How Australia’s Webjet Is Building a Global Business by Going Wholesale

The WebBeds logo. Parent company Webjet is after more B2B acquisitions. Webjet Skift Take: Webjet has really transformed its business over the past few years through a couple of sizable acquisitions. The Australian consumer market is proving pretty tough, so pursuing a strategy of global expansion in the wholesale arena makes sense. — Patrick Whyte … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor Drops Outmoded Little Wiser Owl Character From Ads

A screenshot from a TripAdvisor ad campaign that kicked off August 15, 2019. TripAdvisor Skift Take: TripAdvisor’s new ad campaign is more hip than its usual fare. It also shows where its business is heading with hotel booking eventually having to share the limelight with tours and dining. — Dennis Schaal High Sierra Sumner Backpack … [Read more…]

Bragging about travel is the worst

I strained my calf a while ago. Scintillating, I know, but there’s a point here. A friend I hadn’t seen in a while noticed me limping when I went to visit her, and she asked me how I hurt my leg. High Sierra Sumner Backpack $13.99End Date: Thursday Sep-12-2019 8:19:17 PDTBuy It Now for only: … [Read more…]

Travel in Italy by scooter or Vespa

Italy’s varied landscape lends itself perfectly to exploration by scooter, or a Vespa if you really want to look like an Italian local. Its hairpin coastal roads, gentle hills, and mountain passes are best appreciated on two wheels, not stuck inside a car, and scooter riding gives you the freedom to stop off spontaneously along … [Read more…]

Hostelworld Wants to Offer More Than Just Accommodations

The roof terrace at Casa Gracia in Barcelona. Hostelworld sees a future beyond accommodation. Hostelworld Skift Take: CEO Gary Morrison has shaken things up since taking over at Hostelworld last year. His new strategy will take time to play out, but as a niche business, it seems sensible to try and do things differently from … [Read more…]

Travelport, IBM and BCD Travel Use Blockchain to Manage Hotel Commissions

Pool at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Loews Hotels Skift Take: Blockchain isn’t as hyped up as it used to be during the bitcoin craze, but companies are still finding its function as a secure ledger useful. If this catches on, it could provide some much-needed transparency to the hotel reconciliation process. — Isaac Carey … [Read more…]

Museum, zoo, and aquarium overnights

Ben Stiller had us all a little jealous. Like, how cool would it be to get trapped in the American Museum of Natural History and spend the night conversing with Teddy Roosevelt and a T-rex skeleton? Terrifying, yes, but still very, very cool. Sadly, odds are all those exhibits will never actually come to life, … [Read more…]

Best trek in Peru

A trek up the magnificent mountains of Peru is a life-changing experience. I set out to trek a lesser-known route to Machu Picchu as well as its remote surrounding regions. Due to its intense difficulty, the 35-mile expedition along the Ancascocha route is not well-known — meaning you may find yourself alone there. Trails wind … [Read more…]

What Makes Millennial, Gen Z Travelers From India and China So Different From Western Peers

Millennial and Gen Z travelers from India and China are avid and optimistic travelers. In the photo, three young women take a selfie on a smartphone. Tri Hua / Pexels Skift Take: With millennials pushing 40 years old and Gen Z entering the workforce, each of these generational cohorts will only grow in importance to … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Booking CEO Glenn Fogel Sees Cryptocurrency Potential

Glenn Fogel of Booking Holdings believes that new payment systems will go a long way in developing a more seamless travel experience. Pictured is Fogel at Fortune Brainstorm Tech. Fortune Brainstorm Tech / Skift Take: Whether it’s payments or overtourism, Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel has a lot to say about — and a … [Read more…]