Articles tagged “gateway”

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

Raini Hamdi, Skift

TripAdvisor has expanded its food delivery service outside the U.S. and Canada, part of its strategy to grow non-hotel revenues. More travelers can chow on crisp-fried shrimp paste chicken comfortably in their rooms. Hotels have no choice but to say bon appetit.

2 weeks ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

4 weeks ago

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The death of a young American illustrates the continuing risk for niche operators committed to taking travelers to remote and risky parts of the world, including North Korea. They’re called risky for a reason.

1 month ago

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After kissing TUI goodbye, Intrepid Group has a new adventure -- to be a company with $1 billion in revenue. With experiential travel being the buzzword, and having incorporated lessons from TUI into the company, it may achieve the goal sooner than five years.

3 months ago

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The Great Wall of China doesn’t need Hollywood to remain one of the world’s wonders. But stampedes of Chinese tourists still threaten an edifice that northern armies failed to conquer.

3 months ago

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Thomas Cook India’s acquisition of Kuoni’s network of destination management companies is a story of how an Indian company becomes a global player overnight. There are also deep wounds about how a global company like Kuoni could end up being broken, literally, to pieces.

3 months ago

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” as the number of Chinese individual travelers rose last year while overall arrivals dropped. Tactics aim to be as precise as a Swiss watch; other destinations it competes with for longhaul Chinese travelers, including the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, should take note.

4 months ago

Tourism Flow to Victoria Falls Draws Flights and Lodging Investments

Tourism Flow to Victoria Falls Draws Flights and Lodging Investments

Richard Holmes, Skift

For tourism operators surrounding Victoria Falls, the fabled Zambezi river god Nyami Nyami appears to be smiling on them at last. After years in the tourism wilderness, the tide has turned and business is booming in the northern reaches of Zimbabwe.

5 months ago

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Will Accor-Banyan Tree be the model for Asian hotel groups to grow globally without losing their independence and brand value? The devil may be in the execution. Hoteliers are watching how this works out and many believe it could be tough-going.

5 months ago

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Richard Holmes, Skift

While many African carriers are struggling to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit, Ethiopian Airlines is firmly in the black and planning aggressive expansion. The magic formula? The right aircraft and routes, and a government that lets the experts get on with it.

5 months ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

5 months ago

Asia Low-Cost Carrier Alliance Needs to Prove Its Benefits or ‘Die’

Asia Low-Cost Carrier Alliance Needs to Prove Its Benefits or ‘Die’

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Making history as the world’s first low-cost carrier alliance is one thing. Will history judge the U-FLY alliance, comprising five LCCs in North Asia, as a game-changer that’s able to get fiercely independent players to work together?

6 months ago