Tour Operators

TUI Boosts Aircraft Order to Capitalize on Rivals’ Struggles

TUI Boosts Aircraft Order to Capitalize on Rivals’ Struggles

Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

With airlines failing all across Europe, it makes sense for TUI Group to add to its order book.

1 week ago

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

What is hurting Airbnb’s ability to see true success? Increasing regulation, the company’s potential impact on local housing markets and the traditional hotel sector, and the company’s increasing role in hospitality and accommodation distribution. In this report, we attack all three.

1 week ago

Equinox Will Launch Luxury Tours in 2019 as New Hotels Open

Equinox Will Launch Luxury Tours in 2019 as New Hotels Open

Dan Peltier, Skift

If it ends up being successful, and we don't see any red flags why it wouldn't be, Equinox will have a value proposition not many travel brands can touch: an exclusive place to work out, sleep, and explore the world.

2 weeks ago

Credit Card Giant Chase Jumps Into Tours and Activities

Credit Card Giant Chase Jumps Into Tours and Activities

Dan Peltier, Skift

Tours and activities partnerships like the one between Atlas Obscura and Chase seem like a win-win. Card companies acquire knowledge about trends in the sector, and what travelers are demanding. Meanwhile, tour operators get access to loyal consumers willing to shell out for the trip of a lifetime.

2 weeks ago

The New York Times Adds Day Tours to Grab Piece of Booming Tours and Activities Sector

The New York Times Adds Day Tours to Grab Piece of Booming Tours and Activities Sector

Dan Peltier, Skift

The newspaper business continues to go through an evolution in the digital era, all while the travel industry is thriving and demand grows for tours and activities. City Tours probably won't be the biggest revenue generator for the Times anytime soon, but it could do a lot to make the publisher cooler and more relevant.

3 weeks ago

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Offering vacation rentals to customers might be some way off, but it shows Thomas Cook is at least thinking creatively about its place in the travel industry. If it is something people want — and they clearly do — then the company needs to at least consider it.

3 weeks ago

Tours and Experiences: The Next Great Untapped Market in Online Travel

Tours and Experiences: The Next Great Untapped Market in Online Travel

Dan Peltier and Andrew Sheivachman , Skift

Vacationers want to experience something new and are tired of the same old tours and activities. While global tour operators are baking more customization into their products, digital distribution is changing the way local operators do business.

4 weeks ago

TUI Group Buys Musement as Tours and Activities Sector Stays Hot for Deals

TUI Group Buys Musement as Tours and Activities Sector Stays Hot for Deals

Dan Peltier, Skift

The global heat map for tours and activities continues to burn bright this year as big players like TUI scoop up small players like Musement for back-end technology that will help them get more personalized products to travelers.

1 month ago

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Cat Ferguson, Skift

Longevity doesn't automatically mean success. Cox & Kings has had to adapt to the needs of 21st-century tourists and the ever-changing travel market. That it's still around after 260 years is testament to its ability to reinvent itself.

1 month ago

Video: The Travel Corporation Sees Online Potential of Multi-Day Tours

Video: The Travel Corporation Sees Online Potential of Multi-Day Tours

Dan Peltier, Skift

It won't be a wave, but some consumers are warming up to the idea of booking a weeklong tour package online. The Travel Corporation sees more online travel agencies on the horizon and feels that consumer demand will cause these companies to cozy up.

1 month ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Startup Seeks to Turn Vacation Into Art

Skift Global Forum Preview: Startup Seeks to Turn Vacation Into Art

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

These days, not all experiences are created equal. In-depth, time-consuming, even taxing activities will actually do the word "experience" justice, though they may not attract the mainstream.

2 months ago

National Geographic’s Travel Arm Expands Ahead of Disney Takeover

National Geographic’s Travel Arm Expands Ahead of Disney Takeover

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We're eager to see what happens when two well-known brands join forces next year. Could we see a National Geographic Expeditions–Adventures by Disney mashup?

2 months ago