Articles tagged “attractions”

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Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

As part of its "connected trip" and loyalty strategy, Booking Holdings argued it can convince hotels and other partners to offer up substantial discounts and perks, and this would spur incremental bookings. But do hotels really want to be a cog in building the Booking.com brand?

Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

Tourism

Hornblower’s Private Equity Backers Help It Grow Travel Experience Ambitions

Hornblower's private equity investor Crestview kept the faith in the experiences operator during the pandemic. Now the investor is supporting a global mergers and acquisitions strategy that could amp up the company's momentum.

Hornblower’s Private Equity Backers Help It Grow Travel Experience Ambitions

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The Tripadvisor Earnings Call That Became a Sales Pitch for Viator

Whether it is hotel-like commission levels on the online travel agencies, new product features, or market share gains, Tripadvisor was unabashedly selling the virtues of a Viator IPO — or deal. It's not a winner-take-all market, but rivals have narrowed any competitive gap.

The Tripadvisor Earnings Call That Became a Sales Pitch for Viator

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Google’s Ticketing for Attractions Off to Rough Start

Google's attractions ticket beta has been among its least elegant in travel to date. This has angered many tour operators because it couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.

Google’s Ticketing for Attractions Off to Rough Start

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Google Launches Attractions Tickets Globally on Mobile

Eventually, Google's new Tickets feature may turn out to be one of the most important developments in a long time for the tours and activities sector. Google will certainly move to monetize the feature with paid ads, and it will ultimately expand to tours, and other products, too.

Google Launches Attractions Tickets Globally on Mobile

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Google to End Tours and Activities Booking Next Month

Google's retreat in tours and activities booking services doesn't mean Google is becoming less powerful in travel. It's part of Google's strategy to wrangle consistency across its products in offering a combination of advertisements and free listings to gain an even wider audience.

Google to End Tours and Activities Booking Next Month

Tourism

U.S. Amusement Parks Make a Long-Term Bet on Season Passes After Standstill Year

The pandemic slammed revenue at amusement parks, but it was a one-off problem. Looking ahead, operators must market the appeal of season passes to help cope with flatlining attendance.

U.S. Amusement Parks Make a Long-Term Bet on Season Passes After Standstill Year

Tourism

Disney World and Other U.S. Theme Parks Update Mask Rules

Masks off! Visitors to Disney and SeaWorld amusement parks in the U.S. will like the fresh air of relaxed rules under many circumstances.

Disney World and Other U.S. Theme Parks Update Mask Rules

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How to Sell a Tours and Travel Experiences Company During a Pandemic

Hornblower's acquisition of Walks and Lindblad's takeover of DuVine are great case studies. They show how young companies can land well even in times of crisis. The lessons ought to resonate across the travel sector.

How to Sell a Tours and Travel Experiences Company During a Pandemic

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Trivago Wants to Stay Engaged With Travelers Well After They Book Trips

There are no guarantees that Trivago will succeed in transforming itself, broadening its offerings to travelers, and becoming different enough from rivals to ensure its viability. But sitting still and not trying new things wasn't an option, either.

Trivago Wants to Stay Engaged With Travelers Well After They Book Trips