Articles tagged “tours and activities”

Royal Caribbean Creates Tour-Booking Site GoBe To Go After Land Vacations

Royal Caribbean Creates Tour-Booking Site GoBe To Go After Land Vacations

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As our Megatrend foretold, Skift expected there would be a lot of news around tours and activities this year, but even we are surprised by all the action so early in the year. Will a long background in cruise vacations help Royal Caribbean Cruises' latest venture, GoBe, break out from the pack?

8 hours ago

Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

Deanna Ting, Skift

It seems like everyone in hospitality (and travel in general) is looking at the tours and activities space these days.

2 days ago

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If TripAdvisor's hotel-booking drive doesn't work out in the face of intense competition, tours and activities won't be bungee-jumping to the rescue. But it still can be an attractive business and TripAdvisor is best-positioned for now to make it work.

6 days ago

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Facebook app now enables users to tap a Book Now button and has easy to use tap to call or messaging features with the venues. This is an important step by a company with a mammoth user base.

3 weeks ago

Tours and Activities Providers Still Have Doubts About the Internet

Tours and Activities Providers Still Have Doubts About the Internet

Dave Montali, Skift

T&A's love-hate relationship with the internet continues. They love the online reviews, but are reluctant to use the internet as a distribution channel.

2 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Tours and Activities Are Finally Coming Into Their Own

Travel Megatrends 2017: Tours and Activities Are Finally Coming Into Their Own

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb’s entry into the tours and activities market certainly brings the sector to the fore. If Airbnb sticks with a strategy to curate its tours and activities, going with unique and off-the-beaten-path experiences, then that is still important for the sector given Airbnb’s scale, but self-limiting. Competition is certainly a healthy thing and all the players will have to up their games.

2 months ago

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Sophistication and adoption of back-end technology on the supply side is getting to a point where the big players in online travel are taking the tours and activities segment seriously. It's an expanding growth opportunity for new and direct revenue streams across the entire traveler journey, beyond core transport and accommodations products.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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?

4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago