Airbnb has emerged as the leader in travel product. Now it's horning into travel creative, as well.
Branded Airbnb rooms? As the accommodations-sharing startup faces increasing regulatory scrutiny on its other lines of business, maybe it's not such a crazy idea after all.
Even if the Rio Olympics isn't going as planned, sports tourism spending is big business. More travel agents and tourism boards seem to be waking up the fact that money is no object when it comes to fans' favorite teams.
Convincing consumers to download branded travel apps was an uphill battle even when apps on smartphones were still a novelty. Now that the market has reached saturation, it's only going to get more difficult.
Will artificially intelligent flight search tools finally put an end to the ceaseless "what's best time to buy a plane ticket?" questions? We can only hope.
There's obvious safety and privacy reasons to limit widespread use of drones at popular tourist sites. But perhaps there's a way these robotic flying machines, if used responsibly, can still inspire and excite travelers' imaginations.
As companies as wide-ranging as the railroad industry to Facebook have realized, if you control the infrastructure other companies need to deliver their products, you win. As many travel brands now realize, APIs are that infrastructure for the internet.
Travel brands have been chomping at the bit for a "book now" button in Instagram. With this new ad product, they're one step closer to finding out a real ROI from the Instagram strategies.
Fliers consistently rave about the perks and convenience of airlines like Porter. But the sad truth is that more powerful industry competitors and government regulators can make or break the success of upstarts, simply by denying access to key airports or limiting their growth.
Digital payments are big business. It's not just a question of how travelers spend. It's about the market power that comes from knowing how they spend, and other companies' access to that information.