Tripadvisor’s Executive Shake-Up and 14 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Tripadvisor is restructuring in an effort to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded field. Shutterstock Skift Take: Tripadvisor — in a fight to maintain its share of the travel market — is beefing up Viator and will start treating the tours-and-activities booking agency as its own brand. Plus, after years of criticism for prioritizing its … [Read more…]

What’s Behind Barry Diller’s Patient Approach to Expedia?

Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp and chairman of Expedia Group, spoke during the WSJ D.Live global technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on October 17, 2017. Diller has been making changes at Expedia Group. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg Skift Take: It increasingly looks like what we expected will happen … [Read more…]

Wex Buys Enett From Travelport for $1.7 Billion in a Travel Payments Mashup

A shot of Melissa Smith, Chair and CEO of payments company Wex, while speaking during a Ted Talk. Smith led the acquisition of eNett, a travel sector payments company. Wex Skift Take: With this deal, Wex now becomes a powerhouse in assisting business-to-business travel payments worldwide. The deal also gives cash to seller Travelport, which … [Read more…]

Seattle Museum Month: The Arts & Culture-Lovers Tour

Seattle Museum Month, February 1-29, offers Seattle visitors staying in one of our 60+ partner hotels an unbeatable value: 50% off admission at 41 museums, including many of Seattle’s most popular attractions. You can go to as many museums as you like during your stay, and up to four people staying in the hotel room … [Read more…]

Seattle Museum Month:Fun for the Whole Family

Seattle Museum Month, February 1-29, offers Seattle visitors staying in one of our 60+ partner hotels an unbeatable value: 50% off admission at 41 museums, including many of Seattle’s most popular attractions. You can go to as many museums as you like during your stay, and up to four people staying in the hotel room … [Read more…]

Dog-friendly hotels around the world

Dogs are part of the family, and as that group dynamic has evolved, it’s only natural that our vacationing style has too. More of us are traveling with pets, and to meet this demand, hotels around the world are not only catering to this market, but they’re also creating a whole new genre of doggy-lux. … [Read more…]

Why follow the Camino de Norte

Since the 1990s, the medieval pilgrimage El Camino de Santiago has seen a resurgence in popularity, seeing over 300,000 pilgrims a year. It’s not surprising why this pilgrimage has become so popular. It’s easily accessible with diverse route options, luggage transportation services, and various accommodation types, from hostels to elegant inns. However, over-tourism is becoming … [Read more…]

Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

Shown here is Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts. TripAdvisor Skift Take: Flush with SoftBank and other venture capital money, GetYourGuide and Klook, as well as Airbnb and Booking.com, are nipping at Tripadvisor’s heels in tours and activities. Tripadvisor will try to leverage its brand, Viator, which already had a following before Tripadvisor absorbed it, … [Read more…]

Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project

An image of a hotel that’s part of the Accor Group portfolio, the Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island in North Queensland, Australia, that belongs to the Mantra brand. Accor is doing a pilot test with technology vendor Sabre for a major overhaul of its digital systems. Accor Skift Take: Accor recently rebranded … [Read more…]

Ultimate guide to uphill skiing

If you’ve visited a ski resort in the last few years, you may have noticed signs stating “uphill access point” near the base. While riding the chair to your favorite runs, you might also have casually looked down at the skiers on the run below and noticed a few going against the grain — sliding, … [Read more…]