Articles tagged “tour operators”

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.

6 days 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

Oyo Taps Hotelbeds to Increase Travel Distribution

Oyo Taps Hotelbeds to Increase Travel Distribution

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Oyo has had plenty of success in its home market of India going direct to consumers, but if it’s to continue its global expansion plans it needs more routes to market.

3 months ago

Adventure Travel Specialists Take Customers Beyond the Beach

Adventure Travel Specialists Take Customers Beyond the Beach

Paul Biasco, Skift

Adventure travel is a booming niche that many agencies would be wise to take on. Given the trends for retirees to live longer and healthier lives and for millennials to search for unique experiences, this segment of the travel market is just getting started.

4 months ago

TUI Group Sells Its Only Non-Charter Airline

TUI Group Sells Its Only Non-Charter Airline

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI's charter airlines remain an essential part of the overall tourism business, but Corsair has never been a good fit. The German tourism giant has tried to sell the carrier before and has finally found a buyer.

4 months ago

Luxury Tour Operators Expand Into Wellness to Meet New Demand

Luxury Tour Operators Expand Into Wellness to Meet New Demand

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Luxury tour operators have incredible advantages over wellness industry competitors in crafting dynamic, immersive wellness-first travel experiences. However, they must adapt to this new market quickly to avoid stagnation in crafting luxury that is better-suited to past generations.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago