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…]

Ice cream truck rejects influencers

The tide may be turning for social media influencers — at least as far as soft-serve ice cream is concerned. CVT Soft Serve, a Los Angeles-based ice cream shop that in 2014 threw a “Bill Murray Ice Cream Social” that actually got Bill Murray to show up, posted a jab at the darlings of social … [Read more…]

Travel Needs to Consider Life Without Facebook and Google, Says Former Facebook Investor

Roger McNamee, early investor in Facebook, speaking on May 27, 2019, at Skift Tech Forum 2019 in San Francisco with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Skift Skift Take: Surveillance capitalism is due for a regulatory comeuppance in the next few years. Travel companies that make the decision to build brands around user privacy now … [Read more…]

RateGain Acquires BCV, Gains Momentum in Hotel Tech Consolidation

A photo of the surf-inspired decor at the Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort in Huntingdon Beach, California. The photo is an example of the Instagram-friendly social media content that BCV, just acquired by RateGain, can provide hoteliers. BCV Skift Take: RateGain, a travel tech company backed by private equity, said it has begun a roll-up … [Read more…]

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, April 2018. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Skift Take: As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China’s No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market. — Faye Chiu Slim Leather Travel Passport … [Read more…]