Articles tagged “experiences”

Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise

Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise

Paul Biasco, Skift

Cuts to the Mexico Tourism Board are having an immediate impact on local operators in some of the country's most popular tourist destinations. A lack of marketing resources is especially difficult for some of the country’s smallest and often most alluring places.

3 hours ago

GetYourGuide’s New $484 Million Infusion May Force Consolidation in Travel Experiences

GetYourGuide’s New $484 Million Infusion May Force Consolidation in Travel Experiences

Sean O'Neill, Skift

SoftBank has upended the sales of tours and attractions by investing record-breaking sums in GetYourGuide and Klook. That's boosted valuations to such lofty levels that it may leave only a few options: Merge or go public.

5 days ago

Booking Drops Hotel Requirement to Book Tours and Activities

Booking Drops Hotel Requirement to Book Tours and Activities

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com's hotel focus has given way to a strategy to serve travelers at every portion of the trip. TripAdvisor already does it, Expedia too. Airbnb is on that full-service road. So Booking.com will have plenty of company.

6 days ago

TripAdvisor Reveals Some of Its Tactics in Growing Experiences

TripAdvisor Reveals Some of Its Tactics in Growing Experiences

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor's key tactics to grow its tours and activities business include the discounting of some products for consumers, practically giving away a reservation system to operators, and rolling out a brand marketing campaign this year. The company talks like it's in it to win it.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Reveals Details on Experiences and Restaurants Growth

TripAdvisor Reveals Details on Experiences and Restaurants Growth

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor's greater transparency in its financial reporting is to be applauded, showing its investment in growing units. But the stuttering of its legacy businesses is notable, too.

2 weeks ago

Deadline Extended: Enter the 2019 Skift Design Awards

Deadline Extended: Enter the 2019 Skift Design Awards

Rafat Ali, Skift

The early submission deadline for the 2019 Skift Design Awards has been extended to May 17. Claim your spot as an industry innovator now!

2 weeks ago

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Honesty is the best policy. Even if it clashes with a nice FareHarbor bootstrapping story that seemed too good to be true.

4 weeks ago

Submissions Now Open: Introducing the Skift Design Awards 2019

Submissions Now Open: Introducing the Skift Design Awards 2019

Rafat Ali, Skift

Brands that make life more seamless or more fulfilling win the long-term journey for loyal customers. This is accomplished through intentional design of built environments, digital services, and experiences, and that's what Skift Design Awards will uncover and recognize. Submissions are now open!

3 months ago

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This California Destination Is on the Forefront of Innovative Meetings and Events

This California Destination Is on the Forefront of Innovative Meetings and Events

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau + Skift

Scientific research has proved the connection between inspirational environments and forward thinking ideas. No wonder visionary meeting planners have embraced Monterey County, where a history of innovation and scenic landscapes collide.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Places Big Bets on Experience Bookers Rather Than Hotel Shoppers

TripAdvisor Places Big Bets on Experience Bookers Rather Than Hotel Shoppers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor is leveraging its strengths — tours and activities, and restaurants — where it has leadership positions rather than choosing to devote the bulk of its energies in the crowded field of hotels and alternative accommodations. It is a wise choice to differentiate rather than be a mere clone of its competitors.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Saw Experiences and Restaurants as Major Growth Contributors in 2018

TripAdvisor Saw Experiences and Restaurants as Major Growth Contributors in 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Fickle investors, meaning those without a long-range view, didn't necessarily appreciate the breadth of the TripAdvisor platform in the past. The company isn't the biggest player out there, but its strong positions in tours and activities, as well as restaurants, is injecting momentum.

3 months ago

Knowledge Is Now a Luxury Commodity

Knowledge Is Now a Luxury Commodity

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It makes sense for hotels to step up their cultural programming, and for a certain high-end guest, it will provide an extra incentive to book.

4 months ago