Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A Chinese traveler at an airport May 27, 2020. Expedia Group launch a recovery plan to stimulate travel demand. Adobe Skift Take: In our coronavirus-related stories this week, Skift covered Expedia Group’s industry recovery plan, the United Airlines CEO’s hopes to avoid bankruptcy, hotel rate negotiations with corporate travel agencies, and what 100,000 coronavirus deaths … [Read more…]

RV and Outdoor Recreation Companies See a Boom in Bookings

Enney Ranch is an 850-acre cattle and grain ranch in Paso Robles, California, which is open to guests who book tents via Tentrr, an online service. Tentrr Skift Take: The great outdoors is appealing to many people who have been cooped up under stay-at-home restrictions. It’s no wonder that several booking services for camping and … [Read more…]

Trip.com Group’s Venture Arm Bets on GreenCloud Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The Wuhan Narada Grand Hotel, part of the Narada Group, a chain that uses the services of GreenCloud, a hotel tech company that has raised another round of funding. Narada Group Skift Take: Travel startups that have raised fresh funding include GreenCloud, a hotel software firm, Bobobox, a pod hotel brand, React Mobile, a maker … [Read more…]

Travel after changing Hong Kong laws

On May 28, the Chinese government in Beijing signaled that it would press for and enforce new security laws in Hong Kong. Once enacted, which could happen as soon as June, Beijing will better be able to control the judicial system in Hong Kong, as well as curb anti-government protests and other civil liberties. Beijing … [Read more…]

Trip.com Group Highlights Signs of a China Travel Rebound Despite a Sobering Outlook

Tourists pose for a photo inside the Shanghai Disneyland theme park in east China’s Shanghai, May 11, 2020. China’s domestic short-haul travel is recovering. Ren Long / Alamy Live News Skift Take: China had a head start on both the pandemic and the travel recovery. Trip.com Group’s international business is languishing because of factors beyond … [Read more…]

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

A file photo of TripAdvisor users in Cartagena, Colombia from a video 5 Rising Destinations in Latin America to Discover. Tripadvisor Skift Take: The liability protections that online travel businesses such as Airbnb, Google and Tripadvisor enjoy under the Communications Decency Act could be collateral damage in President Trump’s effort to go after Twitter and … [Read more…]