CEO of GetYourGuide Concedes It Had Its Own Google-Like Bias Issue

Skift Take: When GetYourGuide criticized Google for promoting an uneven competitive playing field, some GetYourGuide partners accused GetYourGuide of similar transgressions in the way it markets its Originals tours. GetYourGuide vowed to make amends, the results of which will only become clear in a few months. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Google Made Advertising Concessions to Travel Partners But They’re Still Angry

Google and some of its advertising partners have clashed over Google’s coronavirus relief efforts. Felice Maranz / BloombergSkift Take: Google’s travel ad chief said companies that aren’t seeing enough advertising benefits with Google probably shouldn’t spend as much as they are. Few big travel companies would drop out of Google knowing it might sabotage their…… Continue reading Google Made Advertising Concessions to Travel Partners But They’re Still Angry

Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Some luxury hotels in Chicago were working in February 2020 with Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that helps refugees find jobs. Despite massive travel industry job losses around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, some travel companies are indeed hiring. Adobe Stock ImageSkift Take: Amidst the carnage, there are job openings in the travel industry.…… Continue reading Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand

A file photo of tourists gawking at the Karl Marx statue in Trier, Germany. German travel startups called on Google to cease trying to collect on first quarter advertising bills. Michael Probst / Associated PressSkift Take: Google has a huge travel advertising business. If Google’s advertising partners had to hand out tons of refunds to…… Continue reading Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

A January 2020, photo of Johannes Reck, Managing Director and co-founder of GetYourGuide, sits in front of the company logo after a panel discussion on the occasion of the visit of Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier to GetYourGuide’s office in Berlin. GetYourGuide is an online travel agency. Christoph Soeder / BloombergSkift Take: GetYourGuide top boss…… Continue reading GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

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 ExperiencesSkift Take: Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting the…… Continue reading Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

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

Mobile-first Klook. KlookSkift 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 HamdiRead the…… Continue reading What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

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. GetYourGuideSkift 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 assumptions…… Continue reading GetYourGuide Defies Conventional Wisdom on Tour Booking So Far

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. BloombergSkift 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 TingRead the Complete Story On Skift