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The Big-Tech Backlash Is Coming for Digital Advertising in Travel

The Big-Tech Backlash Is Coming for Digital Advertising in Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If — or when — a backlash comes, it would upend the business models of a wide swath of travel industry companies. It would also put many businesses specializing in surveillance of consumers at risk.

6 days ago

Travelport’s Plans to Go Private Held Up by Russian Regulators

Travelport’s Plans to Go Private Held Up by Russian Regulators

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Russian regulators have put up obstacles to the long-discussed buyout of the travel technology giant Travelport. Odds are the deal will still be completed, though.

1 week ago

Amadeus Finds Fastest Growth Overseas in North America

Amadeus Finds Fastest Growth Overseas in North America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Texas-based Sabre can no longer take for granted its home market of North America as Amadeus attempts to make inroads on the continent.

2 weeks ago

Inside the Clubby Business of Government Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

Inside the Clubby Business of Government Travel: A Skift Deep Dive

Isaac Carey, Skift

Navigating the world of government travel is so complex that it's hard for outside companies to handle it. And even if they can, opportunities are slim for getting big contracts with tens of billions of dollars up for grabs.

2 weeks ago

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years.

2 weeks ago

Sabre Will See Revenue Fallout From Jet Airways Collapse and 737 Max Grounding

Sabre Will See Revenue Fallout From Jet Airways Collapse and 737 Max Grounding

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Sabre is engaged in a tough but necessary technology transition. Beyond the system outages it has experienced recently, some of the events impacting its financial results, namely the Jet Airways financial collapse and the Boeing 737 Max groundings, are beyond the company's control.

3 weeks ago

IHG Sees Room for Improvement in Hotel Revenue Management

IHG Sees Room for Improvement in Hotel Revenue Management

Sean O'Neill, Skift

InterContinental Hotels Group aims to use its new reservations system from Amadeus to set and shift rates based on customer preferences and spending habits. But the move will eventually force the company to throw away its rulebook on how to maximize revenue.

3 weeks ago

Hertz Wanted a Cool Website: It Ended Up With a $32 Million Legal Nightmare

Hertz Wanted a Cool Website: It Ended Up With a $32 Million Legal Nightmare

Isaac Carey, Skift

It's kind of amazing how many things went wrong.

3 weeks ago

Travelport’s Plan to Build Market Share With U.S. Airlines and Agencies

Travelport’s Plan to Build Market Share With U.S. Airlines and Agencies

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport sees an opportunity to gain share with mid-market travel management companies in the U.S., which seems plausible. But it will need to keep up its pace of adopting new technologies and policies to pull that off.

4 weeks ago

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

Natalie Obiko Pearson and Krista Gmelich, Bloomberg

The underground ride-sharing app has big plans for growth, with an English version coming soon. By the time Uber gets on the road, it may find itself up against a solid competitor.

2 months ago

TravelSky’s Monopoly in China Helped Boost Annual Revenues

TravelSky’s Monopoly in China Helped Boost Annual Revenues

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TravelSky, China's state-backed airline distribution and software services company, reported solid revenue growth in 2018. But the company's insulation from market competition risks creating complacency, and some signs suggest Chinese airlines are frustrated.

2 months ago

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how to use them to pay for meals, attractions, and tickets whenever they visit Japan. The reason? Swelling Chinese tourism is prompting the country to adopt China’s preferred mobile payment method.

2 months ago