Articles tagged “travel agencies”

Ctrip Makes Offline Store Push in China as Its Profit Margins Rise

Ctrip Makes Offline Store Push in China as Its Profit Margins Rise

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip is betting on 6,000 franchise shops to take aim at cities where most travel shopping happens offline. At the same time, it hopes to increase its operating margins to Priceline-like levels. The two initiatives don't necessarily collide since Ctrip doesn't own the real estate or pay labor costs for the offline shops.

5 months ago

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The global distribution systems aren't going anywhere. Innovation, however, is happening in the margins of the travel distribution marketplace, with airlines seeking to regain control of their destiny.

6 months ago

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is reviving its direct-booking conflict with distribution middlemen like Sabre. Advances in technology and fat profits at U.S. airlines make the threat more plausible now than a decade ago.

6 months ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

6 months ago

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

12 months ago

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

Last summer, Expedia opened a user-experience lab in London, similar to the one at its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. While a reporter researches a trip, a computer tracks their eye movement and electromyography sensors track their facial reactions.

12 months ago

Lola Attracts $8 Million in New Funding and Adds Online Travel Veterans to Board

Lola Attracts $8 Million in New Funding and Adds Online Travel Veterans to Board

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Still-unproven Lola, the travel startup, has some online travel heavy hitters as co-founders, investors and board members. If the premise to involve human travel agents in trip-planning doesn't work out then the team can always pivot toward something else.

2 years ago

Tour Operators in Russia Close as They Feel the Pinch of Sanctions

Tour Operators in Russia Close as They Feel the Pinch of Sanctions

Ilya Khrennikov, Bloomberg

It's not easy for a tour company to do business when the despotic leader of their country supports the downing of civilian aircraft.

3 years ago

Online Travel Agency Hotel Bookings Grew Faster Than Hotels’ Own Websites in Q1

Online Travel Agency Hotel Bookings Grew Faster Than Hotels’ Own Websites in Q1

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies are taking market share when it comes to hotel bookings for leisure and business travelers, but hotels' own direct channels still dominate, and travel agencies are still well ahead, too, if the TravelClick numbers are to be believed.

4 years ago

Unrest in Egypt and Russia Widens Losses at European Tour Giant TUI Travel

Unrest in Egypt and Russia Widens Losses at European Tour Giant TUI Travel

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

While TUI wan't as bad off as Thomas Cook 18 months ago, it still hasn't made the changes necessary to better weather unrest or late holidays.

4 years ago

Travel Leaders Group Gets New Headquarters and Marching Orders in Europe

Travel Leaders Group Gets New Headquarters and Marching Orders in Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel Leaders Group may see an opening to acquire some travel agencies in Europe to fuel its growth while American Express Business Travel figures out how a proposed joint venture with a private equity group is going to work.

4 years ago

IATA and Travel Agencies To Meet In Miami About A New Way of Doing Business

IATA and Travel Agencies To Meet In Miami About A New Way of Doing Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

After brutal battles between airlines and travel agencies over the last few years, IATA realizes it can't push through the changes in distribution that it seeks without some buy-in from the other side. New battles may be in the offing so enjoy the peace while she reigns.

4 years ago