China Bans the Tripadvisor App Controlled by the Country’s Own Trip.com Group

Trip.com Group CEO Jane Sun delivered the keynote speech at the ITB China banquet in 2019. The Chinese government banned the Tripadvisor app, which is controlled by Trip.com Group. ITB China 2019Skift Take: China’s move to ban the Tripadvisor-branded app is somewhat of a head scratcher since the app is actually controlled by China’s Trip.com…… Continue reading China Bans the Tripadvisor App Controlled by the Country’s Own Trip.com Group

Online Travel Innovation May Emerge From Big Tech Crackdown on 3 Continents🔒

Skift Take: Regulators in China, Europe, and the U.S. can certainly screw up on execution of their goals with over-regulation, under-regulation, or initiatives that are off-target. But there’s something happening around the globe that points to a new and potentially hopeful era for competition and innovation. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

The Largest IPO in History Just Happened and It Has a Huge Travel Angle

Skift Take: Booking.com, Airbnb, Marriott, and every high-end retail shop on the Champs-Élysées want to see the proliferation of Alipay and other digital payment services to capture the spending of Chinese travelers. But Alipay’s key cross-border payments strategy, despite a record-setting IPO, has run into major snags. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Expedia Cuts More Jobs and 13 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Expedia Group began a second round of layoffs this week. Pictured is CEO Peter Kern. Expedia GroupSkift Take: In Skift’s top stories this week, Expedia conducted another round of layoffs, tech investors are drooling over the events industry, American Airlines is mulling bringing back the 737 Max before the end of the year, and Google…… Continue reading Expedia Cuts More Jobs and 13 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Justice Department Very Close to Addressing Some of the Travel Industry’s Google Problems

Skift Take: If the U.S. Department of Justice indeed takes imminent steps to begin the process of leveling the playing field for Google’s travel advertisers and competitors in other verticals, the size of the impact would depend on the specifics. There will be a lot of wrangling — and this could be the beginning of…… Continue reading Justice Department Very Close to Addressing Some of the Travel Industry’s Google Problems

China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

The exterior of a Wangfujing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. Trip.com Group said the high-end hotel sector is propelling its financial results. Mandarin OrientalSkift Take: In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn’t hurt Trip.com Group to be based in…… Continue reading China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

China commits to carbon neutrality

One of the only ways to curb the climate crisis is for countries to make a concerted effort to reduce their emissions. China is setting a lofty goal for itself, committing to becoming carbon neutral before 2060. This announcement, made to the United Nations general assembly, gives the UN a nudge in the right direction…… Continue reading China commits to carbon neutrality

What Trump’s WeChat Ban May Mean for the Travel Sector

An image of a WeChat app user. Many U.S. based travel companies are reviewing an executive order from President Trump that bans WeChat, a superapp owned by tech giant Tencent. TencentSkift Take: Trump’s ban on the Chinese superapp WeChat may turn out to be a mere annoyance for many Chinese travelers. But it could cause…… Continue reading What Trump’s WeChat Ban May Mean for the Travel Sector

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…… Continue reading Arrests in Hong Kong