Articles tagged “tour operators”

Travel Advisors Stay Fresh on Trends as Demand Grows for Culinary Experiences

Travel Advisors Stay Fresh on Trends as Demand Grows for Culinary Experiences

Paul Biasco, Skift

Instagram and the influence of Anthony Bourdain turned travelers into culinary experience hunters. Travel advisors would be wise to stay on top of all the growing culinary travel trends.

3 weeks ago

Unpacking TUI’s New Hotel Strategy

Unpacking TUI’s New Hotel Strategy

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Not only is TUI making a big bet on its own branded hotels, it wants to try and get independent hotels onto its new digital platform. How many are really going to want to get involved, and might it be better to try to fix its underperforming tour operator division?

1 month ago

New Zealand Tourist Deaths Expose Liability Risks for Adventure Tourism

New Zealand Tourist Deaths Expose Liability Risks for Adventure Tourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

If tourists increasingly seek adventure when they travel, whose job is it to ensure they are adequately informed of the risks associated with doing so? It's a tough question to answer.

2 months ago

Saga Plays Long Game in Search for Cruise Nirvana

Saga Plays Long Game in Search for Cruise Nirvana

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Saga is making a big bet on cruising with its new ships and will be hoping that Brexit doesn't scupper its plans.

4 months ago

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Themed cruises are a fast-growing segment of the cruise industry with broad appeal. Although many are sold directly to consumers, travel advisors should get in on the action.

5 months ago

Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments escalating, tour operators report that some Americans are rethinking their travel plans. However travelers from other countries are undeterred, and interest in Iran continues to grow.

7 months ago

Airbnb Expands Experiences Into Multiday Adventures

Airbnb Expands Experiences Into Multiday Adventures

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Give Airbnb credit for sticking to its blueprint by offering Airbnb Adventures in its own image, avoiding typical mainstream expeditions. Whether this will develop into a reliable service and big business for the homesharing company will be proven on Colorado cliffs and at Galapagos coffee farms.

8 months ago

Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise

Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise

Paul Biasco, Skift

Cuts to the Mexico Tourism Board are having an immediate impact on local operators in some of the country's most popular tourist destinations. A lack of marketing resources is especially difficult for some of the country’s smallest and often most alluring places.

8 months ago

Lufthansa Confirms Bid for Thomas Cook’s Condor Airline

Lufthansa Confirms Bid for Thomas Cook’s Condor Airline

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The announcement comes as no surprise, given Lufthansa all but confirmed its interest in March. The cash would ease Thomas Cook's financial concerns and help it invest in its own brand hotels.

9 months ago

Canada’s Transat Is Latest Tour Operator to Put Itself Up for Sale

Canada’s Transat Is Latest Tour Operator to Put Itself Up for Sale

Sandrine Rastello, Bloomberg

Canadian tour operator Transat says multiple bidders have approached it, possibly including Air Canada or TUI. The news comes as Thomas Cook is rumored to be seeking suitors, too.

9 months ago

Thomas Cook CEO Pushes a Turnaround Plan, Dodges Takeover Chatter

Thomas Cook CEO Pushes a Turnaround Plan, Dodges Takeover Chatter

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Peter Fankhauser needs to act speedily to bolster Thomas Cook Group's resilience in the face of tumult in the packaged holiday segment. But the CEO is persuasive in arguing that he has a winning plan that's begun to show results.

9 months ago

U.S. Travel to Cuba Faces Tighter Restrictions on Non-Family Visits

U.S. Travel to Cuba Faces Tighter Restrictions on Non-Family Visits

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When the Trump administration took office in 2017, the popular wisdom was that it would eliminate U.S. travel to Cuba. The changes have turned out to be incremental, but now it appears that non-family travel to Cuba will be all but gone.

10 months ago