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Hospitality Startup Selina Follows Hipsters to New York City’s Hot Spots for U.S. Debut

Hospitality Startup Selina Follows Hipsters to New York City’s Hot Spots for U.S. Debut

Sean O'Neill, Skift

"Everything is converging in hospitality," according to one Skift 2019 Megatrend. Selina embodies this Megatrend perfectly in how it pushes the bounds of co-living and co-working. But the company needs to execute its plans on time or else business partners will lose faith.

2 weeks ago

How TUI and Rezdy Fit Into Ctrip’s Growth Strategy Outside China

How TUI and Rezdy Fit Into Ctrip’s Growth Strategy Outside China

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China slowdown? Meituan rivalry? Naaah, Ctrip had a fab 2018. Domestic travel remains strong, but it is international travel growth that’s exciting. Now we know what drives its latest partnerships with TUI’s Musement and Rezdy.

2 weeks ago

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Analyzing startups and venture capital trends helps us glimpse the future of travel.

2 weeks ago

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Skift Megatrends Webinar: Everything Is Converging in Hospitality

Skift Megatrends Webinar: Everything Is Converging in Hospitality

Sojern + Skift

Our upcoming Skift Webinar, “Everything Is Converging in Hospitality: Is Personalization the Answer for Travel Marketers?” takes a closer look at one of the trends defining travel in 2019. Register to attend on March 28, 1–2 p.m. EDT.

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Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

Filipe Pacheco and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

One of the kingdom’s largest travel companies, Al Tayyar, could receive a cash boost if it sells its stake in a ridehailing company to Uber as expected. The Saudi Arabian travel firm will need to invest the windfall wisely if it wishes to avoid the troubles facing companies like TUI and Thomas Cook.

2 weeks ago

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As an airline, AirAsia has led its peers in many metrics, especially on cost control. But its new effort to nurture startups has the odds against it. Will this effort bring strategic gains for the company? We’ll know in a few years.

2 weeks ago

Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotels are hiring companies to clamp down on online travel sites displaying cheap rates against their wishes. One of those startups, Fornova, has just bought smaller rival HotelsBI to broaden its rate-detection service. The deal is partly justified by the increasing tech spending on a cat-and-mouse-game between hoteliers and providers of rogue rates.

2 weeks ago

Why Does Traveloka Want to Venture Into Competitive Australia?

Why Does Traveloka Want to Venture Into Competitive Australia?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Traveloka is going after a slice of the Australian online travel market. That's brave. Even though the market is robust, the space is highly competitive. While Indonesia is popular among Australians, travelers still mainly prefer Bali, which is like their backyard. So what has Traveloka to offer?

2 weeks ago

Booking and Airbnb in Dead Heat and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking and Airbnb in Dead Heat and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, Booking Holdings reveals solid progress in the realm of alternative accommodations, Airbnb sees swelling domestic markets in China and India, and car rental companies look for more ways to use smart technology to drive growth.

2 weeks ago

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Brexit would have a steep price, and no longer escaping mobile roaming charges for Brits traveling to the UK, and for European Union citizens traveling to the UK, could be one of the components. Were leave voters thinking of that?

2 weeks ago

Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Kayak is looking to get leaner and more efficient. The restructuring, though, doesn't exactly mesh with the upbeat picture about the metasearch company that parent Booking Holdings described during its fourth-quarter earnings call this week.

3 weeks ago

Standard Hotels Spins Off One Night Booking App: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Standard Hotels Spins Off One Night Booking App: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's not clear there's enough market demand for a mobile app that books only independent and boutique properties. But some hoteliers might welcome the new app One Night if it can bring down its distribution costs, even marginally.

3 weeks ago