How Travel Brands Are Approaching TV Advertising Now

Hotels.com’s Captain Obvious in its COVID-19 Social Distancing TV commercial. The company pivoted its advertising because of the pandemic. Hotels.com Skift Take: Most travel brands aren’t doing TV or much of any advertising now because of the pandemic. But for the ones still broadcasting spots, they’d better be very clever in terms of sensitivities, or … [Read more…]

Travel Agency MisterFly Slams Airlines for Delayed or Denied Refunds

Nicolas Brumelot, co-founder and president of Misterfly, poses at the Paris headquarters of his online travel agency. Source misterfly MisterFly Skift Take: Everyone in the travel industry is frustrated right now with much of the world frozen up. But Nicolas Brumelot, the co-founder and president of travel startup Misterfly, speaks for many agencies frustrated by … [Read more…]

Separating Hype From Emerging Tech’s Real Shortcomings Post-Crisis: New Skift Research

Conference attendee tries using the latest VR goggles in Munich, Germany Stephan Sorkin / Unsplash Skift Take: Not all tech is worth the hype. But then again, the current crisis will likely accelerate the adoption of some worthwhile emerging technologies. It’s important to know how this will impact the travel industry. We’ve set out the … [Read more…]

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo’s Toronto office. Travelzoo Skift Take: Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of that. — Raini Hamdi Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

Second Life Targets Corporate Sector as Travel Lockdown Bites

A virtual meeting in Second Life. Second Life Linden Lab Skift Take: Second Life has every right to reach out to businesses figuring out new ways to work remotely and to better engage potential customers, but there’s a lot of competition right now. — Matthew Parsons Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Vice Chairman Peter Kern sent a memo to employees this week to encourage them to help in away travel partners hurt by coronavirus. Expedia Skift Take: In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company’s travel partners … [Read more…]

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Roastery Toastery is a cafe tucked into a wall next to the entrance to the Chalk Farm Tube station in northwestern London. It’s an example of a place that new travel startup Bimble considers worth sharing with other travelers. Roastery Toastery Skift Take: This week, travel startups Bimble and Pruvo announced they had raised more … [Read more…]

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

Skift Take: There are so many technologies that can and will impact the travel industry, but it’s hard to poke through all the hype and see what will fundamentally change the future of travel. We investigate four technology buckets with the largest potential. — Wouter Geerts Read the Complete Story On Skift

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

An image from a recent Lastminute.com campaign. The parent company is optimistic about a bounceback in demand later this year. LM Holding Skift Take: Given that we still don’t know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel companies. … [Read more…]

Expedia Vice Chairman Tells Employees It’s Time to Focus and Help Our Travel Partners

With Expedia Group employees and partners in attendance, Good Morning American anchor Robin Roberts interviewed Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller on stage at the Expedia Explore ’19 conference in Las Vegas November 14, 2019. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: There will be a reckoning and perhaps a reordering of the competitive landscape … [Read more…]