Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Amazon launches flight bookings in India, reentering travel. Mike Mackenzie / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Amazon’s quest to become the world’s all-purpose app continues, MakeMyTrip seeks growth in China, and TripAdvisor adds new filters to enhance safety and transparency. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings May Buy More Companies and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, speaks at Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2017. Brainstorm Tech Skift Take: This week in digital news, Booking Holdings looks at tactics to keep growing, and Spanish company Amadeus is taking off in the U.S. Plus, check out our deep dive into the intricacies and challenges of working with government agencies … [Read more…]

Expedia Faces Headwinds in Short-Term Rentals and 5 Other Digital Trends this Week

Expedia mobile app. The company is facing difficulties in the short-term rentals business. Expedia Skift Take: This week in digital news, search engine optimization issues hold Expedia back, Trivago’s business strategy reflects Google’s growing presence in travel, and IHG emphasizes a different booking strategy using new tech. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS … [Read more…]

Grab Enters Travel Booking and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

One of Grab’s taxis. The app is taking its first steps into travel booking, with the aim of becoming a super app. Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, the Sri Lanka-based app makes its first step into hotel and flight booking, Ctrip gains four more seats on the board of … [Read more…]

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Page for Le Bernardin restaurant on Google Maps app. Skift Skift Take: This week in digital news, we take a deep dive into Google Maps, comparing it to other superapps like Meituan in China or Grab in Southeast Asia. Plus, we talk to Avis executive Jeff Kaelin about customers’ mobile experience and look at Jumia’s … [Read more…]

Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Jimbaran Bay restaurant in Bali, Indonesia. Ashley Ringrose / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Traveloka’s new discovery platform marks a huge expansion into the lucrative food market, Flight Centre becomes the largest stakeholder of startup Upside, and TripAdvisor releases a comprehensive platform for searching cruise reviews. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set … [Read more…]

AirAsia Aims to Disrupt Online Travel and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

AirAsia Airbus A330 flies out of Kaohsiung International Airport in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Chung ChengYen / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, AirAsia hopes to become more than just an airline, there’s a lot to learn from Lyft’s successful IPO, and TripAdvisor’s president of core experience talks about her traveler-first perspective. — Isaac … [Read more…]

Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

A consumer scans a QR code using WeChat Wallet, the second most popular method of payment in China, behind Alipay. Philip McMaster / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Japan shifts its payment method as the numbers of Chinese tourists surges, a Spanish online travel company struggles to stay afloat, and Google allows … [Read more…]

U.S. Customs Looks to Blockchain and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

A U.S. Customs and Border Security agent at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Mani Albrecht / U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs Visual Communications Division Skift Take: This week in digital news, the federal government considers blockchain for monitoring travelers, the EU will wait to put Google’s flight and hotel platforms … [Read more…]

Google’s Hotel Site and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google main campus in Mountain View, California. Niharb / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Google’s easy-to-use hotel destination threatens to shake up the booking industry, and we explore the potential impact of Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to regulate big tech. Plus, multi-purpose delivery platform Meituan Dianping takes over as the go-to site for … [Read more…]