Articles tagged “experiences”

Tourism

Tourists Ditch Shopping Sprees for Big Nights Out Since Pandemic

Bars, nightclubs, theme parks and museums will be the winners this summer. The "experience economy" is back.

Tourists Ditch Shopping Sprees for Big Nights Out Since Pandemic

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Hotel Recovery Lags Rivals

Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer said Tripadvisor is "uniquely positioned as the world opens up again." Actually it isn't, as the company's first quarter performance shows. Yes, Tripadvisor has world-class traffic, and growing experiences and dining businesses, but it totally missed out on the short-term rental opportunity.

Tripadvisor Hotel Recovery Lags Rivals

Tourism

Defining the New Chinese Tourist

Even as a McKinsey report deciphers key trends in China’s tourism market this year, the million-dollar question of when the world will get to welcome back Chinese tourists remains largely unanswered. That means a new type of Chinese tourist is opting for deeper local culture experiences.

Defining the New Chinese Tourist

Hotels

Hotels Get Creative With Experiences to Fill Void During Shoulder Seasons

Repurposing unused square footage to up the ante on experiential travel can give hotels the boost they need — especially during the off-season.

Hotels Get Creative With Experiences to Fill Void During Shoulder Seasons

Startups

Tours and Activities Go From Hardest Hit to In Hot Demand This Year: New Survey

Should operators of tours, activities, attractions, and experiences be raising their prices? Yes, says new data. What's more, this sector may sparkle the most among travel verticals in the industry's recovery.

Tours and Activities Go From Hardest Hit to  In Hot Demand This Year: New Survey

Online Travel

Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

Expedia Group stepped out of the pack and ceased offering travel to and from Russia because of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The company doesn't have a ton of Russia-related business, so even if the move is more symbolic than anything else, it is an important statement.

Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

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

Online Travel

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

Media and PR

Booking and Expedia Super Bowl Ads Underwhelm

Don't get us wrong: Expedia, Vrbo and Booking.com will all get mileage out of their in-game or pre-game Super Bowl ads. But they lack breakthrough potential.

Booking and Expedia Super Bowl Ads Underwhelm

Travel Technology

Online Travel Agencies to Tap Ticketmaster to Sell Live Events

Within a few months, online resellers such as Viator and GetYourGuide will offer U.S. concerts and sports at scale. Cross-selling will be a catchy melody in 2022.

Online Travel Agencies to Tap Ticketmaster to Sell Live Events