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TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.

IPO-Bound Trivago Is Growing Fast Because of Its Massive Marketing Spend

If Expedia is successful in turning its Trivago hotel-metasearch unit into a public company in 2016, it would be the second time Expedia has monetized an asset in such a way in five years. Expedia shareholders made a ton of money when Expedia spun out TripAdvisor in 2011.

Travel Brands’ Influencer Campaigns Still Hide Too Much Says the FTC

There are many travel brands that are seemingly in violation of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's new native ad guidelines on how to disclose when social media influencers were paid. Consumers appreciate brands more when they're transparent and develop deeper connections with influencers when they know what they truly support and enjoy when they're not being paid.

Want to Book an Airbnb ‘Room’ on a Plane? Lufthansa Makes It Possible

Give Lufthansa credit for an intriguing new promotion. But for passengers, this is not that great of a deal.

New Skift Trends Report: Decoding Use Cases for Virtual Reality in Travel

The opportunities in virtual reality for applications in travel marketing are very real. But targeting audiences and creating effective content for this nascent technology requires bold creativity and a deeper understanding of its limitations, channels, and learning from the mistakes of others.

Pokemon Go Is Already a Big Boon for Small Museums

Some small museums are noticing Pokemon Go players making their way through the doors but should also remember, like any craze, these players probably won't become repeat visitors.

Two Hospitality Brands, Two Different Virtual Reality Marketing Strategies

Although consumer access to virtual reality equipment is still fairly limited, these hospitality brands are leveraging the technology in novel ways, all in the hopes of telling new stories to their guests.

James Cameron Is New Zealand’s Latest Tourism Ambassador

James Cameron is the latest A-list celebrity to be hired for a major tourism campaign, and this one actually seems like a decent fit.

Watch This Free Webinar on Instagram Strategies for Travel Brands [Video]

With millions of photos shared by millions of users every day, Instagram has become one of the most effective marketing platforms for travel brands. Watch this free webinar recording to learn the winning strategies for Instagram and best practice case studies from across travel sectors.

SkiftEDU How-Tos: Our New Series on Travel Digital Marketing Tips

This How-To series is part of our continuing efforts to make Skift indispensable to the professional lives of marketers, strategists, and technologists in travel. Suggestions on topics welcome!