Articles tagged “tours”

Travel Advisors See Growing Demand for Women-Only Tours That Promote Empowerment

Travel Advisors See Growing Demand for Women-Only Tours That Promote Empowerment

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A proliferation of women-only tours reflects the fact that women are a driving force behind the trend for experiential and adventure-oriented travel. The tours enable participants to interact with women from cultures far different than their own.

2 weeks ago

Expedia CEO Admits Tours Business Is Underfunded

Expedia CEO Admits Tours Business Is Underfunded

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia and Ctrip are the two large online travel companies that have so far not acquired a technology partner to foster the growth of their tours and activities' businesses. GetYourGuide argues that these tech/connectivity companies should remain independent, but how long will it be before some of these smaller companies get scooped up?

3 weeks ago

Tour Operators: Airbnb Adventures Knows Distribution, Not Destinations

Tour Operators: Airbnb Adventures Knows Distribution, Not Destinations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Big-name tour operators aren't losing sleep over Airbnb Adventures. But some are indeed paying close attention, which is prudent. Just ask European airlines, which underestimated the emergence of Ryanair and EasyJet, and would love to have a do-over.

2 months ago

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Honesty is the best policy. Even if it clashes with a nice FareHarbor bootstrapping story that seemed too good to be true.

4 months ago

Travel Concierge Offers Empowering Experiences for Women of Color

Travel Concierge Offers Empowering Experiences for Women of Color

Maria Lenhart, Skift

When Danielle Washington plans trips for busy black entrepreneurial women, she draws heavily on her own experiences. That means taking an inner journey as well.

9 months ago

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Paul Biasco, Skift

Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel.

9 months ago

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is taking its sweet time to implement a flights-to-attractions travel offering. Some would say the pace is Google-like in its slowness. But behind the scenes, data reigns supreme, and dictates whether a product is scrapped, implemented with a twist, or then reshaped anew. Refill the popcorn. This will take a while.

9 months ago

The New York Times Adds Day Tours to Grab Piece of Booming Tours and Activities Sector

The New York Times Adds Day Tours to Grab Piece of Booming Tours and Activities Sector

Dan Peltier, Skift

The newspaper business continues to go through an evolution in the digital era, all while the travel industry is thriving and demand grows for tours and activities. City Tours probably won't be the biggest revenue generator for the Times anytime soon, but it could do a lot to make the publisher cooler and more relevant.

11 months ago

Viator’s Travel Agent Program Gets Mixed Reviews

Viator’s Travel Agent Program Gets Mixed Reviews

Paul Biasco, Skift

The market for off-the-beaten-path tours and experiences has been heating up this year with the emergence of Airbnb’s Experiences. TripAdvisor, which emphasizes on-the-beaten path offerings, is putting a huge effort into trying to stay on top. Its new travel agent program is part of that effort.

11 months ago

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Chinese outbound travel continues to boom and shows high potential for future growth. Travel brands and destinations need to understand the evolving behaviors and preferences of Chinese travelers in order to most effectively appeal to this market.

1 year ago

New Skift Research Report: The State of Tours and Activities 2018

New Skift Research Report: The State of Tours and Activities 2018

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

The digital revolution has finally come for tours and activities. Our latest research report dives into challenges for this fragmented sector as it shifts increasingly online and to mobile, but highlights the potential market opportunity for a very diverse, experiential space.

1 year ago

Finding the Best Tour Guide in a Foreign City

Finding the Best Tour Guide in a Foreign City

Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg

Chang is an ABC News correspondent who travels often enough that she has helpful tips. When you are a supertraveler, you often become an expert.

2 years ago