Articles tagged “trip planning”

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and become a thing. It will take a very extended period of time to make it a more meaningful development. In that faraway horizon, will there indeed be any differentiation among the leading providers?

3 weeks ago

What Utrip’s Tragic Final Year Can Teach Other Travel Startups

What Utrip’s Tragic Final Year Can Teach Other Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What makes Utrip's collapse eye-catching is that the company had the makings of becoming a respectable, if not a sensational, business. A timeline of the company's strategic decisions and failed attempt to get acquired may provide a few lessons for other travel startups.

6 months ago

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Maria Lenhart, Skift

This might be the best time in history for travel advisors to sell cruises, but it's also the most complex. Those who take time to know the growing array of cruise choices and focus on the high end of the market are the most likely to succeed.

7 months ago

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

It's often true that the best ideas or inventions for travel are those that originate outside the sector. Could this be one?

9 months ago

Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Following up with clients after a trip is a critical part of the travel-planning process. However, getting clients to truly open up about their experiences takes finesse.

10 months ago

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A growing number of travel advisors are offering mystery vacations, created by keeping trip details a secret from clients until the departure date. It puts the surprise element back in travel, which is something often lost these days, but the challenges for advisors are many.

10 months ago

Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations

Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations

Paul Biasco, Skift

The allure of a mystery vacation is growing for some travelers as the world continues to shrink thanks to an overwhelming flood of photos and videos in social media about the world's great destinations. We see this sector as one set to continue its growth in coming years.

10 months ago

Luxury Agents Try to Combine High-Level Service With Street-Level Experiences

Luxury Agents Try to Combine High-Level Service With Street-Level Experiences

Paul Biasco, Skift

Luxury travel advisors are experts at planning a five-star vacation for their clients, but agents are more frequently being asked to add a more local element to their plans. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making sure these experiences go off without a hitch.

1 year ago

Online Travel Media — Skift Research Looks at Who Stands Out in 2018

Online Travel Media — Skift Research Looks at Who Stands Out in 2018

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

The majority of first travel searches have no mention of a brand or destination, putting publishers of digital destination information in a uniquely influential position. Yet publishers are challenged to differentiate themselves in an overwhelming number of options.

1 year ago

ComScore Study Claims TripAdvisor Is Top-Visited Travel Site Before Booking

ComScore Study Claims TripAdvisor Is Top-Visited Travel Site Before Booking

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the most-influential travel company of all? TripAdvisor still has a strong grip on travelers from a trip-planning standpoint, and that's its most-appealing asset. But the landscape is fragmented and there are lots of sites, including search engines, for travel advertisers to consider when establishing their favorite clients.

2 years ago

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From Dreaming to Departure: How Pinterest Reaches Travelers Throughout The Entire Customer Journey

From Dreaming to Departure: How Pinterest Reaches Travelers Throughout The Entire Customer Journey

Pinterest + Skift

With nearly one in four online travel planners using Pinterest as a resource––often beyond the initial inspiration and ideation phase––marketers and advertisers looking to reach travelers should consider the value Pinterest has to offer.

2 years ago

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Wealthy people have a right to spend their money as they wish. But some of the requests and complaints detailed in this story are absurd. Did one hedge fund owner actually complain the weather in Italy was too hot? Did his children really share "over-the-top" criticisms of a luxury spa?

2 years ago