Tours & Activities


PhocusWire's in-depth coverage of the tours, activities and activities sector, featuring news, analysis, interviews, research and more on operators, intermediaries and their strategies.

VIDEO: Safer and seamless travel - a medical perspective
VIDEO: Safer and seamless travel - a medical perspective
By PhocusWire | March 1, 2021
In the interview we discuss vaccines, antibody testing and, crucially for the travel industry, the challenges and process that different segments are having to consider as they bring back travelers to... Read More
News | Technology
LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus and the travel industry - impact and recovery
LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus and the travel industry - impact and recovery
By PhocusWire | February 27, 2021
PhocusWire's live blog is charting the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry and the sector's efforts to recover. Read More
News | Online
Lifting the canvas off experience tourism
Lifting the canvas off experience tourism
By Finán O’Donoghue - Campsited | February 24, 2021
In the last year the camping industry has seen an extraordinary increase in demand. Bookings have risen by 540%, which, to coin a much used phrase, is unprecedented. Read More
Opinion | Online
The vital, the obvious and the hopeful: Tech trends to watch in travel
The vital, the obvious and the hopeful: Tech trends to watch in travel
By Kevin May | February 22, 2021
We list some of the trends noted by a recent CBInsights report and how they might strike a chord with the industry's strategies to move forward in 2021. Read More
News | Technology
STARTUP STAGE: Local Purse offers live video shopping for travelers
STARTUP STAGE: Local Purse offers live video shopping for travelers
By Jill Menze | February 22, 2021
Local Purse connects travelers with experienced local guides for live video cultural shopping experiences. Read More
Interview | Startups
RocketRez raises $6.6M for tours and attractions tech platform
RocketRez raises $6.6M for tours and attractions tech platform
By Kevin May | February 19, 2021
The Series A investment of $6.6 million is made up of $5 million from Blueprint and the rest in revenue-based financing from TIMIA. Read More
News | Technology
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Tripadvisor revenue down 61% in 2020, subscription product a focus for 2021
By Mitra Sorrells | February 18, 2021
Tripadvisor says it is continuing to roll out the Tripadvisor Plus subscription service in the United States in the first half of 2021, with plans to grow to other English-speaking markets after that. Read More
News | Online
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Questo unlocks $1.5M in funding, targets tours in more U.S. cities
By Linda Fox | February 18, 2021
Questo is aiming for 200 cities by the end of 2021, growing from over 100 where it currently has games available. Read More
News | Startups
How I Got Here, episode 52 - Jamie Wong of Vayable
How I Got Here, episode 52 - Jamie Wong of Vayable
By PhocusWire | February 18, 2021
It's not the most well-trodden path in online travel - from a producer on the hit The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to CEO of a tours and activities business. Read More
Interview | Online
Travel + Leisure Co. launches online booking platform
Travel + Leisure Co. launches online booking platform
By Jill Menze | February 17, 2021
Travel + Leisure Co., formerly known as Wyndham Destinations, has launched a vacation booking platform as part of the company's rebrand. Read More
News | Online
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GetYourGuide adds €80M in financing to explore strategic investments
By Linda Fox | February 16, 2021
GetYourGuide’s latest funding follows a €114 million convertible note announced in October 2020. Read More
News | Online
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STARTUP STAGE: Imagine Experiences wants to bring unique tours to locals and tourists
By Linda Fox | February 11, 2021
The company has put together a network of expert tour guides to help design fresh ideas to attract locals as well as travelers, once restrictions lift. Read More
Interview | Startups
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TUI continues cost-saving program, looks to summer recovery
By Linda Fox | February 9, 2021
The tour operation giant confirmed its third financial package of €1.8 billion, which will help the business bridge liquidity to the summer months. Read More
News | Distribution
How payments technology will fuel travel rebound
How payments technology will fuel travel rebound
By Yuval Ziv – Nuvei | February 8, 2021
Here are six best practices from a recent white paper that travel operators can - and are – implementing to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. Read More
From Our Partners | Technology
Tripadvisor's Bokun creates activities service with JTB online giant in Japan
Tripadvisor's Bokun creates activities service with JTB online giant in Japan
By Kevin May | February 5, 2021
JTB Bokun is the first partnership by the Bokun tours and activities tech platform with a domestic OTA. Read More
News | Distribution
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