Yellowstone to be first U.S. National Park to deploy autonomous vehicles for tourists
Yellowstone to be first U.S. National Park to deploy autonomous vehicles for tourists
By Kevin May | October 29, 2020
An agreement between the National Park Service and mobility-as-a-service provider Beep will see two vehicles deployed in the destination's Canyon Village area from May 2021. Read More
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Viator ends speculation of Tripadvisor sale, talks quality strategy, Google
Viator ends speculation of Tripadvisor sale, talks quality strategy, Google
By Jill Menze | October 29, 2020
Speaking at Arival 360, Viator president Ben Drew explained how Viator's strategy differs from Tripadvisor's, the importance of supplier quality and its relationship with Google. Read More
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VIDEO: Beyond travel and what's next for a decimated industry
VIDEO: Beyond travel and what's next for a decimated industry
By Kevin May | October 28, 2020
Travel companies are responding to new demands during the pandemic and beyond, with a close eye on how the situation is constantly evolving. Read More
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Phocuswright Conference 2020 Preview: It's a period of reckoning for hotels
Phocuswright Conference 2020 Preview: It's a period of reckoning for hotels
By Kevin May | October 27, 2020
The pre-pandemic fierce yet healthy competition between hotels and rentals for the leisure traveler is now more acute than it has ever been. It's going to be a tough ride ahead. Read More
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VIDEO: Travelport CEO Greg Webb on recovery and reality of NDC
VIDEO: Travelport CEO Greg Webb on recovery and reality of NDC
By Kevin May | October 27, 2020
It's been quite a first year or so at the helm of Travelport for its CEO Greg Webb. But he already has some firm views on what works and what doesn't for the distribution and tech business. Read More
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Google says COVID boosted OTA usage in APAC
By Mitra Sorrells | October 26, 2020
Google's sector lead for travel and vertical search in APAC shared results of the company's consumer surveys during a keynote at ITB Asia.     Read More
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InPhocus, episode 25 - Vrbo president Jeff Hurst on its 25-year legacy
InPhocus, episode 25 - Vrbo president Jeff Hurst on its 25-year legacy
By Kevin May | October 23, 2020
Jeff Hurst talks about the key moments in the Vrbo story, the impact that the arrival of Airbnb had on the short-term rental marketplace and what the sector might evolve into next.  Read More
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Sounding Off: Can Google really be fair?
Sounding Off: Can Google really be fair?
By PhocusWire | October 23, 2020
Whatever happens in the coming months (perhaps even years) with the Google antitrust suit, travel en masse will not be happy with outcome. Read More
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Sabre, Google to launch tech platform driving personalization in travel
Sabre, Google to launch tech platform driving personalization in travel
By Jill Menze | October 23, 2020
Called Sabre Travel AI, the platform is being developed as part of the 10-year partnership Sabre and Google announced in January. Read More
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How I Got Here, episode 47 - Brad Bao of Lime
How I Got Here, episode 47 - Brad Bao of Lime
By PhocusWire | October 22, 2020
Lime is on a mission to overhaul the way people think about urban mobility, whether it's with bikes or scooters, commuting or leisure. Brad Bao tells the story to PhocusWire's Kevin May and David Litwak... Read More
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VIDEO: How crisis planning kept this tourism company strong through COVID
By Mitra Sorrells | October 22, 2020
Orascom Development Holding chairman Samih Sawiris shares his crisis planning strategy at Phocuswright Europe 2020. Read More
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RVshare raises $100M to expand peer-to-peer marketplace
By Mitra Sorrells | October 22, 2020
RVshare, which has more than 100,000 recreational vehicles available for rent through its platform, says the funds will help it rapidly scale. Read More
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Booking.com taps Futurestay to launch online check-in for rentals
By Mitra Sorrells | October 21, 2020
The two companies have been working on the online check-in solution since late 2019 but accelerated it as contactless experiences gained traction due to COVID-19. Read More
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Black Travel Alliance campaign reveals lack of diversity in travel industry
Black Travel Alliance campaign reveals lack of diversity in travel industry
By Jill Menze | October 21, 2020
Results of the Black Travel Alliance's PullUpForTravel campaign reveal that Black people are under-represented at all levels within the travel industry, and there is a great need to address the... Read More
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Travel industry reacts to Google antitrust probe in the U.S.
Travel industry reacts to Google antitrust probe in the U.S.
By PhocusWire | October 20, 2020
Google, it is claimed, has abused its dominant position in search and advertising to keep competition down. So, how is the industry reacting so far? And what about Google itself? Read More
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