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Japan’s Top Messaging App Has a Pandemic-Mindful Strategy for Domestic Tourism

A user in Tokyo looks at information about the country’s domestic tourism campaign via the LineTravel.jp superapp. Line Travel Japan is helping the country try to boost tourism without spreading the pandemic by targeting discounts to residents of specific areas. LineTravel.jp Skift Take: Take a look at how Japan’s most popular messaging app has approached […]

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Booking’s Agoda Cuts 1,500 Workers in Asia

Agoda’s logo. Photo credit: Agoda Skift Take: At first, John Brown cut costs rather than staff, including foregoing his salary for the rest of 2020. But the Agoda CEO now has to take the last measure, citing a deeper and more prolonged recovery than expected. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift

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What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

Trip.com CEO Jane Sun is seeing signs of recovery in China’s domestic travel market as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country. Trip.com Skift Take: For Trip.com Group’s top leader, the message is clear. Countries around the world should not squander any chances to control the virus, and neither should the travel industry let a […]

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Asian Travelers to Go Slow and Solo in 2020, Online Searches Reveal

The joy of traveling alone. Klook Skift Take: Asian tourist behavior is changing, reflecting a more mindful — and responsible — traveler overall. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Jet Lag App Timeshifter Makes Moves on Asia’s Hotels, Airlines

Timeshifter – The Jet Lag App. Timeshifter Skift Take: Timeshifter, brandishing NASA-approved science, wants to revolutionize how the travel industry helps guests fight jet lag. The science has won consumers over, and is a no-brainer for airlines. But in Asia’s cutthroat hotel business, how it can integrate the app into different branded programs is perhaps […]

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Can Loyalty Points Transform Travel Metasearch? A Japanese Case Study

Line Travel app. The Japanese online travel player aims to differentiate itself by offering loyalty points rewards. Line Travel Japan Skift Take: Line Travel Japan’s new rewards initiative is a neat, innovative way to upsell online travel agencies, but it represents a whole lot more. It’s a sign of loftier metasearch ambitions to own customers […]

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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 […]

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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

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MakeMyTrip Grows Despite Turbulence in India’s Airline Sector

A view inside the main MakeMyTrip offices in Gurgaon, India. On Tuesday the online travel agency group reported its latest earnings. MakeMyTrip Skift Take: The past year has been a horror show for India’s aviation sector. So MakeMyTrip deserves kudos for continuing to grow its air ticketing and overall sales despite the upheaval. But executives […]

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Ebix to Acquire India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $338 Million

Ebix chairman and CEO Robin Raina talks at Ebix Presents TV18 India Rising Summit 2019, a pan-India thought leadership effort sponsored by Raina’s U.S.-based software company. Ebix, an Atlanta-based tech company, is buying Indian-based travel services provider, is acquiring India’s online travel company Yatra for about $380 million. Ebix Skift Take: Corporate travel and event […]