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

Tripadvisor’s Viator Stays On Top in Online Day Tours: New Skift Research

Despite COVID-19 challenges, booking tours online has strong growth potential. Janis Oppliger / UnsplashSkift Take: Tripadvisor’s tours & activity subsidiary, Viator, is currently a market leader in its sector but the size of that lead over rivals is shrinking. — Seth BorkoRead the Complete Story On Skift

Amazon Soft Launches Virtual Tours — Can Offline Experiences Be Far Behind?

Nan Palmero Mexico City street art as seen on February 15, 2020. Amazon did a sot launch of virtual tours such as for Mexico City urban art. Nan Palmero / Flickr.comSkift Take: Amazon is dipping into virtual tours. Competitors should fear that Amazon is primed for disruption, virtual or otherwise. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete…… Continue reading Amazon Soft Launches Virtual Tours — Can Offline Experiences Be Far Behind?

Hard-Hit Tours Sector Gets Vote of Confidence With $75 Million in Funding for Booking Agency in Asia

A guest enjoys the New Taipei City Breeze Canal wakeboarding experience by the MS Water Ski Club, bookable via the agency KKday. The travel experiences booking agency KKday said Tuesday it had closed a $75 million Series C round of funding. New Taipei City Breeze Canal Wakeboarding ExperienceSkift Take: KKday has returned to growth thanks…… Continue reading Hard-Hit Tours Sector Gets Vote of Confidence With $75 Million in Funding for Booking Agency in Asia

Google Cut Off an Online Travel Company and Sent In the Bill Collectors

Skift Take: With parent company Alphabet generating $79 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020, Google is relentlessly rolling out new travel products. Not to mention, it is dictating content-licensing and advertising terms to cash-strapped partners while a pandemic rages. Enough said. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

Shown here is Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts. TripAdvisorSkift Take: Flush with SoftBank and other venture capital money, GetYourGuide and Klook, as well as Airbnb and Booking.com, are nipping at Tripadvisor’s heels in tours and activities. Tripadvisor will try to leverage its brand, Viator, which already had a following before Tripadvisor absorbed it, to…… Continue reading Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

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