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Travel Booking

U.S. Travel Firms Flex Marketing Muscle to Lure Travelers Seeking Sun and Sand

The charts in this article capture the conundrum facing Airbnb, Booking Holdings, and Expedia Group. The online travel agency groups need their revenue to soar faster than their marketing expenses as the pandemic recovery unfolds.

U.S. Travel Firms Flex Marketing Muscle to Lure Travelers Seeking Sun and Sand

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb Strives to Give Travelers More Confidence in What They Book

Airbnb has recognized that it needs to bolster the confidence of many travelers that short-term rentals and vacation homes are exactly as advertised. It's taken a big stride in that direction, said Catherine Powell, global head of hosting at the online travel agency.

Airbnb Strives to Give Travelers More Confidence in What They Book

Travel Booking

Travelers Plan to Spend Big on International Travel This Summer: New Report

Pent-up demand for international travel seems unstoppable as tourists refuse to slow down regardless of the travel industry's ongoing anxiety concerning rising prices.

Travelers Plan to Spend Big on International Travel This Summer: New Report

Travel Booking

Amadeus Profit Takes Off in First Quarter as Air Travel Recovers

Amadeus, the world's biggest provider of travel booking and airline IT services, has closed its best post-pandemic quarter thanks to the revival of tourism. But its profit was still 73 percent below 2019 levels.

Amadeus Profit Takes Off in First Quarter as Air Travel Recovers

Online Travel

Expedia Says Half of Recent Vrbo Customers Were New

It looks like the nonstop ads on TV and YouTube achieved something. But Vrbo risks being a victim of its own successful marketing. It's scrambling to add more vacation rental inventory in some places.

Expedia Says Half of Recent Vrbo Customers Were New

Travel Booking

Travelers Plan to Alter Summer Travel Plans Because of Higher Prices: New Survey

Pent-up travel demand meets inflation. Here's what a new survey found out about how travelers plan to deal with higher prices.

Travelers Plan to Alter Summer Travel Plans Because of Higher Prices: New Survey

Travel Booking

American Express Benefits From Travel Rebound Boosting Card Spending

Travel and entertainment spending on American Express cards rose 121 percent in the first quarter — even with variant flare-ups. One more benefactor of the serious pent-up demand to travel.

American Express Benefits From Travel Rebound Boosting Card Spending

Tourism

Loyalty Meets a Newly Conscious Traveler for Post-Pandemic Resets

Loyalty programs helped brands engage with customers during pandemic lockdowns. But now they need to evolve, and travel companies need to not only decipher what today’s traveler wants, but also how to factor in sustainability in a meaningful way.

Loyalty Meets a Newly Conscious Traveler for Post-Pandemic Resets

Travel Booking

Ukraine War Sanctions Raise Questions for Travel Insurance Firms

“Do not travel” warnings protect travel insurance firms in countries directly involved. The war in Ukraine might also increase consumer awareness and demand for extensive coverage.

Ukraine War Sanctions Raise Questions for Travel Insurance Firms

Startups

Secret Escapes Survived Pandemic Thanks to $74 Million Fundraising

Financial filings reveal how well deals specialist Secret Escapes was performing before the pandemic struck and how much venture capital backing it received during the crisis to stay afloat. The figures hint at how the company's recovery this year may play out.

Secret Escapes Survived Pandemic Thanks to $74 Million Fundraising