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RVShare Raises $50 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

RVShare Raises $50 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Dan Peltier, Skift

Road trips remain incredibly popular in many parts of the world and are a great way to get off the beaten path. RVShare's new CEO, an ex-HomeAway executive, is likely looking to capture more than the sliver of the market it currently has.

13 hours ago

Personalization Is the Next Big Step in Corporate Travel

Personalization Is the Next Big Step in Corporate Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The foundational work is being done to help corporate travel catch up to online travel in terms of booking technology and service delivery, although no one is really sure when the foundational work will end.

14 hours ago

Norwegian Cruise CEO Is Getting Bigger Spenders On Board

Norwegian Cruise CEO Is Getting Bigger Spenders On Board

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The cruise industry has long boasted of its value compared to land vacations. But Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is notably not emphasizing low prices. It is instead working to get passengers to spend more on tickets, shore excursions, and onboard extras.

18 hours ago

Airlines May Want Higher Fuel Prices Despite How Contrarian That Seems

Airlines May Want Higher Fuel Prices Despite How Contrarian That Seems

Brian Sumers, Skift

If fuel prices rise considerably, airfares will need to increase as well, so this would be bad for consumers. But investors might cheer.

19 hours ago

Airbnb Plus and Everything CEO Brian Chesky Just Announced

Airbnb Plus and Everything CEO Brian Chesky Just Announced

Deanna Ting, Skift

To be honest, we weren't very surprised by Thursday's launches. In fact, we wondered why they haven't been launched sooner. But for the most part, all of them certainly seem in step with Airbnb's plans for being much more than just about any other travel brand or company out there.

23 hours ago

Corporate Travel Agencies Build for a More Complex Future

Corporate Travel Agencies Build for a More Complex Future

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Even big travel management companies, which usually resist change, are planning ahead to better anticipate traveler and travel manager needs. No one's quite sure when this more connected and insightful future will arrive, though.

1 day ago

Meeting Planners Face a Daunting Challenge in Rising Food and Beverage Costs

Meeting Planners Face a Daunting Challenge in Rising Food and Beverage Costs

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Spending as a result of U.S. meetings and events has steadily increased since 2009, and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon, according to new research. Spending on food and beverage likewise isn't easing up at all.

2 days ago

United Reboots Its Polaris Business Class With a Focus on Consistency

United Reboots Its Polaris Business Class With a Focus on Consistency

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines overpromised with its Polaris business class. Instead of rethinking business class, it should have focused on providing a simple and consistent product.

2 days ago

Getting Hotels and Meeting Planners to Play Nice With One Another

Getting Hotels and Meeting Planners to Play Nice With One Another

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Dated hotel distribution technology is holding back both meeting planners and hotel revenue managers. As new platforms and tools emerge, it will be interesting to see which major chains end up developing the most forward-looking attitudes toward selling event space in new ways.

2 days ago

AccorHotels Wants to Accelerate Its Buying Spree in 2018

AccorHotels Wants to Accelerate Its Buying Spree in 2018

Patrick Whyte, Skift

AccorHotels' acquisitions over the last couple of years aren't money makers yet but that's not to say they never will be. CEO Sébastien Bazin is still intent on playing a very different game than the other big hotel companies.

2 days ago

Rezidor Hotel Group Defends Its Performance as Profits Fall

Rezidor Hotel Group Defends Its Performance as Profits Fall

Brian Sumers, Skift

Rezidor Hotel Group's fourth quarter earnings call was a snoozer until one Norwegian newspaper reporter decided to call b.s. on the company. That made for an interesting exchange.

2 days ago

Social Tables CEO on Breaking Down Barriers for Meeting Planners

Social Tables CEO on Breaking Down Barriers for Meeting Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A lot of work needs to be done to improve the ability of hotels to sell to planners on smarter and more efficient ways. A variety of event technology companies are working on it, but the process of building trust among stakeholders will likely take some time.

2 days ago