Travel Services

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As event technology companies continue to grow, they’re attracting interest from investors who see promise in the sector. The jury is still out on who will be the eventual winners in a super-fragmented global marketplace.

4 hours ago

Travel Advisor Training Enters a New Phase in Its Evolution

Travel Advisor Training Enters a New Phase in Its Evolution

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Training for travel advisors has become a big priority for consortiums and host travel agencies, particularly as more people enter the industry from previous careers. There seems to be a shift from mostly educating new agents about destinations to including sessions on sales strategies and marketing.

1 day ago

Using Sports to Entice High-Spending Visitors

Using Sports to Entice High-Spending Visitors

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Tourism organizations usually jump on anything that can bring luxury tourists to a city or area, and the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament is no exception.

1 day ago

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Kansas City’s New Convention Infrastructure Proves Its Commitment to Meetings and Events

Kansas City’s New Convention Infrastructure Proves Its Commitment to Meetings and Events

Visit KC + Skift

Kansas City has developed into a prime meeting destination through its smartly connected infrastructure, innovative, yet accessible amenities, and a downtown that doubles as an urban playground.

2 weeks ago

Cincinnati Courts Luxury Travelers Through Pro Tennis

Cincinnati Courts Luxury Travelers Through Pro Tennis

Laura Powell, Skift

Most major sporting events take place in cities that already attract large numbers of high-end tourists. But for one small Midwestern city, hosting a professional tennis tournament is a way to attract luxury travelers who might otherwise not consider a visit.

2 days ago

Ensemble Travel’s First CEO Brings Agency-Owner Perspective

Ensemble Travel’s First CEO Brings Agency-Owner Perspective

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Ensemble Travel Group hired its first CEO, a veteran travel advisor and agency owner. The move signals a realization that first-hand understanding of the daily challenges faced by travel advisors can only help a consortium better serve its members.

2 days ago

Travel Advisor Recruits Participate in Host Agency Boot Camps

Travel Advisor Recruits Participate in Host Agency Boot Camps

Paul Biasco, Skift

Host agencies are seeing an influx of prospective travel advisors, many coming from other careers, and are creating education programs to ensure the newcomers are up to par. There are a wide range of options out there, so potential agents should do their research before choosing a host.

2 days ago

Thomas Cook Sees Shares Rise on Takeover Talk

Thomas Cook Sees Shares Rise on Takeover Talk

Lucca de Paoli, Bloomberg

Takeover rumors can do wonders for a company's share price. We'll have to wait and see whether talk turns to action in the case of Thomas Cook.

2 days ago

The Skift 2019 Corporate Travel Innovators List

The Skift 2019 Corporate Travel Innovators List

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Innovation is slow in corporate travel, mainly due to the entrenched legacy systems that undergird the sector and the complex web of financial incentives that power incumbents. These leaders are doing something different in a space defined by convention.

2 days ago

Skift Forum Europe: Airbnb Is Doubling Down on Experiences

Skift Forum Europe: Airbnb Is Doubling Down on Experiences

Deanna Ting, Skift

Doubters may still question Airbnb’s foray into tours and experiences, but say what you will: The growth of the business has been anything but insignificant. The real success, however, will be in making it a quality-driven endeavor.

2 days ago

United-Chase Rift Creates Opportunities for Other Credit Card Partnerships

United-Chase Rift Creates Opportunities for Other Credit Card Partnerships

Grant Martin, Skift

If United and Chase can't forge an exclusive agreement on how they market credit cards, the door may open for other banks like Citi, Barclays, or American Express to pitch a United co-branded product.

2 days ago

Thomas Cook Attracts Takeover Interest

Thomas Cook Attracts Takeover Interest

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the airline unit already in play, it makes sense that there would be some interest in the rest of 178-year-old Thomas Cook.

5 days ago