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UK Regional Airline Flybmi Collapses and Blames Brexit

UK Regional Airline Flybmi Collapses and Blames Brexit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The shakeout in European aviation many have predicted looks like it is happening in 2019.

36 mins ago

A Transformed Medellin Grapples with Its Violent Past and 7 Other Tourism Trends this Week

A Transformed Medellin Grapples with Its Violent Past and 7 Other Tourism Trends this Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, Medellin figures out how to talk about its complicated past, a surf town in California's Newport Beach plays up its luxury attractions, and rail travel becomes the number one priority for booking platforms in Asia.

2 hours ago

TripAdvisor Emphasizes Experience Booking and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

TripAdvisor Emphasizes Experience Booking and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor moves away from the crowded hotel booking scene, USA Today Travel suffered when it moved online, and travel advisors realize boomers may be the most lucrative customers.

6 hours ago

Turkey Tops European Tourism Growth…Again

Turkey Tops European Tourism Growth…Again

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It was only a couple of years ago that the Turkish tourism industry was on its knees. How quickly things can change.

1 day ago

Choice Hotels Touts Its Tech Partnerships with Google and Amazon

Choice Hotels Touts Its Tech Partnerships with Google and Amazon

Deanna Ting, Skift

Will voice-enabled booking for hotels actually take off? Guess we'll find out first with Choice Hotels' partnership with Google.

1 day ago

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A bigger chunk of online travel bookings will be made through mobile in Southeast Asia and players need to improve the user experience fast. Learn from Expedia, which has been anointed the guru of mobile in the region by a Google/Accenture study.

1 day ago

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Expedia Had a Less-Is-More Approach to Mergers in 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia is an opportunistic company, and mergers and acquisitions are part of its DNA. The company has been quiet on this front for the past three years. It is sort of due to make another big splash.

2 days ago

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Singapore grapples with affordability, as seen in drops in shopping, dining, and hotel spending by tourists, who are also staying a shorter time. Going for more high-yield tourists and giving them the value they'd expect from paying high prices is the solution, and Singapore must do it fast. Here's why.

2 days ago

How Deem Wants to Reinvent Itself After Enterprise Deal

How Deem Wants to Reinvent Itself After Enterprise Deal

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It seems like Deem has a second chance to build something cool with the backing of Enterprise Holdings. Of course, staffing up means the company may not be able to embrace its current lean ethos going forward.

2 days ago

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison.

2 days ago

Virgin Voyages Wants Cruisers to Pay a Premium (and Like It)

Virgin Voyages Wants Cruisers to Pay a Premium (and Like It)

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Virgin Voyages has set its prices much higher than a typical Caribbean cruise, but the operator is including more perks in the price — and insists it will be anything but typical. Will fans of the brand pony up?

2 days ago

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags' big ambitions for international expansion are meeting economic reality. The theme park operator still finds potential in partnerships outside the United States, but expectations have to be adjusted.

2 days ago