Big Long-Term Gains Ahead for Southeast Asia Online Travel, Even With Pandemic Setback

Asian travlers on mobile phones in Hanoi. Ed Yourdon / Visual HuntSkift Take: The pandemic has brought about a permanent and massive digital adoption in Southeast Asia. This structural change should be good for online travel. But first it has to swallow a great deal of bad. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift

Travel Companies Adapt to a Livestreaming Trend That May Outlast the Pandemic

James Jianzhang Liang, chairman of Trip.com Group and co-founder of Ctrip.com, has done a couple of dozen “Boss Live Stream” webcasts in 2020. Trip.com GroupSkift Take: The pandemic rapidly sped up a trend in livestreams. But the early success of Trip.com Group’s and Alibaba Group’s Fliggy webcasts marketing travel suggests that the phenomenon is here…… Continue reading Travel Companies Adapt to a Livestreaming Trend That May Outlast the Pandemic

Where can US citizens travel in Asia

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over, some countries have introduced effective measures to limit transmission and are once again welcoming tourists. US citizens and residents don’t have as many travel options as they used to, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nowhere they can go. Several Asian countries have already opened…… Continue reading Where can US citizens travel in Asia

Hard-Hit Tours Sector Gets Vote of Confidence With $75 Million in Funding for Booking Agency in Asia

A guest enjoys the New Taipei City Breeze Canal wakeboarding experience by the MS Water Ski Club, bookable via the agency KKday. The travel experiences booking agency KKday said Tuesday it had closed a $75 million Series C round of funding. New Taipei City Breeze Canal Wakeboarding ExperienceSkift Take: KKday has returned to growth thanks…… Continue reading Hard-Hit Tours Sector Gets Vote of Confidence With $75 Million in Funding for Booking Agency in Asia

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.jpSkift Take: Take a look at how Japan’s most popular messaging app has approached travel…… Continue reading Japan’s Top Messaging App Has a Pandemic-Mindful Strategy for Domestic Tourism

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.comSkift 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 serious…… Continue reading What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

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

Timeshifter – The Jet Lag App. TimeshifterSkift 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 a…… Continue reading Jet Lag App Timeshifter Makes Moves on Asia’s Hotels, Airlines

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 JapanSkift 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 in…… Continue reading Can Loyalty Points Transform Travel Metasearch? A Japanese Case Study