New Skift Trends Report: Digital Payments in Travel 2016

The global digital payments ecosystem is undergoing a rapid and monumental shift; smart travel brands need to stay on top of the shifts in how we pay for goods and services.

TrustYou Acquires Hotel-Messaging Platform CheckMate

We don't know the terms of the transaction. Still, messaging, mobile and review analytics all make for a nice concoction and the two companies will likely be better for the mixture.

New Skift Data Deck: The Forces Shaping Business Travel

The Forces Shaping Business Travel Data Deck paints a picture of the business travel landscape and the trends impacting the business traveler of the future through a curation of charts, stats, and data. Download this data deck for free!

Stayful Rolls Out Clever Mobile Business Model to Onboard Boutique Hotels

Stayful is counting on boutique and independent hotels giving up some control in exchange for free mobile services and incremental revenue. Free has a track record of working although properties will have to consider the tradeoffs.

Make Way For Hospitality’s Deskless Employee

As hospitality businesses struggle to create operational efficiencies, many look to tech to help hotel staff ditch the desk.

CEO Interview: Paul English on Going Mobile-Only in Travel Booking

English envisions a travel booking experience where users can simply talk to their phone and have the perfect trip planned for them. Questions remain, however, about how exactly Lola's technology will enable customer service professionals to become indistinguishable from experienced travel agents.

TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking Bet Looks Ugly Right Now

TripAdvisor continues to labor to transform its business from a media/advertising model toward a booking site -- under the glare of all-too-often impatient pundits and investors. The big decline in its revenue per hotel shopper, meanwhile, is likely a temporary hurdle but TripAdvisor management still has a helluva lot to prove.

Hilton Launches a New Video Ad Campaign to Push Direct Bookings

Many travel and tourism brands are harnessing the power of 360-degree video to inspire travelers, but this is the first time we've seen it used to convert direct bookings. It'll be interesting to see the results of this campaign by the end of this year.

Exclusive: Kayak to Launch Restaurants, Tours and Activities Comparison-Shopping Features

Engineering geeks like big, tough problems and the coders at Kayak are attempting to take on the challenges of comparing diverse restaurants in a city and also the attributes of this hop-on hop-off Beverly Hills tour versus a competitor's. And you thought comparing various flights with bag fees was tough?

Lola Attracts $8 Million in New Funding and Adds Online Travel Veterans to Board

Still-unproven Lola, the travel startup, has some online travel heavy hitters as co-founders, investors and board members. If the premise to involve human travel agents in trip-planning doesn't work out then the team can always pivot toward something else.