Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

Google Maps rolled out an augmented reality feature. A traveler tries it in Vietnam. Justanothersimian / YouTube Skift Take: When you’re Google, you can take more than a decade to hone a product such as Google Maps and attract more than a billion users without having to worry that it isn’t making lots of money. … [Read more…]

Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Israel’s Jaffa Port, with Tel Aviv’s hotels in the background. Smartair, an Israeli travel startup, has raised a $6 million round of funding. Dana Friedlander / Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Skift Take: This week travel startups announced more than $46 million in funding. Of note, two of the companies, Smartair and Tastemakers, are making bets … [Read more…]

Texas man to visit every Starbucks

Everyone has an obsession. Maybe it’s craft beer, or videos of kittens, or in the case of a 47-year-old man from Houston, Texas, named Winter (born Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr.), it’s Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks, home of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Unicorn Frappuccino, beverages that transcended their humble origins and became cultural touchstones. There … [Read more…]

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market

China Eastern Airlines is one of many domestic Chinese airlines to rely on TravelSky, a tech vendor, for its computing needs. TravelSky reported its first-half 2019 earnings on Thursday. China Eastern Airlines Skift Take: New data from China’s travel tech giant TravelSky shows that the country’s pace of air travel growth slowed in the first … [Read more…]

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around

An aircraft in the sky. eDreams is diversifying its product offering. tatsuo yamaguchi / Flickr Skift Take: EDreams believes it has developed a long-term recipe for success but needs time to realize those gains. If it can convince enough people to sign up — and stay signed up — to its subscription service it might … [Read more…]

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit

You’ve got parcel. Grab Vietnam. Grab Singapore Skift Take: After Indonesia, Grab’s next biggest battleground is Vietnam. No surprise there, it’s a rapidly growing economy with all the ingredients for a ridehailing explosion. Naturally Grab is not alone — rivals are aplenty. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift