Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Amazon launches flight bookings in India, reentering travel. Mike Mackenzie / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Amazon’s quest to become the world’s all-purpose app continues, MakeMyTrip seeks growth in China, and TripAdvisor adds new filters to enhance safety and transparency. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage … [Read more…]

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767, photographed on August 8, 2016 from Wolfe Air Learjet 25B. Amazon launched a domestic flight service in India. Chad Slattery / Amazon Skift Take: Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning. … [Read more…]

Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Amazon previously tried selling hotel stays via weekend getaways, but is trying anew with flights in India. Skift Skift Take: The same rules that apply to run-of-the-mill travel sellers do not necessarily apply to Amazon. While cash back on flights in India may seem loss-generating and unsustainable, for Amazon it could be a winning strategy. … [Read more…]

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YouTrip’s co-founder and CEO Caecilia Chu. The startup, founded in Hong Kong, helps travelers save money when making purchases in a foreign currency. It has raised $25.5 million in pre-Series A funding. YouTrip Skift Take: This week’s travel startups, including YouTrip, GetYourGuide, Away, and Anyplace, announced more than $611 million in funding. — Sean O’Neill … [Read more…]

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, April 2018. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Skift Take: As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China’s No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market. — Faye Chiu 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings May Buy More Companies and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, speaks at Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2017. Brainstorm Tech Skift Take: This week in digital news, Booking Holdings looks at tactics to keep growing, and Spanish company Amadeus is taking off in the U.S. Plus, check out our deep dive into the intricacies and challenges of working with government agencies … [Read more…]

Travelport’s Plans to Go Private Held Up by Russian Regulators

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson was in high spirits when his company debuted on the public markets in New York in 2014. The travel technology company quietly reported its first quarter 2019 earnings on Friday. The company is weeks away from going private. Travelport Skift Take: Russian regulators have put up obstacles to the long-discussed buyout … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Empire Tiptoes Toward Quiet Collaboration

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel photographed in 2017. Fogel has a vision of his conglomerate touching the lives of its users more often than just for a one-off lodging or flight booking. Natasha Miller / Booking Holdings Skift Take: As Booking Holdings brands try to cross-sell their customers on more products, such as attractions, restaurants, … [Read more…]

CEO Hints Booking Holdings Is Ready to Buy More Companies

One part of the lobby of the Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam. The online travel agency is the largest unit in Booking Holdings, which reported earnings on Thursday. Booking.com Skift Take: Falling victim to the so-called law of large numbers, Booking Holdings saw its total revenues for the first quarter drop 3 percent from the prior … [Read more…]

Expedia Being Investigated for Conspiring With Hotels to Suppress Competition

The Expedia app. The company is under investigation in Utah. Bloomberg Skift Take: These are some pretty serious allegations but we’ll have to wait and see how far this one gets before any juicy details emerge. — Patrick Whyte 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage w/Lock 16"- 28" 4OPTS $83.90End Date: Friday … [Read more…]