Arrests in Hong Kong

After China voted to pass its National Security Law on Tuesday, the first arrests have been made in Hong Kong for “unauthorized assemblies” and actions that “undermine national unification.” On Wednesday, thousands gathered for the annual pro-democracy rally marking the end of British rule — the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s independence from Britain. Demonstrators … [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…]

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…]

Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

A China Southern aircraft. All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. China Southern Skift Take: Travelsky, China’s travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app … [Read more…]

Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Kevin King, chief operating officer of Shiji Group (left) spoke to Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at Skift Tech Forum June 2019 in San Francisco. The Trump Administration on Friday demanded that Beijing-based Shiji unwind its acquisition of StayNTouch, the hotel property management system. Skift Skift Take: This is a highly unusual action. … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Sees Brand Collaborations as Key to Restoring Growth on Steroids

Booking Holdings believes it can gain a more complete view of travelers at the airport or in their destinations to boost the number of repeat customers. Medjet Skift Take: The road back to a flywheel of growth would be a lengthy one for Booking Holdings. Google has a ton of data, too, as do other … [Read more…]

Travelzoo Places Bet on Social Media Marketing in China

A look at Travelzoo’s content being promoted in Mandarin on social media channels. The deals marketer is aiming to expand profitably in China. Sean O’Neill / Skift Skift Take: In traditional business logic, the big beat the small. But in Asia-Pacific today, fast companies beat the slow ones. It’s an open question whether Travelzoo can … [Read more…]

An In-Depth Look at Hotel Chain Oyo’s Financials and Strategy: New Skift Research

Skift Take: Oyo promises a new type of hotel company. It’s an asset-light brand that seeks to connect the global long tail of mom-and-pop hotels through its tech and distribution platform. But can it live up to the hype? Skift Research dives deep into Oyo’s business strategy and financial performance. — Seth Borko Read the … [Read more…]