Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Airbnb host Kenyatta Forbes holds a Macrame workshop at the Bing Reading Room in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 2017. Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are struggling to gain traction in the selling of sightseeing and experiences compared with new players like Airbnb. Christopher Dilts / Airbnb Experiences Skift Take: Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting … [Read more…]

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

Mobile-first Klook. Klook Skift Take: Since Klook’s launch five years ago, big changes have occurred in the sector. TripAdvisor bought Viator, TUI-Musement, and Booking-FareHarbor, and most recently, Airbnb invested in Atlas Obscura. All this, plus competition from online travel agencies, will test Klook’s playbook, even though its strategies seem sound for now. — Raini Hamdi … [Read more…]

GetYourGuide Defies Conventional Wisdom on Tour Booking So Far

GetYourGuide cofounders CEO Johannes Reck (left) and CTO Tao Tao at the company’s Berlin headquarters. GetYourGuide Skift Take: GetYourGuide may close an approximately $300 million funding round this year with possible participation by new investors like SoftBank and Temasek. If true, investors would be betting that the attractions booking agency can continue to defy several … [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…]