and what the company's failure to adjust to the changing economy means for the future of packaged vacations. Meanwhile, Southeast Asia's travel is on the rise thanks to the growth of budget hotels.

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Aero Raises $16 Million for Air Service for Millennials: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Aero Raises $16 Million for Air Service for Millennials: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, the startups Aero, TravelBank, Impala, Quicko, and Fyle together announced more than $45 million in funding.

2 weeks ago

Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Like low-cost carriers before them, low-cost hotel chains are playing a big role in the growth of online travel in Southeast Asia, according to a new Google report.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Jasmine Ganaishlal, Skift

Airbnb Experiences continues to expand as the company launches its first animal-friendly category. The company encourages animal lovers to put away their tech devices with the funny dog videos and connect with wildlife in a safer environment. It's just good business for Airbnb too.

2 weeks ago

Skyscanner Wants to Be Instagram-Like in Selling Flights

Skyscanner Wants to Be Instagram-Like in Selling Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We can shop for TVs and clothes on our phone, but booking flights remains stubbornly old school. Skyscanner is one of a few online players working with airlines to fix that.

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Hotel Data Giant STR Acquired for $450 Million

Hotel Data Giant STR Acquired for $450 Million

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Data and analytics are not just vital in the contemporary hospitality ecosystem but also big business. CoStar's acquisition of STR shows the overlap between traditional commercial real estate and the global hotel market.

2 weeks ago

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal, Skift

This week in digital news, Ryanair and Expedia have finally reached a settlement — two years after the Irish airline initially filed. Meanwhile, Marriott has no plans to make any changes to its Bonvoy program despite its ups and downs.

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San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

China is California’s top long-haul market. So it's a smart move for Brand USA and San Diego to partner with Alibaba, given that Chinese travelers use Alipay and online travel platform Fliggy on a daily basis.

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