Articles tagged “amazon”

IHG CEO: Amazon Is a Threat to Online Travel Agencies, Not Hotels

IHG CEO: Amazon Is a Threat to Online Travel Agencies, Not Hotels

Deanna Ting, Skift

IHG CEO Keith Barr’s take on how we’ll be using technology now and in the future is both contrarian and perhaps more pragmatic than the views of some of his travel industry peers.

1 week ago

Expedia’s Hotel Boss on Becoming a Global Platform

Expedia’s Hotel Boss on Becoming a Global Platform

Deanna Ting, Skift

We still think there's a pretty good chance that we'll see Expedia-branded hotels in the near future if not sooner.

3 weeks ago

Skift Podcast: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Skift Podcast: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in for an expert take on how Amazon has already dabbled in travel and how the retail giant might return.

4 weeks ago

Amazon and the Future of Business Travel

Amazon and the Future of Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As Amazon pushes into hospitality, a battle will take place over who owns the business traveler's wallet. Travel managers will have to deal with Amazon and hotel loyalty programs pushing travelers to spend more on their platforms. Ubiquitous voice-powered travel booking, though, remains a distant reality.

1 month ago

Amazon’s Alexa for Business Travel Doesn’t Compute Right Now

Amazon’s Alexa for Business Travel Doesn’t Compute Right Now

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The big global travel management companies have pivoted to become more like technology companies in recent years. Despite the usual bromides about innovation and user experience, they're unlikely to invest in voice-powered automation right now. Personalization needs to come first.

1 month ago

Skift Call July 10: The Amazon Factor

Skift Call July 10: The Amazon Factor

Tom Lowry, Skift

Nothing quite gets the attention of travel executives these days like the mere mention of Amazon. Will it get in? Will it stay on the sidelines? We'll explore all the implications on Tuesday, July 10 at 1 p.m. EST on a Skift Call. Please join us for this all-important discussion.

1 month ago

Amazon, Group Travel, and Loyalty: 3 Charts From Our Skift Research Reports

Amazon, Group Travel, and Loyalty: 3 Charts From Our Skift Research Reports

Haixia Wang, Skift

Amazon is posing a threat. Chinese tourists are spotted everywhere and the loyalty war is getting ever more intense. Common threads? It's a disruptive phase for travel that requires nimble strategies.

1 month ago

The Quick Descent of Surf Air

The Quick Descent of Surf Air

Grant Martin, Skift

Subscription-based Surf Air's troubles make us question whether the traditional model of airlines and fare pricing can ever be disrupted.

2 months ago

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Disruption in the travel industry is a universal constant, and we can certainly expect Amazon and Google to continue that tradition. An even more interesting question to ask ourselves for the moment: Why aren't Google and Apple doing more to get their smart devices into hotel rooms like Amazon is?

2 months ago

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Deanna Ting, Skift

The next big questions hoteliers might soon be asking themselves: "Alexa, how do I make sure you recommend my hotels when they ask you where they want to stay?" Or, on the flip side: "Why did I invest so much into the modern-day version of the iPod docking station?"

2 months ago

4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice, and Amazon

4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice, and Amazon

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What do Amazon's Alexa, personalization, and the tech arms race have in common? They were common refrains overheard this week at our inaugural Skift Tech Forum in Silicon Valley.

2 months ago

Marriott CEO on Tech Giants: ‘We Are in an Absolute War for Who Owns the Customer’

Marriott CEO on Tech Giants: ‘We Are in an Absolute War for Who Owns the Customer’

Deanna Ting, Skift

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, along with his fellow hotel CEOs are right: It's not the "disruptors" like Airbnb that are the biggest threat, but the already established tech giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Alibaba, and others that are the real competition for the hotel industry.

2 months ago