Articles tagged “tour operators”

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.

2 days ago

Tours and Experiences: The Next Great Untapped Market in Online Travel

Tours and Experiences: The Next Great Untapped Market in Online Travel

Dan Peltier and Andrew Sheivachman , Skift

Vacationers want to experience something new and are tired of the same old tours and activities. While global tour operators are baking more customization into their products, digital distribution is changing the way local operators do business.

1 week ago

How 260-Year-Old Cox & Kings Stayed Relevant

How 260-Year-Old Cox & Kings Stayed Relevant

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Cox & Kings remains at the forefront of luxury tourism — not bad for a company that began life in 1758.

2 weeks ago

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Cat Ferguson, Skift

Longevity doesn't automatically mean success. Cox & Kings has had to adapt to the needs of 21st-century tourists and the ever-changing travel market. That it's still around after 260 years is testament to its ability to reinvent itself.

2 weeks ago

Video: The Travel Corporation Sees Online Potential of Multi-Day Tours

Video: The Travel Corporation Sees Online Potential of Multi-Day Tours

Dan Peltier, Skift

It won't be a wave, but some consumers are warming up to the idea of booking a weeklong tour package online. The Travel Corporation sees more online travel agencies on the horizon and feels that consumer demand will cause these companies to cozy up.

3 weeks ago

Mixed Fortunes for European Tour Operators as Summer Season Begins

Mixed Fortunes for European Tour Operators as Summer Season Begins

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Periods of prolonged hot weather can hurt tour operators with potential customers staying at home or booking a domestic trip instead. However, it shouldn't be used as an excuse to mask other problems within a business.

3 months ago

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Forget millennials. It's their parents who have the money and time to sign up for luxury experiences around the globe. With the aid of digital communications, going alone no longer feels like tragedy but an asset.

3 months ago

EasyJet’s Packaged Vacation Push Won’t Be a Sure Thing

EasyJet’s Packaged Vacation Push Won’t Be a Sure Thing

Patrick Whyte, Skift

How seriously is EasyJet going to take the packaged vacations market? More seriously than it did before for sure, but enough to compete with the plethora of tour operators and online travel agencies out there? At this stage it's hard to tell.

4 months ago

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2017

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2017

Patrick Whyte, Skift

European travel CEOs are paid well by most standards — but not compared with their peers across the pond.

4 months ago

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook is desperate to shake off the impression that it's old fashioned and the 176-year-old travel company is trying different ways to make itself relevant to young travelers. Not every one will work but at least it is trying.

4 months ago

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Carlye Wisel and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

A regular vacation at Disney isn't cheap. But for those who want a more exclusive (and less crowded) experience, Adventures by Disney grants special access — for a hefty fee.

4 months ago

Tour Operators Are Selling Runners on Extreme Marathons in Picturesque Places

Tour Operators Are Selling Runners on Extreme Marathons in Picturesque Places

Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg

None of these 26.2-milers is run-of-the-mill, as travel companies and tourism boards see the potential of marketing adventure runs to amateur athletes seeking experience-based travel. Any takers for a running safari in Kenya?

5 months ago