Articles tagged “attractions”

Pandemic May Revive Fortunes of Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Travel Content in a Few Niches

Pandemic May Revive Fortunes of Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Travel Content in a Few Niches

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Virtual reality has been the next big thing for years, and it always will be. But despite skepticism, the technology shows a potential to help the travel sector in a few specific, high margin cases.

5 days ago

Booking.com Terminates Contracts With Tours and Attractions Operators

Booking.com Terminates Contracts With Tours and Attractions Operators

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TUI/Musement's new strategic partnership with Booking.com has the potential to reshuffle the powers that be in tours and activities, especially in Europe. But TUI doesn't have a stellar track record in online offerings, and much of the promise will depend on its execution.

3 weeks ago

Vatican Museums Reopen With the Rare Appeal of Limited Crowds

Vatican Museums Reopen With the Rare Appeal of Limited Crowds

Philip Pullella, Reuters

Before the crisis, if you've wanted to see the galleries at the papal palace in Rome without the herds of other visitors, you've had to pay about $350 or more for an after-hours tour. But now all it takes is a standard admission ticket of $19 (€17) for Italian residents.

1 month ago

The Case for Why Airbnb’s Foray Into Experiences Is a Fundamental Mistake

The Case for Why Airbnb’s Foray Into Experiences Is a Fundamental Mistake

Carl Shepherd, Skift

It is highly risky for Airbnb to pivot to compete directly as an online travel agency, and it needs to seriously think about whether its sharing model truly extends to the activity, experience provider because in reality it doesn't.

2 months ago

Booking.com’s Challenges With Tours and Activities Lead to Musement Partnership

Booking.com’s Challenges With Tours and Activities Lead to Musement Partnership

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Whether building tours and activities or vacation rentals, acquiring companies soon find out that this stuff isn't as easy as it looked. From confidential internal documents obtained by Skift, it's clear Booking.com found out that scaling experiences on its own wouldn't be a cakewalk, and it's turning to Musement to kick off a preferred partnership strategy instead.

4 months ago

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Low-Tech Achilles’ Heel of Tours and Attractions in Asia

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Low-Tech Achilles’ Heel of Tours and Attractions in Asia

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

For many players in Asia’s tours and activities space, dealing with mounting coronavirus cancellations is proving to be a pain point without the aid of robust technology systems in place. This crisis will be a sharp reminder that digitalization is the way to go.

5 months ago

SeaWorld Settles Lawsuit After Misleading Investors Following Blackfish Fiasco

SeaWorld Settles Lawsuit After Misleading Investors Following Blackfish Fiasco

Associated Press

SeaWorld has bounced back after a tough few years following the brutal Blackfish documentary. Putting this lawsuit to bed will help the company really move past the scandal.

5 months ago

Tripadvisor Takes Greater Pricing Control Over Tours and Activities

Tripadvisor Takes Greater Pricing Control Over Tours and Activities

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Tripadvisor is trying to squeeze more revenue and profits out of its newly restructured tours and activities business. There's a danger, though, that well-funded rivals might undercut Tripadvisor's efforts.

5 months ago

The Battle Over Tours and Activities Reservation Systems Rages On

The Battle Over Tours and Activities Reservation Systems Rages On

Sean O'Neill, Skift

FareHarbor and Bokun act as if they're unstoppably on the way to becoming giants. But the market for booking systems for sightseeing and experience operators remains very much in flux.

8 months ago

Airbnb to Shuffle the Leadership of Experiences Business at Critical Juncture

Airbnb to Shuffle the Leadership of Experiences Business at Critical Juncture

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is everything on target in the evolution of Airbnb's Experiences business? It's clearly not profitable yet after three years, and the leadership change at the top signals problems. That doesn't mean it's fatally flawed although this isn't precisely the portrait you want to paint on the cusp of Airbnb going public next year.

9 months ago

TripAdvisor Exec Accuses GetYourGuide of Fear-Mongering

TripAdvisor Exec Accuses GetYourGuide of Fear-Mongering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor and Booking Holdings are seemingly playing nice and fair with the tours and activities companies for now, but what happens five years from now when competition gets more intense and extracting profits is more of a mandate? Will push come to shove?

11 months ago

Expedia CEO Admits Tours Business Is Underfunded

Expedia CEO Admits Tours Business Is Underfunded

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia and Ctrip are the two large online travel companies that have so far not acquired a technology partner to foster the growth of their tours and activities' businesses. GetYourGuide argues that these tech/connectivity companies should remain independent, but how long will it be before some of these smaller companies get scooped up?

11 months ago