Articles tagged “tour operators”

TUI Group Turns Toward Online Bookings as It Revamps Its Business

TUI Group Turns Toward Online Bookings as It Revamps Its Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It turns out TUI isn't immune to the challenges the rest of the European travel market is facing.

4 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Premium Mediocre Goes Mainstream

Travel Megatrends 2019: Premium Mediocre Goes Mainstream

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite what the name might suggest, premium mediocre isn’t necessarily something bad. It’s just that after a while consumers are going to cotton on to the fact that simply adding avocado to every meal doesn’t always make it more luxurious.

3 weeks ago

Why Are So Many South Korean Travel Agencies Closing?

Why Are So Many South Korean Travel Agencies Closing?

Youjin Lee, Skift

Korean tour agencies got a harsh wakeup call last year. This year, they must prove they have a reason to exist alongside foreign online travel agencies and booming travel startups.

1 month ago

Hispanic and Asian Travelers Can Play to Travel Advisor Strengths

Hispanic and Asian Travelers Can Play to Travel Advisor Strengths

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel Advisors seeking to grow their clientele can't afford to ignore the growing diversity of U.S. travelers. In particular, Hispanic and Asian communities are increasingly wielding considerable economic impact.

1 month ago

What Went Wrong at Thomas Cook in 2018?

What Went Wrong at Thomas Cook in 2018?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook might have been a victim of circumstance but it probably hasn't helped itself. It is caught between the asset-heavy approach of TUI and smaller, more nimble online rivals. It needs to get its house in order to ensure it doesn't keep repeating the same mistakes.

2 months ago

Agents and Tour Operators See a Surge of Interest in Egypt

Agents and Tour Operators See a Surge of Interest in Egypt

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With little unrest in recent years, tourism demand for Egypt is making a big comeback. Tour operators are beefing up offerings and agents are seeing renewed interest among clients.

2 months ago

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI seems to have mitigated the potential damage from a challenging operating environment. It will be interesting to see how it sustains its growth over the coming years.

2 months ago

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Paul Biasco, Skift

Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel.

3 months ago

Struggling Thomas Cook Warns on Profits — Again

Struggling Thomas Cook Warns on Profits — Again

Christopher Jasper and Anthony Palazzo, Bloomberg

The drip, drip feed of bad news continues for Thomas Cook. You've got to worry for the company given Brexit is just around the corner.

3 months ago

Brexit Dampens UK Airline Jet2’s Optimism

Brexit Dampens UK Airline Jet2’s Optimism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Jet2 has big ambitions for its leisure travel division and Brexit, plus other factors, have the potential to derail things. It makes planning for the future very difficult.

3 months ago

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

4 months ago

Botched Summer Travel Forecast Costs Thomas Cook’s Finance Chief His Job

Botched Summer Travel Forecast Costs Thomas Cook’s Finance Chief His Job

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The summer is officially over but the steamy stretch in Europe is still being felt in the travel sector. Tour operator Thomas Cook lowered forecasts and pushed out its CFO, all because people chose to stay put this summer.

5 months ago