Tour Operators

Tour Operators Are Selling Runners on Extreme Marathons in Picturesque Places

Tour Operators Are Selling Runners on Extreme Marathons in Picturesque Places

Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg

None of these 26.2-milers is run-of-the-mill, as travel companies and tourism boards see the potential of marketing adventure runs to amateur athletes seeking experience-based travel. Any takers for a running safari in Kenya?

2 weeks ago

Chinese Tour Groups Don’t Always Deliver a Boost to Destinations

Chinese Tour Groups Don’t Always Deliver a Boost to Destinations

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

It's a classic overtourism quandary: Will an influx of visitors be good for a destination — or will those visitors drain resources without giving much back to the local economy? This story illustrates how countries are pondering the issue when it comes to tour groups from China.

4 weeks ago

TUI Is Buying a Destination Services Business From Hotelbeds for $136 Million

TUI Is Buying a Destination Services Business From Hotelbeds for $136 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI is using some of the cash it amassed from selling companies such as Hotelbeds to buy a business from ... Hotelbeds. Maybe its taken a bit of time for the management to realize that tours and activities are strategic and a potential growth area.

4 weeks ago

Apple Leisure Group CEO Believes Vacations Are Much Better Than Virtual Reality

Apple Leisure Group CEO Believes Vacations Are Much Better Than Virtual Reality

Hannah Sampson , Skift

The CEO of Apple Leisure Group isn't concerned about the prospect of virtual reality or other technology taking the place of actual vacations. But he is worried about the impact of policy that throws up roadblocks to traveling — a much more immediate concern.

1 month ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Thomas Cook CEO on Reinventing Mass-Market Tourism

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Thomas Cook CEO on Reinventing Mass-Market Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Thomas Cook is an old dog in the travel industry that has definitely learned some new tricks. From Thomas Cook Money to offering the ability to book a specific hotel room, the company is personalizing the travel experience for the future.

2 months ago

TUI Group Wants a Bigger Slice of the Tours and Activities Market

TUI Group Wants a Bigger Slice of the Tours and Activities Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With TUI accumulating so much customer data, it makes sense to deploy that knowledge to its transfers, and tours and activities business. The sector is still fragmented and a player with deep pockets like TUI should be able to make inroads.

2 months ago

Thomas Cook Looks to Turkey and Egypt to Ease Its Pain in Spain

Thomas Cook Looks to Turkey and Egypt to Ease Its Pain in Spain

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Spain's popularity among UK tourists has not dwindled. Thomas Cook will be hoping demand to higher-margin destinations such as Turkey continues to grow or else it faces an expensive summer.

3 months ago

European Tour Operators Still Worry a Lot About January Bookings — Here’s Why

European Tour Operators Still Worry a Lot About January Bookings — Here’s Why

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Common wisdom among tour operators has always been that to have a good year, you needed to have a good January, and it is still no different. While the reasons for booking holidays early might hark back to the pre-Internet era, the consumer pattern hasn't changed very much.

3 months ago

Ski Resort Operator Compagnie des Alpes Buys Travelfactory

Ski Resort Operator Compagnie des Alpes Buys Travelfactory

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The world's biggest operator of ski resorts, Compagnie des Alpes, wants to fend off the threat of third-party distribution by offering consumers a one-stop shop for booking all parts of a trip. Leave it to the French to lead the resistance.

3 months ago

Finding the Best Tour Guide in a Foreign City

Finding the Best Tour Guide in a Foreign City

Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg

Chang is an ABC News correspondent who travels often enough that she has helpful tips. When you are a supertraveler, you often become an expert.

4 months ago

TUI Group Plans Cheaper Vacations to Cope With Brexit Slowdown

TUI Group Plans Cheaper Vacations to Cope With Brexit Slowdown

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The Brexit warning signs are starting to stack up. Consumer confidence is falling, which will likely hit vacation sales down the line. Brits might not give up their two weeks in the sun but they will want something cheaper.

4 months ago

Collapse of Monarch Air Costs Baby Boomer Specialist Saga $2.7 Million

Collapse of Monarch Air Costs Baby Boomer Specialist Saga $2.7 Million

Joe Easton, Bloomberg

Saga’s woes seem to be a direct result of Monarch’s collapse rather than a Brexit wobble. Having reaped plenty of financial rewards over the years, it seems baby boomers are still looking to splash their cash on vacations.

5 months ago