Google’s Hotel Site and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google main campus in Mountain View, California. Niharb / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Google’s easy-to-use hotel destination threatens to shake up the booking industry, and we explore the potential impact of Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to regulate big tech. Plus, multi-purpose delivery platform Meituan Dianping takes over as the go-to site for … [Read more…]

If Only Vacation Planning Were Just Another Project to Manage on Trello

Trill boards are being used to collaborate and plan vacations. Pictured is an MGM property in Las Vegas. Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s often true that the best ideas or inventions for travel are those that originate outside the sector. Could this be one? — Deanna Ting Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

Datalex Seeks Cash Injection After Debacle on Lufthansa Tech Project

An image of Datalex’s annual report from 2015. The Dublin-based software firm had to restate its 2018 financial results because of an overly rosy estimate of how its project for its most important customer, Lufthansa Group, would progress. Datalex Skift Take: Datalex, which provides tech to help power ticket booking on airline websites, is desperate … [Read more…]

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Facebook — the next super app? The Associated Press Skift Take: China leads the super app phenomenon and Facebook is following in its footsteps several years later with big ambitions to be the WeChat of the world — outside China, of course. — Raini Hamdi Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

A Meituan delivery guy is waiting for red light on October 23, 2016. The company claims to be the largest booker of hotel rooms within China. Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images Skift Take: Meituan has an advantage in travel over some of its competitors because it is a platform company, offering an extensive … [Read more…]

New eBook: The Travel Marketer’s Guide to Mastering Display Advertising

Skift Take: As travel brands demand greater transparency into marketing performance data, they are rethinking their agency relationships and moving marketing operations in-house to gain more control over the creative process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Airlines, Hotels and Other Brands Are Tired of Paying Google for Their Own Names

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg Skift Take: Google risks alienating users if it doesn’t deliver the best results. As it seeks to maximize revenue on search results the “best results” aren’t always what would be best for users. — … [Read more…]

Certify and Chrome River Join Forces and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

A promotional photo of a man using Concur on his iPad. Sector leader SAP Concur might be getting some competition from recently-merged Certify and Chrome River. SAP Concur Skift Take: This week in digital news, expense giant SAP Concur may finally be getting some real competition, we go into the details of CWT’s plans to … [Read more…]

BookingPal Raises $12 Million for Rental Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Shown here is an example of a luxury vacation rental of the type that uses BookingPal’s channel management services. This week travel startups including BookingPal, Instawork, Withlocals, Ayenda Rooms, and Ayenda Rooms together announced more than $30 million in funding. BookingPal Skift Take: This week travel startups BookingPal, Instawork, Withlocals, Ayenda Rooms, and Questo together … [Read more…]

Expedia CEO Rips Hilton’s ‘Stop Clicking Around’ Campaign As Misguided

Hilton’s “Stop Clicking Around” campaign. Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom wasn’t a fan. Hilton Skift Take: We’re pretty sure Hilton chief Chris Nassetta would disagree. — Patrick Whyte Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case Cover US $8.99End Date: Friday Oct-4-2019 1:55:00 PDTBuy It Now for only: $8.99Buy It Now | … [Read more…]