Airbnb’s New Verification Policies and 20 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Airbnb will start verifying listings starting in Dec. 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: This week in digital, stepping away from its hands-off approach, Airbnb introduces a policy in hopes of preventing another tragedy. Meanwhile, both TripAdvisor and Expedia Group are feeling added pressure from Google’s travel business. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder … [Read more…]

Airbnb Host Group Violates Facebook Privacy Policy and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A business traveler walks into an Airbnb rental. Hosts in private Facebook groups have been posting photos and full names of guests. Airbnb Skift Take: This week in digital, Airbnb hosts in closed Facebook groups have been posting confidential guest information. Privacy concerns have also been on a rise for event planners as facial recognition … [Read more…]

Uber’s Under-the-Radar Event Services and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

An Uber driver picking up passenger. The company has a service for event planners. Who knew? Uber Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at the little-known Uber Events service. Meanwhile, Ctrip shareholders have officially changed the company’s name. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]

Booking.com’s European Flight Partnership and 16 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A Ryanair plane prepares to land. Booking.com launched a flight partnership in seven European countries. Jeroen Stroes / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Booking.com has launched a flight partnership in Europe, but travelers still have to go through a third-party site. Meanwhile, Agoda is starting to offer flights without the hassle of … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking Holdings’s Agoda has withdrawn listings, such as the ClubHouse Residences Serviced Apartments in Singapore, from Google’s vacation rentals search. Agoda Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at Booking Holdings’ decision to pull back from Google’s vacation rentals business. Meanwhile, change is in the air for Airbnb Experiences, at least in … [Read more…]

Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A Thomas Cook staff member looks forlorn while speaking with a passenger following the company’s collapse. Francisco Ubilla / The Associated Press Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a closer look behind the collapse of Thomas Cook and what the company’s failure to adjust to the changing economy means for the future of … [Read more…]

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

It’s clear skies ahead as Ryanair settled its two-year lawsuit against Expedia. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, Ryanair and Expedia have finally reached a settlement — two years after the Irish airline initially filed. Meanwhile, Marriott has no plans to make any changes to its Bonvoy program despite its ups and downs. … [Read more…]

Airbnb Plans to Go Public in 2020 and 19 Other Digital Trends This Week

After much speculation, Airbnb plans to go public in 2020. Skift Skift Take: This week in digital, Airbnb plans to go public in 2020, this after the company surpassed $1 billion in its second quarter revenue. Meanwhile, Hotelbeds is taking action as more hoteliers have complained about unfairness from opposing travel agencies. — Jasmine Ganaishlal … [Read more…]

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…]