Tour Operators

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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

New York’s Double-Decker Tour Buses May Face Tighter Regulation

New York’s Double-Decker Tour Buses May Face Tighter Regulation

David Klepper, Associated Press

Pending new regulation, maybe it's time for these giant tour buses to take a cue from New York City's tourism board and spread out to less-congested neighborhoods.

2 months ago

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hong Kong-based Klook has selected the Americas as its first stop for expansion outside Asia. To beat the deeply entrenched competition, it will have to find partners that can adapt to the needs of Asian travelers.

2 months ago

Thomas Cook China Operation Faces Strong Opposition

Thomas Cook China Operation Faces Strong Opposition

Patrick Whyte, Skift

China is a tiny part of its overall business right now, but Thomas Cook is thinking long term. Whether the company's expansion into China is a success or not will probably come down to the strength of its local opposition, which is deeply entrenched.

2 months ago

Thomas Cook Sees Profit Slump in UK Division

Thomas Cook Sees Profit Slump in UK Division

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook indicated that the problems in the UK were specific to this summer and that overall the business is in good shape. That might be the case but if the UK economy is hit by any Brexit-related issues in 2018 it could be a similar story – or worse – next year.

2 months ago

Black Millennial Travelers Plan Trips Around Safety and Acceptance

Black Millennial Travelers Plan Trips Around Safety and Acceptance

Sarah Enelow, Skift

New data suggest that black travelers make decisions based on safety and acceptance, but should black travelers have to pay more than their white counterparts for those benefits?

3 months ago

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Tragedies happen and people keep on traveling because — as an IAC/Expedia official put it soon after 9/11 — without travel there is no life. TUI and other tour operators are optimistic about their forecasts.

5 months ago

Tour Operator CEOs Say Turkey Is Coming Back to Take the Strain Off Spain

Tour Operator CEOs Say Turkey Is Coming Back to Take the Strain Off Spain

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Tour operators have longed for Turkey and, to a lesser extent, Egypt and Tunisia to return to their previous popularity. All of these destinations offer better value to consumers than Spain, which is at close-to-full capacity and more expensive. Their return is also good news for the people who rely on tourism for a living.

5 months ago