Articles tagged “latin america”

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Iberostar Ups Stake in Almundo for Online Travel Agency Push in Latin America

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The conventional wisdom has been that the online travel market in Latin America will narrow down to a fight between Expedia-supported Despegar and global brands like Booking.com. But Almundo, thanks to backing from Iberostar, might put up a meaningful fight.

1 month ago

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Despegar Aims to Be Less Dependent on Argentina’s Travel Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

No one saw that Argentina's economy would take such a bad turn this year. But Despegar, based in Buenos Aires, is making moves to weather the storm after its market valuation has been slashed in half.

1 month ago

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American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is looking south with its new and expanded routes to destinations in Latin America, further securing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the region.

2 months ago

Latin America Meeting Planners Focus on Experience Creation

Latin America Meeting Planners Focus on Experience Creation

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Latin American event planners think that technology will become vital to their efforts in the future. They also know that crafting memorable experiences is necessary to proving the true value of an event to stakeholders.

3 months ago

MakeMyTrip and Despegar Make Localization a Key Competitive Advantage

MakeMyTrip and Despegar Make Localization a Key Competitive Advantage

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Does Expedia or Booking have the energy to launch their booking apps in four local Indian dialects? Maybe not, but MakeMyTrip does, and that local effort matters.

3 months ago

What Online Travel Can Learn From India and Latin America: New Skift Research

What Online Travel Can Learn From India and Latin America: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Emerging markets will shape the future of the travel industry but each region requires a unique strategy. MakeMyTrip and Despegar, online travel leaders in India and Latin America, provide distinct insights into how to succeed their respective home markets.

3 months ago

Mandarin Oriental Picks Chile’s Hot Hotel Market For First South American Property

Mandarin Oriental Picks Chile’s Hot Hotel Market For First South American Property

Eduardo Thomson, Bloomberg

Going with the safer bet is probably a good idea if it's a hotel’s first time setting up shop on a continent, especially if you're a luxury hotel company like Mandarin Oriental.

4 months ago

Copa Airlines’ Rebound May Depend on a Latin American Turnaround

Copa Airlines’ Rebound May Depend on a Latin American Turnaround

Brian Sumers, Skift

Someday Latin American economies will boom again, and the region's airlines will be big investor favorites. But until then, investors may remain wary of companies like Panama's Copa Airlines.

4 months ago

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Dan Peltier, Skift

Do travelers care more about cheaper airfares or not having to schlep to a consulate, pay for a visa, and wait weeks or months for it to arrive? Many travel brands would say visa waivers are more important, and many travelers would agree. The U.S. doesn't seem to be in the business lately of making it easier for travelers to visit, visa waiver program aside.

9 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Luke Bujarski , Skift

Latin America’s tourist destinations have excelled at nation branding by creating vibrant and colorful content to entice travelers. In 2018, the region’s tourism offices will get more savvy with their digital marketing efforts as the visitor economy grows in importance.

10 months ago

Latin America Travel Unicorn Despegar Is Hunting but Could Be Hunted Too

Latin America Travel Unicorn Despegar Is Hunting but Could Be Hunted Too

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The biggest online travel story in Latin America in 2017 was Despegar's IPO. The Expedia-backed booking site raised $332 million to fund its expansion. The company has hinted that it is likely to use some of the cash to make an acquisition in 2018.

12 months ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

1 year ago