Tour Operators

Tour Injury Lawsuit Tests Whether TripAdvisor Is Liability-Free

Tour Injury Lawsuit Tests Whether TripAdvisor Is Liability-Free

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Bulletproof legal immunity for "platforms" like TripAdvisor seems to have softened in recent years. What's certain is that as tours and activities go more mainstream as an option on booking sites, intermediaries will have to put more effort into vetting the tour operators.

2 weeks ago

Intrepid Partners With Ctrip to Popularize Green Trips in China

Intrepid Partners With Ctrip to Popularize Green Trips in China

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Both partners seek growth when the home markets aren’t expanding as much as before. Intrepid needs Ctrip’s user base of 300 million while Ctrip needs Intrepid’s kind of journeys. But doubtful if sustainable travel will instantly be the norm in China. It's a start.

2 weeks ago

Thomas Cook Collapsed Owing at Least $12 Billion

Thomas Cook Collapsed Owing at Least $12 Billion

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Yes, you read that number correctly. Thomas Cook's directors have rightly come in for plenty of criticism, but others — including the UK government — need to have their record examined as well.

1 month ago

Fosun to Relaunch Thomas Cook Brand in 2020

Fosun to Relaunch Thomas Cook Brand in 2020

Shirley Zhao, Bloomberg

Fosun is understood to be launching a new Thomas Cook platform to attract European clients. It has to do what Thomas Cook failed to do, plus restore the brand’s image. Not an easy job.

1 month ago

New Zealand Tourist Deaths Expose Liability Risks for Adventure Tourism

New Zealand Tourist Deaths Expose Liability Risks for Adventure Tourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

If tourists increasingly seek adventure when they travel, whose job is it to ensure they are adequately informed of the risks associated with doing so? It's a tough question to answer.

1 month ago

TUI Looks Set for a Challenging 2020 Even Without Competitor Thomas Cook

TUI Looks Set for a Challenging 2020 Even Without Competitor Thomas Cook

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI continues to have ambitious plans, and its quest to move away from the traditional tour operating market seems sensible given the problems endured by one of its biggest competitors. But good intentions often get derailed by outside circumstances. Can it stay the course in 2020?

1 month ago

How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook collected its fair share of brands over the years. Now rivals are picking over what remains of the group.

1 month ago

Managing a Wolf Sanctuary Means Animals — Not Visitors — Are the Boss

Managing a Wolf Sanctuary Means Animals — Not Visitors — Are the Boss

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tourists are welcome to visit Wolf Haven International in Washington state, but the needs of the sanctuary's residents — which include two species of wolves, wolf-dogs, and coyotes — are always prioritized. The sanctuary's co-manager Pamela Maciel Cabañas is devoted to making sure that happens.

1 month ago

UK’s Wild Frontiers Buys U.S. Adventure Operator Myths & Mountains as Asia Demand Rises

UK’s Wild Frontiers Buys U.S. Adventure Operator Myths & Mountains as Asia Demand Rises

Raini Hamdi, Skift

In the post-experiences world, one sector that will keep thriving is niche adventure tour operators that really know what they are talking about. They take clients backstage to explore exotic places and leave little footprint — but deposit lots of dollars in local communities.

2 months ago

Fosun Swoops on Thomas Cook Brand Names

Fosun Swoops on Thomas Cook Brand Names

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given Fosun's desire to help keep Thomas Cook afloat, the news shouldn't come as a surprise, especially since the Chinese company's Foliday ecosystem features the storied brand name.

3 months ago

Thomas Cook’s Nordic Business Gets New Owners

Thomas Cook’s Nordic Business Gets New Owners

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Even though Thomas Cook Group is no longer around, parts of the company live on. The Nordic business was pretty profitable, crucially has strong local brands, and isn't weighed down by an extensive store network. It's easy to see how it can be a success in the future.

3 months ago

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb may never become a clone of its online travel agency competitors, but it will eventually go more mainstream to attract a wider range of travelers and locals, as the Tiqets investment suggests.

3 months ago