Articles tagged “tours and activities”

Event Booking App YPlan Raised $38 Million But Was Sold For Just $3 Million

Another app-based start-up has failed to live up to the hype. And we're still waiting for a company in the tours and activities field to translate marketing buzz into a scalable and profitable business.

1 day ago

TripAdvisor Stops Booking Activities With Captive Animals and Endangered Species

We expect there will be a lot of appeals — and that tourists who really want to swim with dolphins will just book that experience in another way. But TripAdvisor is trying to address a big issue, evolving issue in a measured, thoughtful way.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer Defiantly Vows to Stay Committed to Instant Booking

Two headlines here: TripAdvisor CEO remains adamantly committed to Instant Booking -- and he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He's still excited about his gig.

4 weeks ago

New Google Trips Mobile App Uses Gmail to Source Reservations, Recommendations

Google already had Google Maps when it added Google Flights in 2011 and later hotel metasearch and booking. With the launches of a destinations app, which pairs flight and hotel bookings, in 2015, and now the Google Trips app for organizing reservations and making tours and activities recommendations, Google's travel business is slowly, if steadily, becoming pervasive. Google can afford to bide its time -- it is, after all, Google.

1 month ago

Airbnb Buys Spanish Tours and Activities Startup Trip4Real

Airbnb certainly didn't acquire Trip4real for its user base, which is small, but the move highlights Airbnb's intent to enhance the experiences of guests by giving them opportunity to hook up with local guides especially as hosts get more corporate. In addition, Barcelona authorities have taken a tough stance against Airbnb and having local ties through acquisition could engender a degree of goodwill.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.

2 months ago

Airbnb Tests Standalone Guide and Restaurants App

Airbnb is going to be a player in local activities and possibly restaurant reservations, both of which are a focus of its new -- and still unreleased -- app. Google aims to get more involved as well.

2 months ago

Attractions Were a Bright Spot in TripAdvisor’s Tough 2nd Quarter

TripAdvisor took a beating in the second quarter, but its growing tours and activities sector is showing strength as the company tries to become all things to all travelers.

2 months ago

Peek Raises $10 Million, JetBlue Invests in Ride-Sharing in Travel Startup Funding This Week

Peek boasts that it provides a great booking experience on both desktop and mobile devices, which at this stage in the game is a must if tours and activities platforms hope to keep pace with consumer demands and behavior.

3 months ago

New Skift Monthly Series: Voices From the Front Lines of Travel

If hospitality is what travel businesses are built on, how hospitable do the front line employees feel about their work? In this new series we reveal just that.

4 months ago

Adventure.com Failed But What Did It Do Right and Wrong?

Adventure.com gambled on charging a 20 percent fee to guides, which was considerably higher than the going rate. Unanswered is whether the peer to peer concept in tours and activities really is viable on a large-scale basis.

4 months ago

Tour Platform Zozi Offered to Acquire Zerve for $6 Million After Shutdown Announcement

Zerve investors obviously determined that any acquisition offers that emerged weren't in their best interests but at least now it's certain that there was at least one concrete buyout offer, if not others, out there.

4 months ago