Articles tagged “trip planning”

WorldMate’s Retreat Leaves Itinerary-Organizing Rivals in Dogfight

WorldMate’s Retreat Leaves Itinerary-Organizing Rivals in Dogfight

Sean O'Neill, Skift

WorldMate suffered as many smartphones and other services added free travel notifications. But TripCase and TripIt still have fans among many frequent travelers.

5 months ago

In Trip Planning Is There a Red State Versus Blue State Divide?

In Trip Planning Is There a Red State Versus Blue State Divide?

Sarah Enelow, Skift

In 2017, Americans' travel aspirations may reflect the country's political divide. We're still waiting to see how Trump's promises to tighten national borders will affect the trips people book this year.

6 months ago

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

7 months ago

Priceline Exec Says Virtual Reality May Make Travel Planning Obsolete

Priceline Exec Says Virtual Reality May Make Travel Planning Obsolete

Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg

It was almost heresy a few years ago to say that people would arrive for a trip in a destination without a hotel reservation. Advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality in coming years may take that whole trend even further. Will your grandkids say, "Trip-planning: What was that?"

9 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.

9 months ago

Google’s New Mobile Tool Lets You Compare Destinations by Price

Google’s New Mobile Tool Lets You Compare Destinations by Price

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Should competitors be concerned that Destinations on Google is a harbinger of Google's global takeover of trip-planning and the travel industry? Don't be paranoid. Plenty of companies can out-compete Google but its dominance of search and ability to make traffic disappear on a dime are ongoing headaches given that the playing field tilts toward Mountain View, California.

1 year ago

Foursquare Is Getting Into the Social Trip Planning Business

Foursquare Is Getting Into the Social Trip Planning Business

Dan Peltier, Skift

The travel startup scene is littered with the corpses of social trip-planning services. But Foursquare's check-ins are a gold mine of data, and it's smart enough that it knows this is a nice-to-have feature, not a business in itself.

1 year ago

The Most Successful Trip Planning App Still Comes in a Paper Version

The Most Successful Trip Planning App Still Comes in a Paper Version

Dan Peltier, Skift

Old school isn't always a nostalgic, vintage throwback. Sometimes it's just the smartest way to do things.

2 years ago

6 Ways to Make Travel Magazines Better

6 Ways to Make Travel Magazines Better

Robert Reid, Reid on Travel

Where do we send our subscription money?

2 years ago

Venture Capitalists Discuss the Missteps of Travel Startups

Venture Capitalists Discuss the Missteps of Travel Startups

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If you are thinking of launching a travel startup, please read this before you waste years of your life, and become old, gray and bitter.

3 years ago

Travefy Acquires Another Group Travel-Planning Site

Travefy Acquires Another Group Travel-Planning Site

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Established trip-planning sites, whether they deal in individual travelers or groups, are not fearful of this acquisition.

3 years ago

Georgia Adds Content and Trip Planning to Its Tourism Website

Georgia Adds Content and Trip Planning to Its Tourism Website

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Although most travelers research more than a dozen sites when planning a trip, information and direction shared by official tourism boards are key to building awareness of a destinations' offerings and opportunities.

3 years ago