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TripAdvisor buys Bokun, says it "solves the supply problem"
TripAdvisor buys Bokun, says it "solves the supply problem"
By Jill Menze | April 20, 2018
TripAdvisor has agreed to acquire Bokun in a deal it claims will provide suppliers in tours and activities "with technical solutions in addition to the sector's largest distribution channel".... Read More
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QOTW: Something about the other side of the hype
QOTW: Something about the other side of the hype
By PhocusWire | April 20, 2018
Quote from Jeff Chow, vice president of product, consumer experience, at TripAdvisor.... Read More
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Nor1 buys texting platform Stay Delightful to boost ancillary sales
Nor1 buys texting platform Stay Delightful to boost ancillary sales
By Jill Menze | April 20, 2018
Hospitality merchandising technology company Nor1 has acquired Stay Delightful, a mobile-messaging platform.... Read More
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Booking acquires FareHarbor
Booking Holdings buys FareHarbor in push for share of tours and activities
By Mitra Sorrells | April 19, 2018
Booking Holdings has agreed to acquire FareHarbor, a Denver-based software company focused on tours and activities.  ... Read More
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airbnb event planning tool
Airbnb makes foray into events with meeting planner tool
By Jill Menze | April 19, 2018
Airbnb is out to conquer yet another corner of the travel market with the launch of a new tool for meeting and event planners.... Read More
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Kayak Alexa flight notifications
Kayak adds flight notifications to Alexa skill
By Mitra Sorrells | April 19, 2018
As Kayak’s Amazon Alexa skill approaches its two-year anniversary, the company is updating the service with flight notifications.  ... Read More
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Aruba blockchain Winding Tree3
Can blockchain help a tiny, travel-dependent island reinvent its economy?
By Mitra Sorrells | April 18, 2018
On the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba – population just over 100,000 – tourism is the foundation of the economy, contributing about 88% of its gross domestic product and accounting for 90% of its total employment.   ... Read More
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Eatwith partnerships Chinese travel
Food experiences platform Eatwith partners with five Chinese travel providers
Travelers that use any of China’s five largest online travel sites now have direct access to book food experiences offered by Eatwith in cities around the globe.  ... Read More
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Marriott ramps up tours and activities, new loyalty program plays a role
Marriott ramps up tours and activities, new loyalty program plays a role
By Kevin May | April 18, 2018
Plenty of attention on Marriott this week as it introduces a new loyalty package - but other efforts to coincide with the launch illustrate a maturing of another sector.... Read More
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Airbnb aims to combat overtourism with new Office of Healthy Tourism
Airbnb aims to combat overtourism with new Office of Healthy Tourism
By Jill Menze | April 17, 2018
In an effort to spur economic growth through local and sustainable tourism, Airbnb has opened the Office of Healthy Tourism.... Read More
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Traveler insurers eye investment in AI
Traveler insurers eye investment in AI
By Jamie Biesiada - Travel Weekly | April 17, 2018
From customer service chatbots to serving up the right mix of trip-specific benefits to the right consumer, technology using artificial intelligence is making its way into the travel insurance sector, and insurers are beginning to invest time and money to harness its power.... Read More
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Turo adds rental agencies new funding
Car-share startup Turo adds rental agencies to expand globally
By Mitra Sorrells | April 17, 2018
San Francisco-based peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo is adding vehicles from independent car rental companies to its platform.   ... Read More
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eDreams ODIGEO machine learning
Machine learning drives 50% increase in flight bookings for eDreams ODIGEO
By Mitra Sorrells | April 17, 2018
Barcelona-based eDreams ODIGEO reports a significant boost in business since it began using machine learning technology to personalize offers for travelers.   ... Read More
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How TripAdvisor is using AI to "humanize" its review community
How TripAdvisor is using AI to "humanize" its review community
By Jill Menze | April 17, 2018
TripAdvisor is the most-visited pre-transaction travel website in the world - meaning hundreds of millions of visitors each month come to the site looking for travel recommendations. That’s a lot of data, which is why TripAdvisor has turned to AI to help make sense of its reviews content.... Read More
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Pegasus ambitious on its return to the fold
Pegasus ambitious on its return to the fold
By Kevin May | April 16, 2018
Hotel computer reservation and technology provider Pegasus predicts a rosier future ahead after putting a turbulent few years behind it.... Read More
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