In the big travel news this week, Skift watched Expedia team up with GetYourGuide to give it a big presence in the United States, four airlines that did more on accessories than ticket sales in 2020, and what the retirement of longtime CEO David Kong means the future of Best Occidental.
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Expedia partners with GetYourGuide for one-stop tours and activities at Viator GetYourGuide, which was trying to break into the United States, struck a major partnership by making a deal with Expedia.
European hotels will wait until at least 2025 for a full return to international business Beware of everyone’s favorite word right now: pent-up demand. Your typical leisure traveler can book a trip and pack their bags in minutes, but companies will be keeping employees on a leash for years to come.
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What Accor’s top tech manager has to say may surprise you In his first interview since becoming Chief Technology Officer of Accor, Floor Bleeker explains the hotel giant’s counter-current technological strategy. Expect top tech players and Accor’s rivals to take note.
Hopper partners with Spirit Airlines to help sell more extras An important side game on the part of the Canadian online travel agency, but not quite a leap forward for the so-called new distribution capability in the United States that many would like to see, given the reach and Spirit target flyers.
Google’s ticketing for attractions is hard to start Google’s beta of attraction tickets has been among the least stylish when it comes to travel to date. This angered many tour operators as it could not have happened at a more inconvenient time.
Long-time Best Western chief David Kong retires paves way for competitive CEO search David Kong has brought Best Western into a new era of multiple brands through a variety of pricing. The next CEO must take the reins and stifle the business from an uncertain pandemic recovery.
These 4 airlines pulled more upsell than ticket sales in 2020 In an industry record, four low-cost airlines generated more revenue from ancillary products than ticket sales in 2020. More importantly, ancillary revenue increased across all of the largest airlines in the world. last year despite the crisis.
The new role and new structure of high-performing, post-Covid tourist offices When OGDs are consistently functioning at the optimum level, it adds a significant amount that no other organism can provide. A great overview and recommendations on what should be done in the post-covid era.
CheapOair is now signing up AA Advantage flyers American Airlines has given CheapOair a vote of confidence in allowing the online travel agency to enroll AA Advantage members. Look for more travel agencies online to establish these types of offers.
Travel investor Certares places $ 354 million bet on aviation services company Avia Solutions Group No niche purchase this time around, but a more comprehensive investment in a large-scale aerospace business group. Find out more when Certares founder Greg O’Hara speaks at the Skift Global Forum in New York next week.
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