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U.S. Customs Looks to Blockchain and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

A U.S. Customs and Border Security agent at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Mani Albrecht / U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs Visual Communications Division Skift Take: This week in digital news, the federal government considers blockchain for monitoring travelers, the EU will wait to put Google’s flight and hotel platforms […]

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Guesty Raises $35 Million to Manage Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Several employees of Guesty, a vacation rental property management startup that has raised $35 million in Series C funding, gather for a team photo. Amiad Soto, co-founder and CEO of Guesty, is not present. Guesty Skift Take: This week travel startups Guesty, The Plum Guide, Zeus, Zuzu, Welcome Pickups, Vntrip, and Hostfully revealed more than […]

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Amadeus Buys Airport Self-Service Baggage Firm to Diversify Further

A view of the self-bag drop lanes for Qantas at Sydney’s International Airport which ICM Airport Technics, a company that Amadeus has just acquired, builds and operates. ICM Airport Technics Skift Take: Automated bag-drop technology may be widespread at major airports, but the rest of the world still has to add the equipment needed for […]

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Why Ebix Wants to Buy India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $336 Million

Ebix chairman and CEO Robin Raina talks at Ebix Presents TV18 India Rising Summit 2019, a pan-India thought leadership effort sponsored by Raina’s U.S.-based software company. Ebix has bid to acquire Yatra, an online travel company in India, as part of Ebix’s expansion into travel services. Ebix Skift Take: Ebix has made a generous takeover […]

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Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, at a press conference March 20, 2019 announcing a fine against Google. European Union Skift Take: Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google’s travel tools. For now at least, that doesn’t seem to be the […]

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Instagram Launches Direct Purchasing for Fashions Brands But Travel Is Missing in Action

Branded posters displayed at the Instagram office in New York. Instagram is enabling direct booking of fashion products. Jeenah Moon / Bloomberg Skift Take: Facebook’s Instagram is focusing on direct booking for brands from Adidas to Warby Parker but you can imagine the day that this e-commerce initiative will also include flights and hotels from […]

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Lastminute.com Goes After TUI With Vacation Push

A Lastminute.com TV campaign. the company is looking to take market share from more traditional rivals. Lastminute.com Group Skift Take: While traditional tour operators might not offer the flexibility that Lastminute.com does with its package vacations, they do have an advantage in terms of exclusivity. — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete Story On Skift

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$34 Billion Purchase of Worldpay May Shake Up Travel Payments

An image of a point-of-sale device powered by Worldpay, a payments technology company that has been bought by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) will buy Worldpay in a $34 billion deal that will be one of the largest transactions yet in the fast-consolidating payments sector. Bloomberg Skift Take: Worldpay is of the biggest players in […]

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The Hotels, Airlines, and Cruise Brands Using Premium Content to Build Loyalty

Skift Take: Some innovative hotels, airlines, and cruise operators are using premium content to deepen their connection with guests and enhance consumer experience. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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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 […]