Articles tagged “experiences”

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!

2 weeks 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 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Brands Give Travelers More Control Over Their Experience

Travel Megatrends 2019: Brands Give Travelers More Control Over Their Experience

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Creation is the new consumption, as travelers weary of commodity travel seek to have a more active role in curating their experiences, and digital platforms more seamlessly mediate in-trip discovery, increasing the opportunity for serendipity.

2 months ago

Luxury Concierges Help the Super Rich Grab Elite Experiences

Luxury Concierges Help the Super Rich Grab Elite Experiences

Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg

If your net worth is about $50 million — the supposed average net worth of members of luxury concierge service Quintessentially — you too can have some unique travel experiences. This shows how the "experiences" trend is becoming fairly pervasive in different shapes and forms, and for a variety of income levels.

2 months ago

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New Science Says Meeting Planners Should Embrace Unorthodox Venues and Experiences

New Science Says Meeting Planners Should Embrace Unorthodox Venues and Experiences

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau + Skift

New scientific research links getting out of your comfort zone with increased creativity. For meeting planners looking for the next big thing, that means smaller-scale venues and unexpected destinations should be top of mind.

3 months ago

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Windstar Eyes the Future of Cruising With a Major Renovation Project

Windstar Eyes the Future of Cruising With a Major Renovation Project

Windstar Cruises + Skift

Travel providers need to step up the experiences they offer to compete in an increasingly crowded market –– and those in the cruise sector are no exception. With the recent announcement that it’s overhauling three of its ships, Windstar Cruises is one example of a cruise brand that realizes this.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Reduced Its Google Spend But Will Expand TV Advertising

TripAdvisor Reduced Its Google Spend But Will Expand TV Advertising

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google officials aren't losing any sleep over TripAdvisor spending a few million dollars less on paid search, but TripAdvisor's pullback, as well as similar moves by other large travel players, symbolizes a changing advertising climate and a long-term challenge.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor’s Experiences and Restaurants Businesses Outpace Vacation Rentals

TripAdvisor’s Experiences and Restaurants Businesses Outpace Vacation Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor faces a quandary: It needs to have an alternative accommodations business to round out its hotel offerings, but rentals revenue declined and slowed the otherwise-positive trajectory of its non-hotels segment. While TripAdvisor is a market leader in experiences and restaurants, its rentals business is muddying up the works.

4 months ago

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Hospitality in 2018: Travelers Still Want Unique Accommodations and New Experiences

Hospitality in 2018: Travelers Still Want Unique Accommodations and New Experiences

Airbnb + Skift

Travelers are prioritizing experiences that can teach them something new and open their eyes –– meaning that hospitality brands and accommodations need to shift how they attract and appeal to guests.

5 months ago