Why Skyscanner Is Closing Its Stand-Alone Local Recommendations App

Ctrip CEO Jane Sun in conversation with Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein at the 2019 Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado in 2019. On September 16, Skyscanner, which is owned by Ctrip Group, will close the Trip by Skyscanner user-generated content website and mobile app once known as Gogobot. Ctrip Group Skift Take: … [Read more…]

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Red Collection’s St. Clair Hotel in downtown Chicago. Red Roof is getting aggressive about wanting travelers to book direct. Red Roof Skift Take: This week in digital news, Red Roof launched a new best-rate guarantee program that provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third-party site, and … [Read more…]

Alipay Expands to Cater to Chinese Tourists in Europe

Anthony Kwan / Bloomberg Skift Take: Travel brands and destinations take note: Offering digital mobile payment methods is an effective way to appeal to Chinese outbound travelers, who are adopting apps like Alipay and WePay in ever growing numbers. — Faye Chiu High Sierra Sumner Backpack $13.99End Date: Thursday Sep-12-2019 8:19:17 PDTBuy It Now for … [Read more…]

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

Some banknotes from the United Kingdom. On the Beach Group shares plunged after the UK-based online seller of package vacations warned full-year profit will miss expectations because of the weakening pound. Bloomberg Skift Take: A drop in the value of the British pound relative to the euro and the dollar is pressuring On the Beach. … [Read more…]

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…]