Booking.com Rolls Out Cleanliness Requirements for Rental Listings

A villa for rent on booking service OneFineStay, owned by Accor, and located in Saint Barthelemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island commonly known as St. Barts. Booking.com took the unusual step on Thursday of requiring alternative accommodation partners to commit to a minimal cleanliness score. OneFineStaySkift Take: Some rental property managers will appreciate Booking.com providing some…… Continue reading Booking.com Rolls Out Cleanliness Requirements for Rental Listings

Amazon Barriers to Entry and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Amazon debuted virtual tours, and also has a domestic flights partnership in India. AmazonSkift Take: In Skift’s top travel stories this week, we covered Amazon’s debut of virtual tours, Airbnb reinstating suspended listings from Domio, the prospect of hotel defaults, and JetBlue founder David Neeleman delaying the launch of his new airline. — Dennis SchaalRead…… Continue reading Amazon Barriers to Entry and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

The Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah, which is one of the places Inspirato offers to members of some of its membership-based travel programs. AmangiriSkift Take: Skift cited the subscription model as one of the megatrends to watch in travel this year. So we were intrigued to see that Inspirato and BeRightBack, two pure-play efforts…… Continue reading Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

Capital One Acquires Freebird’s Flight Disruption Tech

A woman at an airport wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Capital One acquired Freebird, a business-to-business startup whose predictive technology lets agents sell smarter flight insurance and rebooking services. AdobeSkift Take: Freebird has gone kaput but the concept of predictive intelligence smoothing out the travel experience will only gain strength during the rebound…… Continue reading Capital One Acquires Freebird’s Flight Disruption Tech

New Sites and Apps Aim to Dispel Confusion About Travel Restrictions Worldwide

Passengers of a flight from Amsterdam wearing protective face masks arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, following the easing of measures against the spread of coronavirus disease, in Athens, Greece, June 15, 2020. Alkis Konstantinidis / ReutersSkift Take: Who isn’t confused about the ever-changing pandemic-related restrictions in place? It’s good to have some more…… Continue reading New Sites and Apps Aim to Dispel Confusion About Travel Restrictions Worldwide

Google Adds Trip-Planning Features for Pandemic-Weary Travelers

A screenshot of a new “free cancellation filter for hotel” feature on Google’s travel-related set of search tools. The feature debuted in August 2020. GoogleSkift Take: A consumer habit of turning to Google first to look up pandemic-related travel restrictions may help establish Google in their minds as the brand to turn to first when…… Continue reading Google Adds Trip-Planning Features for Pandemic-Weary Travelers

How Covid-19 Is Reshaping Consumer Behavior — and What That Means for Travel Brands Right Now

Skift Take: The Covid-19 pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of the travel business as new habits, concerns, and demands become top of mind for consumers. Travel and hospitality companies should be paying close attention to these shifts to stay relevant and maintain trust in today’s challenging environment. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

A jetty for guest arrivals at the Baros Maldives, a luxury property in the Baros resort island in the Maldives that reopens October 1, 2020. Baros MaldivesSkift Take: A hotel price war hasn’t materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a source…… Continue reading Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

Europe Sees Modest Rebound in Cheap Flight Bookings: New Skyscanner Data

Young Asian woman with backpack in international airport looking at the flight information timetables board. Skyscanner, the travel price-comparison brand, has shared data suggesting a rebound in some types of flight bookings in Europe for cheap short hops. AdobeSkift Take: If you’re looking for flickers of hope, new data suggests that budget airlines are seeing…… Continue reading Europe Sees Modest Rebound in Cheap Flight Bookings: New Skyscanner Data

Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Skift Take: Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn’t appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn’t have to — it’s Google. Don’t look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift