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Travel Megatrends 2018: Back-End Travel Tech Gets a Design Renaissance

Travel Megatrends 2018: Back-End Travel Tech Gets a Design Renaissance

Sean O’Neill, Skift

The travel industry urgently needs operational software that normal people find intuitive, flexible, and powerful. Otherwise it will lose efficient early-career workers to other sectors that have superior tools.

2 weeks ago

Airline Data Powerhouse Buys Routehappy in Bid for Transformation

Airline Data Powerhouse Buys Routehappy in Bid for Transformation

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? ATPCO's first acquisition in its 53-year history shows that rich content will play a huge role in the air distribution marketplace.

3 weeks ago

Next Congressional Showdown Will Feature Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Next Congressional Showdown Will Feature Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Infrastructure investment is next on the docket after a year of unfulfilled promises from the Trump Administration. It's doubtful that congressional Democrats will buy into a plan that calls for states and local governments to invest heavily in these improvements.

3 weeks ago

Travel Loyalty Programs May Become Smaller With More Perks in 2018

Travel Loyalty Programs May Become Smaller With More Perks in 2018

Grant Martin, Skift

There's a smaller and perhaps more rewarding world facing frequent flyers in 2018. To reap the rewards, though, those elite travelers will have to pay up.

3 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Blockchain Will Spark a New Type of Tech Race in Travel

Travel Megatrends 2018: Blockchain Will Spark a New Type of Tech Race in Travel

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Some companies are betting big on blockchain's bandwagon effect. Time will tell whether the new technology materializes into cheaper, better, and faster travel experiences.

4 weeks ago

Uber Caps the Hours Its British Drivers Can Work in a Bid for Safety

Uber Caps the Hours Its British Drivers Can Work in a Bid for Safety

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Unlike Lyft, Uber has no blanket policy designed to keep exhausted workers off the road worldwide. Why not?

4 weeks ago

Onefinestay Launches Concierge Service With Loyalty Elements

Onefinestay Launches Concierge Service With Loyalty Elements

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Rumor has it that Airbnb is gearing up to announce a more personalized experience soon, and Onefinestay may have just beat its strongest competitor to the punch.

1 month ago

Points International Claims 2017 Growth for Its Loyalty Tech Platform

Points International Claims 2017 Growth for Its Loyalty Tech Platform

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Points, a reseller of airline miles and hotel points, has begun to sign up travel companies to its newer ways of squeezing money out of their programs. But it's still too early to tell for sure how successful these efforts will be.

1 month ago

The Coming Tech Backlash and What It Means for Travel

The Coming Tech Backlash and What It Means for Travel

Rafat Ali, Skift

While the larger world is asking questions and turning on Silicon Valley, and the tools and culture it spawned, it is time for everyone — including us in travel — to pause to account for the society we are creating. The tech and social media backlash happening right now is a test for us in travel, as well.

1 month ago

WeChat Debuts Tools to Make It Easier for Tourism Boards to Create Microsites

WeChat Debuts Tools to Make It Easier for Tourism Boards to Create Microsites

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many tourism boards now have entire teams dedicated to China and WeChat. It's a very complex task for foreigners to get the content right, but it appears as though WeChat parent Tencent is trying to make the platform more accessible for tourism boards.

2 months ago

Companies Are in a Frenzy to Hire Artificial Intelligence Talent

Companies Are in a Frenzy to Hire Artificial Intelligence Talent

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

Data science is central to online travel. Booking.com alone has 50 data scientists. But demand for talent exceeds the supply. Expect more acquihires of startups as a fix.

2 months ago

Bidding Platform Koddi Buys a Hotel Ad Tech Division From Criteo

Bidding Platform Koddi Buys a Hotel Ad Tech Division From Criteo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This relatively small deal tells a larger story about the structural reasons why hotels have been behind the curve in digital marketing relative to retail and other sectors.

2 months ago