Skift Originals

What Airbnb Should Do With Resy and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

What Airbnb Should Do With Resy and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week's biggest piece of hospitality news was Airbnb linking up with Resy, the home-sharing giant's latest step toward becoming a superbrand of travel.

18 hours ago

Expedia Wants to Loosen Google’s Travel-Advertising Grip and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia Wants to Loosen Google’s Travel-Advertising Grip and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we thought about new beginnings. Expedia's new CEO wants to chip away at Google's dominance and Expedia-supported Despegar successfully launched an IPO.

23 hours ago

Introducing Skift Table: The Business of Restaurants

Introducing Skift Table: The Business of Restaurants

Jason Clampet, Skift

Five years in, Skift is ready to take on a new challenge. But we aren’t about to do this on an empty stomach.

2 days ago

European Destinations Are Trying to Stand Out to Chinese Travelers

European Destinations Are Trying to Stand Out to Chinese Travelers

Dan Petlier, Skift

More destinations understand that WeChat is a different ball game than western channels and they're getting smarter about how to reach Chinese travelers on the platform. The challenge is showing how Paris, for instance, is different from a city in Belgium or Germany that also wants to attract more tourism.

2 days ago

This Is What Airbnb Should Do With Resy

This Is What Airbnb Should Do With Resy

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can Resy do more than just restaurant bookings for Airbnb? Our answer is a resounding yes.

2 days ago

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

Patrick Whyte , Skift

With privacy and data protection becoming bigger issues for consumers, it's not a surprise to see the European Union step up its regulation. Travel companies all over the world should be paying attention.

2 days ago

Home Rental Platform Le Collectionist Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Home Rental Platform Le Collectionist Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With this funding, Le Collectionist ramps up its marketing of luxury vacation rentals. But Airbnb and other tech and lodging brands may not let this profitable segment be siphoned off by this and other young startups for long.

2 days ago

Can Business Travel Ever Be Buttery Smooth? — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Can Business Travel Ever Be Buttery Smooth? — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Making business travel smoother and less painful is an admirable goal. But what's the best way to do that? We expect to see even more technology solutions crop up to try to answer that question.

2 days ago

Interview: Expedia CEO Sees an Opening With Chatbots to Loosen Google’s Grip on Travel

Interview: Expedia CEO Sees an Opening With Chatbots to Loosen Google’s Grip on Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The online travel environment is transitioning at a hectic pace when you consider mobile and artificial intelligence. Expedia's new CEO, Mark Okerstrom, will have to find a way to chart his company's evolution at an appropriate speed to keep up. It won't always be smooth sailing.

3 days ago

Ryanair’s Pilot Drama Threatens to Undo Its Goodwill Push

Ryanair’s Pilot Drama Threatens to Undo Its Goodwill Push

Brian Sumers, Skift

Just before this pilot issue broke, Skift went to Europe to speak with Ryanair's chief marketing officer about how he improved the airline's customer service. Recent events will almost certainly set Ryanair back, but we think it can recover — if only because people like cheap fares.

3 days ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

3 days ago

Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Event Planning  — Meetings Innovation Report

Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Event Planning — Meetings Innovation Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

Will there ever be a day when last-minute event or meeting RSVPs are a thing of the past? Probably not.

3 days ago