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News / Online
Google is testing free price guarantee for flights
By Mitra Sorrells | March 23, 2023
For fares that include the guarantee, Google automatically monitors prices and refunds the difference to the traveler's Google Pay account if it drops. Read More
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News / Online
Citi’s new travel portal powered by Booking Holdings goes live
By Mitra Sorrells | March 21, 2023
The site includes supply from – such as 1.4 million hotels around the world - and is powered by technology from Rocket Travel by Agoda, another of Booking Holdings’ brands. Read More
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News / Technology
Amadeus, Microsoft on the "next-gen" travel experience
By Derek Catron | March 7, 2023
A new report from Amadeus and Microsoft explores how a focus on purpose and context will allow the travel industry to maximize value.   Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Tern uses GPT technology for travel planning
By Mitra Sorrells | March 6, 2023
Tern is an artificial intelligence-powered travel planning system that provides personalized recommendations in minutes. Read More
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News / Technology
Expedia, Microsoft and travel experts on ChatGPT
By Mitra Sorrells | February 27, 2023
Listen to PhocusWire's first LinkedIn Audio event, with executives from Expedia and Microsoft and Kayak co-founder Paul English discussing the potential use of ChatGPT in travel.     Read More
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News / Online
Airbnb’s Brian Chesky: Earnings point to “exciting year” for travel
By Derek Catron | February 14, 2023
Tuesday's earnings report capped a year of record-setting financials for Airbnb, which finished 2022 with its head count down 5% compared to 2019 but revenue up 75%.  Read More
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News / Online
Viator accounted for more than one-third of Tripadvisor’s revenue in 2022
By Mitra Sorrells | February 14, 2023
Viator brought in $493 million in revenue in 2022, up 168% year-over-year, and more than half the $966 million in revenue brought in by Tripadvisor Core. Read More
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Opinion / Online
From AI to Google: 5 truths for travel marketers in 2023
By Jared Alster - Dune7 | February 8, 2023
Generative AI can be a friend - or a foe - and don't look for Google to be unseated as the top search engine for travelers. Read More
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News / Online
Tripadvisor, Airbnb, Expedia, web traffic bodes well for 2023
By Derek Catron | January 24, 2023
New report from Similarweb suggests visits to the biggest online travel agencies in December increased enough on both a monthly and yearly basis to keep "revenge travel" going into the new year. Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: BookSmart24 helps travelers book sustainable trips
By Kathryn Walson | January 4, 2023
The BookSmart24 app equips travelers with the information they need to select the most eco-friendly itinerary. Read More
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Interview / Startups
Video: Rezme - Phocuswright Conference Launch innovator
By Kathryn Walson | December 21, 2022
Rezme's Cherry is a browser extension app and mobile app that intercepts users on online travel agency websites and redirects them to property websites. Read More
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News / Online
Google data highlights growing interest in blended trips
By PhocusWire | November 18, 2022
Compared to pre-pandemic, consumers say they are more open to blended travel, with 74% of business travelers saying they find the idea appealing. Read More
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News / Online
Airbnb enhances price transparency, reduces checkout chores
By Kathryn Walson | November 7, 2022
In addition to displaying the total price, Airbnb is also advising hosts on which household chores they can reasonably ask guests to complete at checkout.  Read More
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News / Online
What mobility booking data reveals about traveler behavior
By Jill Menze | October 26, 2022
According to a new report from Omio, travelers are opting for more sustainable modes of travel and staying closer to home. Read More
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News / Startups
Holidu scores €100M to expand in existing markets
By Linda Fox | October 19, 2022
The Series E investment was led by 83North, with Northzone, HV Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, Commonfund Capital and existing investors also participating. Read More