Tour Operators

TUI to Restart European Flights at the End of June

TUI to Restart European Flights at the End of June

Christoph Steitz, Reuters

Let the vacations begin — with proper social-distancing, including blocked middle seats on planes — of course.

5 days ago

How Museums Are Imagining Reopening in the Time of Social Distancing

How Museums Are Imagining Reopening in the Time of Social Distancing

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The world's leading museums pride themselves on taking the utmost care of their collections. In the context of the pandemic, they have perhaps an even bigger task: keeping their visitors and staff safe, as well.

1 week ago

TUI’s All-Or-Nothing Summer Recovery Plan Relies on Southern Europe

TUI’s All-Or-Nothing Summer Recovery Plan Relies on Southern Europe

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The tour operator has taken major steps to lower its cost base. Financially, it's prepared for the next few months, but that's counting on tourists flooding back this summer.

2 weeks ago

Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Tourism is now having its OCD moment in the face of the coronavirus. Will new sanitation protocols in the tourism sector buy peace of mind for travelers post-pandemic or usher in a new age of travel anxiety?

3 weeks ago

TUI China Restarts Domestic Vacations After 3-Month Hiatus

TUI China Restarts Domestic Vacations After 3-Month Hiatus

Ilona Wissenbach and Joseph Nasr, Reuters

There is a ton of pent-up demand for domestic travel in China, and Germany is mulling opening its border with Austria for travelers. But is the world destined for these limited corridors for travel?

4 weeks ago

Packaged Tours Need Retooling in a Coronavirus Era: The Long View This Week

Packaged Tours Need Retooling in a Coronavirus Era: The Long View This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The long view on packaged tours as a travel category is bright, said Christine Petersen, the president and CEO of smarTours, a private-equity backed operator. But the sector must adapt to a socially distanced world in several practical ways if it wants to stay relevant and profitable.

4 weeks ago

National Cowboy Museum’s Security Chief Finds an Unlikely New Role

National Cowboy Museum’s Security Chief Finds an Unlikely New Role

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tim Tiller is an unlikely social media hit. But his success since the start of the pandemic lockdown is a lesson for tourism marketers everywhere.

4 weeks ago

The Case for Why Airbnb’s Foray Into Experiences Is a Fundamental Mistake

The Case for Why Airbnb’s Foray Into Experiences Is a Fundamental Mistake

Carl Shepherd, Skift

It is highly risky for Airbnb to pivot to compete directly as an online travel agency, and it needs to seriously think about whether its sharing model truly extends to the activity, experience provider because in reality it doesn't.

4 weeks ago

TUI Scraps Vacation Packages Until Mid-May and Cruises Until June

TUI Scraps Vacation Packages Until Mid-May and Cruises Until June

Sarah Young, Reuters

The UK's biggest travel firm has paused and canceled all hotel stays and vacation packages until May 14. It has put Marella Cruises sailings on hold until June. A new TUI River Cruise product won't start until November. Sensible.

2 months ago

Housebound Travelers Simulate an Everest Expedition Online

Housebound Travelers Simulate an Everest Expedition Online

Isabel Choat, The Guardian

If you can't climb Mount Everest in person, why not simulate it in your home with the help of friends?

2 months ago

Tour Guides and Attractions Operators Shift to Testing Experiences — Online

Tour Guides and Attractions Operators Shift to Testing Experiences — Online

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Operators of tours, activities, and attractions are taking a crash course in online classes, virtual tours, and digital souvenir sales. We doubt these efforts can fully replace the revenue of in-person experiences. Yet there are needs to fill. Many housebound people and remote teams could use the human connection, while many hosts are eager for income.

2 months ago

European Travel Giant TUI Suspends Most Operations Over Virus

European Travel Giant TUI Suspends Most Operations Over Virus

Associated Press

The travel mood of the world has changed. With constantly evolving travel restrictions as well as closures of country borders and attractions due to the coronavirus pandemic, it only makes sense for tour companies to suspend operations for the time being.

2 months ago