Datalex to Lose Lufthansa Contract and 15 Other Digital Trends This Week

Lufthansa’s plane waiting on the runway isn’t the only thing ready to take off as the company is expected to end its contract with Datalex. Lufthansa Skift Take: In this week’s digital news, Datalex continues to plummet under the looming threat of losing its contract with Lufthansa. Meanwhile, the EU’s top antitrust regulator has her … [Read more…]

Google’s Big Push Into Vacation Rentals and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

A Google office building. Associated Press Skift Take: This week in digital news, hotels are getting smart about using technology to stimulate demand while Hilton turns to social media to attract millennials. Meanwhile, Google’s partnership with Vacasa shows the online giant wants to own a bigger chunk of the vacation rental market. — Andrew Sheivachman … [Read more…]

AirAsia CEO Takes On New Website Role and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured right) will take on the new role of CEO of AirAsia.com as he looks to make the airline over into an online travel powerhouse. World Travel & Tourism Council / WikiMedia Commons Skift Take: This week in digital news, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes took on the new role of … [Read more…]

Sabre Under Fire With U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit and 15 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sabre, which faces a U.S. antitrust lawsuit, apparently didn’t count on federal attorneys claiming they have text messages between Sabre executives acknowledging the anti-competitive nature of its $360 million Farelogix deal. Ramin Talaie / Getty Images via Bloomberg Skift Take: In digital news this week, text messages between executives at Sabre may have given U.S. … [Read more…]

Avis’ Digital Partnership Strategy and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Avis is looking to up its game with digital innovations, starting with partnerships. Avis Skift Take: This week in digital news, we looked at how Avis is stretching beyond the traditional rental car business to offer new digital services, while TripAdvisor began mulling a loyalty strategy to take on giant Google. And we also looked … [Read more…]

Red Roof’s Direct Booking Strategy and 18 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Red Collection’s St. Clair Hotel in downtown Chicago. Red Roof is getting aggressive about wanting travelers to book direct. Red Roof Skift Take: This week in digital news, Red Roof launched a new best-rate guarantee program that provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third-party site, and … [Read more…]

Marriott’s China Joint Venture Lifts Direct Booking and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Celebrations at Alibaba’s Ali Day 2019 in China. Marriott is hoping to capture some of this enthusiasm in the form of direct bookings through its joint venture with Alibaba. Skift Skift Take: In digital news this week, Marriott’s tie-up with China’s e-commerce giant is driven by the hotel chain’s strategy to do more direct bookings, … [Read more…]

Online Bookings Surge in Middle East and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. A spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, a spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition, and Medallia, a customer feedback firm fresh from its IPO, must … [Read more…]

Google Takes a Stand in D.C. and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google was in the news this week when an executive testified before Congress that the tech giant was not a travel monopoly. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital travel news, a Google exec testified before Congress that the tech giant is not a travel monopoly, and Delta Air Lines is seeing stronger direct bookings … [Read more…]

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Living room in a Sonder rental. Sonder Skift Take: This week in digital news, be sure to check out our list of 2018’s top-paid CEOs in online travel. We also look at how hospitality startup Sonder plans to use its new funds, and explore Sunweb’s growth strategy as a tour package company in Europe. — … [Read more…]