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Google uses Frommer’s and Zagat to solve its Yelp and TripAdvisor problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With both Frommer's and Zagat in the fold, Google may be able to solve the problem that's plagued travel companies for the last decade: How to effectively bridge travel and local.

6 years ago

Don’t worry about a downturn, the Chinese are still traveling in droves

Nick Edwards, Reuters

If the consumers are still traveling and spending -- and Chinese trips are all about spending-- then why doubt China's growth? If they stop, then we'll know the downturn's for real.

6 years ago

Post-Google acquisition, Frommer’s keeping book editors and laying off online staff

Rafat Ali, Skift

Google obviously has clear ideas how it wants to run the brand and the people on staff who they think can do it. But, still, it's a boost for old-media morale when book editors are safe in a merger and an online team is shown the door.

6 years ago

Delta and Virgin America passengers get free inflight access to eBay via Gogo Wi-Fi

Inflight Wi-Fi company Gogo provides free Wi-Fi for a number of partners, but probably hopes customers will end up paying Gogo to reach the sites they care about instead of browsing eBay for free.

6 years ago

Emirates announces it will restart service to Libyan capital Tripoli

Associated Press

The Middle East is becoming reconnected as flights return to cities that were previously not serviced by airlines due to violent uprisings during the Arab Spring.

6 years ago

Canadian hotels adding inclusive services for mobility-impaired travelers

Where there is a need, there is a market, good to see hotels aiming solutions at mobility-impaired travelers.

6 years ago

Google’s third big foray in travel: Buying Frommer’s for $23 million

Google’s third big foray in travel: Buying Frommer’s for $23 million

Google going for local, where the real money is for the company, and it looks at trave through that lens as well. Hence Frommer's.

6 years ago

Room rates in Moscow and Lagos are highest, but Latin America increasing fastest

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While the financial crisis drags down room rates in Europe, big cities in Latin America are flexing their muscles and attracting business travelers who are paying higher room rates.

6 years ago

Traditional travel agencies risk being outdated by not embracing online reviews

Some old-school operators like Thomas Cook who still publish their reviews primarily on paper could be missing out on business from a younger generation who use web-based reviews for travel decisions.

6 years ago

Buenos Aires subway isn’t running for the 10th day in a row as strikes continue

At the current rate of negotiations, now would be a opportune time to boost bike and car sharing programs within the capital city as commuters are left to find alternative transportation for a second work week.

6 years ago

The most dynamic cities of 2025: Think mostly China

Unless some catastrophic event changes the course of history, the future of the world -- and indeed travel -- will be defined in Chinese.

6 years ago

A pilot strike at easyJet will disrupt flights in France and Portugal

Josie Gurney-Read, The Daily Telegraph

As strikes during the summer in Europe go, this one is pretty tame. What ever happened to a country-wide transit strike that cripples transport in Greece, France, Italy, or Spain?

6 years ago