Articles tagged “tours and activities”

Asia Tours Startup Triip Adds Accommodations to Cope With Last-Minute Bookings

Asia Tours Startup Triip Adds Accommodations to Cope With Last-Minute Bookings

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Startup Triip is now doing the reverse of unicorn Airbnb: Triip is adding lodging to experiences, powered by Booking.com. But it remains to be seen if this move will be enough to enable Triip to retain its novelty.

1 week ago

Exclusive: Viator Officials Depart as TripAdvisor Installs Vacation Rental Execs as Replacements

Exclusive: Viator Officials Depart as TripAdvisor Installs Vacation Rental Execs as Replacements

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer has decided to make dramatic changes in the leadership of the company's attractions business, and that's not unusual for an acquiring company. Still, the move to import executives from the company's vacation rentals business to run a leading tours and activities business isn't exactly being welcomed with open arms by the rank and file.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Launches Trips, Its Big Tours and Activities Gamble

Airbnb Launches Trips, Its Big Tours and Activities Gamble

Deanna Ting, Skift

We've known this day would come for quite some time now. The only question left to ask is this: Can Airbnb succeed in becoming a "super brand of travel" like it aspires to be?

2 months ago

More Details on Airbnb’s Massive New Product Launch This Week

More Details on Airbnb’s Massive New Product Launch This Week

Deanna Ting, Skift

Magical Trips has been an open secret in the travel industry for at least a year now, if not more. But on November 15, Airbnb's head of global hospitality and strategy more or less confirmed it's finally becoming an official reality for the company.

2 months ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: The Evolution of Tours and Activities

Skift Backstage Podcast: The Evolution of Tours and Activities

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As consumers become more comfortable with last-minute mobile booking — and require more depth in their travel experiences — those who sell tours and activities need to adapt their offerings.

2 months ago

Video: Why Peek Still Sees Opportunity in the Tours and Activities Market

Video: Why Peek Still Sees Opportunity in the Tours and Activities Market

Greg Oates, Skift

Peek is competing in the online tours and activities booking space because it built a mobile-friendly platform where tour operators can better manage and sell their product in real-time.

3 months ago

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

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

Patrick Whyte, Skift

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.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Stops Booking Activities With Captive Animals and Endangered Species

TripAdvisor Stops Booking Activities With Captive Animals and Endangered Species

Hannah Sampson, Skift

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.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer Defiantly Vows to Stay Committed to Instant Booking

TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer Defiantly Vows to Stay Committed to Instant Booking

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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 months ago

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

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

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

4 months ago

Airbnb Buys Spanish Tours and Activities Startup Trip4Real

Airbnb Buys Spanish Tours and Activities Startup Trip4Real

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

5 months ago