AI in Travel

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the dominant topic of the future in travel, and we’re keeping a close eye on it at Skift.

Breakthrough generative AI technology was released publicly by OpenAI last November, and a number of big-name travel companies have already responded. Expedia, Kayak, and more — including multiple startups — have started releasing experimental technologies that could lead to transformations in the way users discover, plan, and book travel.

Skift’s own Ask Skift AI deep search tool gives readers extensive insight into the business of travel by training artificial intelligence on the complete archives of Skift, Skift Research, Airline Weekly, Skift Meetings, Daily Lodging Report, and Skift Live events.

Business Travel

TravelPerk Sees Corporate Travel Bouncing Back, But Not for All

TravelPerk, the business travel management startup, says corporate trip spending will regain 2019 levels by year-end. But not every company is along for the ride.

TravelPerk Sees Corporate Travel Bouncing Back, But Not for All

Travel Technology

Travel AI Strategies, Orient Express Revival and Thailand’s Scrapped Tourist Fee

Today's podcast looks at travel's relationship with AI, LVHM's new Orient Express push, and Thailand's change in fee plans.

Travel AI Strategies, Orient Express Revival and Thailand’s Scrapped Tourist Fee

Travel Technology

A Deep Dive Into Crafting a Data and AI Playbook in Travel

AI is only as good as the data that feeds it and the human ingenuity that drives it. This is not the time to retreat or watch from the sidelines. Travel has a narrow window of opportunity to engage, learn, and invest in data and AI. Teams playing the long game will benefit from the head start and drive innovation for the industry.

A Deep Dive Into Crafting a Data and AI Playbook in Travel

Short-Term Rentals

Skift Travel Podcast: Short-Term Rental Pendulum Swings Back Toward Homeowners

Executives speaking at the recent Skift Short-Term Rental Summit discussed a very wide variety of topics, and we talked about some of them in this week's episode of the Skift Travel Podcast.

Skift Travel Podcast: Short-Term Rental Pendulum Swings Back Toward Homeowners

Travel Technology

Apple’s Siri Is Getting Better AI. How That Works for Trip Planning

Generative AI is going directly into the iPhone. It helps with travel a little right now, but that's only the beginning.

Apple’s Siri Is Getting Better AI. How That Works for Trip Planning

Online Travel

Ixigo IPO Opens: CEOs Explain Timing and Smaller Listing Size

Wait-and-watch? Not anymore! Ixigo's CEOs tell Skift that they’re ready to dive into what they’re calling the "golden era" of online travel. With ideal market conditions for growth, the Indian OTA is moving forward with an IPO, aiming to use tech-driven customer experiences to strengthen its position.

Ixigo IPO Opens: CEOs Explain Timing and Smaller Listing Size

Airlines

United Wants to Personalize Your In-Flight Ads

United is launching its own media network that will use customer demographic data to create more targeted ads and content for passengers.

United Wants to Personalize Your In-Flight Ads

Startups

Travel Companies Push for Smoother Payments: Startup Funding Roundup

Consumers are pushing payments for travel into the digital age as they demand smoother options.

Travel Companies Push for Smoother Payments: Startup Funding Roundup

Short-Term Rentals

Where Evolve and Portoro Are Using Tech — And Where They’re Not

The CEOs of short-term rental managers Evolve and Portoro want high-tech businesses without losing human-led hospitality.

Where Evolve and Portoro Are Using Tech — And Where They’re Not

Hotels

Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy: Shift in Guest Preferences Sparks Rise in Non-Traditional Destinations

Marriott Homes & Villas saw growth to 160,000 homes and a 38% surge in international demand, combined with innovative use of generative AI for tailored guest experiences.

Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy: Shift in Guest Preferences Sparks Rise in Non-Traditional Destinations