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Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

skift.com - Digital 18 February 2019
The app sounds like a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether all of the incumbent transit systems, with their vested interests, will hop along for the ride.

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 15 February 2019
Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison.

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

skift.com - Digital 14 February 2019
A new name shows that GoEuro has ambitions outside of Europe. Can it deliver on this promise?

Uber Plans On Disrupting Itself With All Kinds of Transport

skift.com - Digital 8 February 2019
As the company prepares for its IPO, it wants investors to know that its ambitions are big. But it's hard to imagine scooters becoming wildly popular, and its an expensive investment, especially at a time when growth of its core business is slowing.

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 8 February 2019
The market for long-term business lodging is being dragged, thankfully, into the digital era by companies like 2nd Address. Plus, fundraising news for Festicket, Oaky, and Operto.

Why Does Travelzoo Have a Big China Problem?

skift.com - Digital 6 February 2019
The company has been hoping for a turnaround in Asia Pacific for years now, but so far business in the region is weak. If trade tensions continue to squeeze the company, will progress get even slower?

The State of Marketing Technology in Travel 2019: New Skift Research

skift.com - Digital 29 January 2019
The role of marketing technology in the travel industry has passed the threshold of adoption, but significant attention is still required to bring the technology at work into its true and central role -- industry-wide.

MakeMyTrip Steams Ahead Despite Growing Hotel Commission Protests

skift.com - Digital 24 January 2019
MakeMyTrip continues to drive more online hotel bookings in India, despite protests by some hotel owner groups about its allegedly excessive commissions. The company must tread carefully as it tries to woo online customers with discounts while maintaining good relationships with its partners.

Nezasa Raises $2.5 Million for Agency Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 4 January 2019
Nezasa, a provider of booking tools for travel agents, and Halan, an Egyptian ride-hailing service for tuk-tuks and motorcycles, have recently received funding.

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

skift.com - Digital 2 January 2019
What's clear from the report is that Facebook and some travel apps are sharing way more personal information than they had admitted to. The backlash will undoubtedly pick up steam, although Facebook seems to have largely escaped condemnation from this latest disclosure.

Germany Makes Strides to Become 'Europe's Silicon Valley' for Travel Startups

skift.com - Digital 28 December 2018
Germany's travel startup scene used to be barely breathing. But with the fundings of HomeToGo, GoEuro, and Tourlane this year, the country's day in the sun has arrived thanks to a few factors, including more funding, bolder thinking, and better mentorship.

The Travel Buzzwords Skift Loves to Hate

skift.com - Digital 28 December 2018
We're not mad, but we are tired of buzzwords being used by travel companies to obscure what is really going on, which tends to be either a strategic erosion of quality for consumers, or a slow process of change to become more competitive in a certain marketplace.

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

skift.com - Digital 26 December 2018
Consumers often wonder where they can find the lowest rate for a hotel room online. Oddly enough, a hotel's managers may not know the answer. Mysteriously discounted rates from small sites and apps are popping up more often online, even in markets like the U.S. where a few hotel groups dominate.

Expedia Faces Lawsuit and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 22 December 2018
This week in digital news, Expedia is facing a lawsuit over its allegedly deceptive collection of fees with Reservations.com. And don't miss our 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018, including Amadeus' purchase of TravelClick, Booking's investment in Didi, and more.

AvantStay Raises $5 Million for Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 21 December 2018
This week's travel startup funding announcements included bets on the popular themes of vacation rentals, co-living, corporate and business travel, and expense management.

Lufthansa Faces New Antitrust Allegations in Europe

skift.com - Digital 19 December 2018
There's no guarantee that the European Commission will act on this complaint but it shows that the online travel industry is still very annoyed with Lufthansa's actions.

Tech Billionaire's New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

skift.com - Digital 16 December 2018
It's remarkable that what started as a rule violation turned into a useful app for beachgoers, instead of just a drawn-out fight.

Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 15 December 2018
The big digital news this week was all about Travelport. One of the big three platforms for airline distribution is being taken private in an all-cash transaction valued at around $4.4 billion.

Grab Is Hiring Tech Talent to Become Southeast Asia's First Super App

skift.com - Digital 14 December 2018
Grab will hire an additional 1,000 tech employees in 2019, after doubling the number of software engineers, data scientists, and analysts it added this year to 2,000. A look at its next R&D hiring plan gives a few hints on what it is working on.

Noken Raises $2.5 Million for Trip Planning: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 14 December 2018
This week, travel startups announced more than $114 million in funding, including WhyHotel, Oyo, Noken, and Wow Venue.

The Amazon Factor in Travel: New Skift Research E-Book

skift.com - Digital 11 December 2018
Amazon's influence over travelers is likely to grow. Perhaps it will be a direct competitor, or maybe an advertising partner. In either case, travel companies need to pay careful attention. Our limited edition e-book evaluates lessons, threats, and opportunities that Amazon presents for the travel industry.

Lufthansa Ratchets Up Pressure on Sabre Over Distribution

skift.com - Digital 10 December 2018
This year Lufthansa made a series of small moves that, when looked at together, reveal a doubling down on its multi-front strategy to pressure Amadeus, Travelport, and especially Sabre to conform more to its preferred airline distribution practices. Connect the dots, and it looks like a low-grade war.

HotelQuickly Disaster Raises Questions on How Travel Search Giants Vet Advertisers

skift.com - Digital 9 December 2018
It's simply a matter of odds that companies will face cash crunches, as HotelQuickly appears to have done. But global travel search companies need to detect problems sooner so that they can quickly put a pause on referring consumers to troubled companies before too many victims pile up.

Tourlane Raises $24 Million for Multi-Day Tour Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

skift.com - Digital 7 December 2018
This week investors bet more than $104 million on companies that help people plan trips (Tourlane, SnapTravel, Fineway, and AsiaYo), recruit hotel workers (Hosco), create adventure travel content (Roam), and book medical tourism (Hospals).

SnapTravel Raises $21 Million With an Assist From NBA Star Steph Curry

skift.com - Digital 4 December 2018
The travel industry startup ecosystem could use some fresh ideas, so we salute new investors placing bets like Steph Curry, the basketball star playing for the Golden State Warriors. Curry's investment in SnapTravel, a messaging-based hotel booking tool, holds promise but the outcome remains uncertain for the company, which has raised $22.4 million to date.

European Regulators Probe Travel Distribution and 16 Other Digital Trends This Week

skift.com - Digital 2 December 2018
This week in digital news, European Commission antitrust regulators are investigating the business practices of distribution-tech providers Amadeus and Sabre. We also have analysis on Marriott's massive data breach and the impending arrival of 5G.

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