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 Travel Leather Passport Organizer Holder Card Case … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 Travel Leather Passport Organizer Holder Card Case Protector Cover Wallet US $4.99End Date: Friday Jul-3-2020 22:49:26 PDTBuy It Now for only: $4.99Buy It Now | Add to watch list … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [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…]

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 Travel Leather Passport Organizer Holder Card Case Protector Cover Wallet … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

AirAsia’s Expansion Into Online Travel Draws Skepticism From Potential Competitors

Aireen Omar, deputy group CEO for technology and digital at AirAsia speaking with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore on May 27, 2019. Richard Lau / Skift Skift Take: It’s obvious that executives from Booking, Expedia, and Rakuten are laying odds that AirAsia won’t be very successful in striving … [Read more…]