Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A scene from an event last year at the venue NuBel in Madrid, which was advertised on the booking site Fever. The event tech startup Fever, which studies consumer data to recommend experiences for booking and helps companies plan events, has raised a $35 million round. Fever Skift Take: This week travel startups announced more … [Read more…]

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

In 2019, Despegar launched a rebranded logo and marketing campaign that included tote bags with a theme of the online travel agency helping people plan all parts of their trip. The logo was done by brand consultant Saffron. Despegar Skift Take: Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

TripAdvisor saw decreased free traffic from Google in the second quarter of 2019. Pictured is Google Maps, a key part of Google’s travel initiatives. Bloomberg Skift Take: A new loyalty program and a brand campaign to bolster direct traffic and user engagement are among the measures TripAdvisor is working on to counter the fact that … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Need for Urgency Under New Exec Structure

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel wants to speed up the pace of execution at the company. BTO / Flickr Skift Take: Booking Holdings, along with Expedia Group, have both had to deal with acquisitions and integrations that have been taking too long. Booking officials are undoubtedly frustrated with the pace of progress at OpenTable and … [Read more…]

Want a Pristine, Private Beach All to Yourself? Sandee’s Got You Covered

You could find yourself here with the help of Sand.ee. Thomas Depenbusch (Depi) / Flickr Skift Take: Ever find yourself desperate to find a private black-sand beach but don’t have time to aimlessly search in a rental car? Consider Sand.ee, a new website and soon-to-be app, the latest brand that wants to give consumers more … [Read more…]

Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Kevin King, chief commercial officer of Shiji Group, left, speaks at Skift Tech Forum. Skift Skift Take: Since 2016, Shiji has spent $141 million on acquisitions and investments across 10 tech companies outside of China, according to our review of its financial filings. Yet we still don’t grasp the overseas strategy of the hospitality tech … [Read more…]

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

An outdoor common area in a London listing on Airbnb. A study found that most lists on Airbnb in the UK were from hosts who have multiple listings. Airbnb Skift Take: The professionalization of Airbnb may mean cleaner bedsheets and more front desks. But it may also contribute to higher home prices to the detriment … [Read more…]

Marriott’s China Joint Venture Lifts Direct Booking and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Celebrations at Alibaba’s Ali Day 2019 in China. Marriott is hoping to capture some of this enthusiasm in the form of direct bookings through its joint venture with Alibaba. Skift Skift Take: In digital news this week, Marriott’s tie-up with China’s e-commerce giant is driven by the hotel chain’s strategy to do more direct bookings, … [Read more…]

Booking Quietly Taps Google Heavy Hitter to Lead Marketing in Exec Reorg

Arjan Dijk, a former Google executie, is the new chief marketing officer at Booking.com. Skift Take: Glenn Fogel adding CEO to his Booking.com title as Gillian Tans transitioned to a one-year chairwoman role was not the only element of the management shakeup at the parent company’s largest brand in June. The executive changes were more … [Read more…]

Socio Raises $6 Million for Event Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

An example of an event in London managed with technology by Socio, a startup that has raised funding. Socio Skift Take: This week travel startups announced approximately $95 million in funding. One standout was Socio, a company that offers software for managing events. Its funding highlights a broader trend of investment in the event tech … [Read more…]