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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.

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google's business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe.

3 weeks ago

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

Elffie Chew and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia's deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was "very doable." The largest budget carrier in Asia certainly has the data and innovativeness to pull it off. But skepticism abounds among industry vets.

3 weeks ago

Skift Tech Forum: Amadeus Says Computer Vision Models Will Disrupt Aviation Tech

Skift Tech Forum: Amadeus Says Computer Vision Models Will Disrupt Aviation Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Computer vision algorithms will have a huge impact on airline and airport operations, according to Marion Mesnage, who heads up the research and innovation team at Amadeus, the travel tech giant.

3 weeks ago

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Skift Forum Europe Video: How Radisson Hotel Group is Charting a New Course to Great Experiences

Skift Forum Europe Video: How Radisson Hotel Group is Charting a New Course to Great Experiences

Today’s travel industry marketers face an increasingly complicated path to reach and influence their customers. In this video recap of a conversation from Skift Forum Europe 2019, we hear how Accenture and Radisson Hotel Group are helping tackle some of these challenges.

2 weeks ago

Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups announcing funding this week include Mindsay, a travel chatbot maker, Interprefy, a service for providing remote interpreters for events, Airfree, a service that sells duty-free products online during flights, and Airblack, a social-travel commerce startup.

3 weeks ago

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal

Sean O'Neill, Skift

By the end of this week, Travelport is expected to leave the public markets in a $4.4 billion leveraged buyout. After months of waiting, the company can finally move on to its next steps.

3 weeks ago

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The funding of French startup Mindsay may be small news. But interviews with its customers Iberia and CWT suggest that a second wave of chatbot technology has stopped frustrating travelers with as many misunderstandings as the earlier tech did. That's a big deal for the sector.

3 weeks ago

Booking Site Ixigo’s Rail-First Strategy Propels Growth in India

Booking Site Ixigo’s Rail-First Strategy Propels Growth in India

Sean O'Neill, Skift

An exclusive first look at Ixigo's fiscal year financials reveals that the travel price-comparison startup is growing rapidly. Its story suggests how business models that originated in Western markets sometimes need to adapt to local needs to succeed in emerging markets.

3 weeks ago

Agoda CEO: Online Travel Is Becoming Like the Game of Thrones

Agoda CEO: Online Travel Is Becoming Like the Game of Thrones

Tom Lowry, Skift

Agoda has been an online travel leader in Asia for more than a decade. CEO John Brown doesn't doubt that it will stay the same, but the new competition sure indicates winter is coming.

3 weeks ago

Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, Amadeus has suffered a data breach, which is becoming increasingly common across all industries. Plus, the Travelperk CEO discusses his strategy in Europe and Ctrip's global push starts to pay off.

4 weeks ago

Lonely Planet to Revamp Its Guidebooks, Starting With China

Lonely Planet to Revamp Its Guidebooks, Starting With China

Isaac Carey, Skift

CEO Luis Cabrera has big plans to invest in digital opportunities, but right now the company is still in the experimental stage.

4 weeks ago

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $309 million in funding, as Mafengwo, Prowler.io, Instawork, Revenue Analytics, Dawex, and Outpost received investments.

4 weeks ago