Airbnb is launching a new search tool for finding its listings that it believes are appropriate for business travelers. Airbnb Skift Take: Why hasn't Airbnb rolled this out sooner? — Deanna TingSince debuting in 2008, Airbnb Inc. has marketed itself to adventurous vacationers looking for unique and cheap accommodations. Next week, the San Francisco-based travel upstart will get a bit more buttoned up. Airbnb plans to introduce a search tool on Monday designed for business travelers. The f...
Skift Take: It appears that the mystery buyer is a brand holding company that may not be focused on travel. If so: What a lost opportunity. — Sean O'NeillGains from the sale of the Fly.com domain name improved net income for travel deals publisher Travelzoo in the first quarter of 2017. The sale price of the domain was not specifically revealed. But Travelzoo executives disclosed today that, in the first months of this year, it received $2.89 million in cash proceeds from the sale of the Fly.c...
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Experience takes place outside of Italy for the first time Fifteen off road and ten on road prepared Multistrada Enduro motorcycles available to test Four DRE instructors led by Dakar rider Beppe Gualini The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Experience will be heading to South Wales from the 5th – 7th May as part of the Touratech Travel event in Ystradgynlais, near Swansea. It iwill be the first time that course dedicated to off road riding has taken place outside of It...
The Esplorio team has joined the IAG-backed accelerator, Hangar 51. The team includes Tim Fernando (CEO), Essa Saulat (CMO), and Sean Pham (CTO). Hangar 51Skift Take: International Airlines Group (owner of British Airways and Iberia) has invested in a couple of travel startups, while Paris-based RoomChecking makes a striking debut as a next-gen hotel operations startup — plus more news. — Sean O'NeillEach week we round up travel startups that have recently received or announced funding. The...
The Charmant Hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Aparium Hotel GroupSkift Take: Our New Luxury newsletter gives you unique insight into the changing world of high-end travel. — Jason Clampet The Skift New Luxury newsletter is our weekly newsletter focused on the business of selling luxury travel, the people and companies creating and selling experiences, emerging trends, and the changing consumer habits around the sector. We’ll keep in mind the needs of the specialist travel agents who sell...
The non-profit Freddie Awards are named after the late Sir Freddie Laker, who attracted fame (and a knighthood in the United Kingdom) for pioneering low-cost air travel across the Atlantic in the 1970s. Freddie AwardsSkift Take: Can 4.2 million flyers be wrong? Well, none of them have yet lost status in a U.S. airline program because of recent changes. So maybe some don't realize what's coming. — Sean O'NeillSkift doesn’t usually write about travel industry awards because there...
Online international bookings on flights to the U.S. have largely decreased in early 2017. Tourists in Chicago's Millenium Park mill around in this photo. erin m / FlickrSkift Take: While the growth in summer online travel spending will decline in the U.S. this year compared to 2016, it's not all doom and gloom for the U.S. travel industry. — Andrew SheivachmanHeaded into 2017, many in the U.S. travel industry expected another banner year of growth. Geopolitical events and economic reali...
Passengers wait for information at a Lufthansa counter at the airport in Munich, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Travel management companies are trying to push innovation and improve business travel. Matthias Schrader / Associated PressSkift Take: Travel managers and buyers are looking for fresh solutions to improve quality of life for their travelers. New services are allowing them to do just that. — Andrew SheivachmanThe Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is our weekly newsletter fo...
Facebook is hoping to attract more airline advertisers with its newest product, Dynamic Ads for Travel for flights, which is geared toward mobile users. Pictured here are images from Cathay Pacific's Dynamic Ads for Travel. FacebookSkift Take: The bigger question here is this: Should airlines and their travel peers be investing more in social versus search? — Deanna TingJust as it did last May, Facebook is rolling out new Dynamic Ads for Travel on its platform as well as on its Instagram b...
China and Myanmar will experience strong business travel growth in the next decade. A mall in Shanghai is pictured here. hans-johnson / FlickrSkift Take: While emerging economies in Asia and Africa will see the greatest business travel increase over the next decade, according to WTTC forecasts, the U.S. and China will remain the largest global business travel markets. — Andrew SheivachmanDespite the current climate of uncertainty surrounding business travel, the World Travel & Tourism Cou...
Travelers' voices cannot be ignored, said Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson this week. Pictured is Sorenson speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok on April 26. World Travel & Tourism Council / FlickrSkift Take: Skift Take: For an industry that's historically averse to conflict, Sorenson's advice may be hard to put into action. But the industry will be complacent at its own peril. — Dan PeltierMarriott International CEO Arne Sorenson hasn’t he...
Travel expert Anthony Bourdain of CNN’s Parts Unknown shared his tip for traveling in areas with high crime. In an interview with the New York Times, Bourdain said he keeps the hidden knife for traveling in places with “heavy street crime.” “It’s not something you’d want to get into a serious fight with, but it might be a rude surprise should someone grab you from behind as you enter your hotel room,” he said. Small pocket knives that fold into the shap...
While it is still unknown what killed a giant bunny found lifeless in the cargo area after a trans-Atlantic United Airlines flight earlier this week — it is far from the first time an animal has died on a plane. Federal agencies provide guidelines to keep animals as safe as possible and monitor and incidents when they come up. Prepared pet owners can also help ensure animals fly without a problem. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with pets and how to keep them safe: Wha...
Priceline is now one of the biggest Internet companies in the world, but it wasn’t always that way. When Jay Walker co-founded the company in 1997 with Scott Case, it was more of a proposal: What if leisure travelers could use the Internet to find last-minute deals offered by hotels and airlines that want to clear excess inventory? Walker, who has the itchy drive of an inventor-turned-entrepreneur, left Priceline in 2000, not long after the company’s blockbuster IPO. His latest ventu...
Skift Take: Travel providers looking to target Chinese travelers need to pay attention to what they want out of a booking experience. — Jeremy VargasTravel providers have been clamoring for a piece of the surge in Chinese travel that’s taken place in recent years—and there’s good reason why. China’s travel market is soon set to become the world’s largest source of international travelers. By 2020, close to 190 million people will partake in outbound travel from China, projected to sp...
Asia-Pacific benefits most from Chinese tourism. Pictured are Chinese tourists waiting to board a sightseeing boat at a pier at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Athit Perawongmetha / ReutersSkift Take: China's neighbors stand to benefit most from hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists. But as the past few months have shown, Chinese demand can shift rapidly and drastically impact local tourism economies in the process. — Dan PeltierThe Asia-Pacific region claims 90 percent of the...
Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys. Travelers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday. Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3% in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which anal...
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his experience as an expert chess player helped his office successfully file the first state lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. “Chess teaches you many things. It teaches you how to anticipate your opponent’s move. It teaches you to think ahead. It teaches you how to take a calculated risk,” Ferguson, who once considered a career as a professional chess player, said at the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday. &#...