Tours & Activities

Wegogo blockchain travel platform
Wegogo aims for fair-share travel platform, alternative to web agency dominance
By Mitra Sorrells | August 14, 2018
In the midst of growth plans, Wegogo is forging ahead with the introduction of blockchain-based tech and the creation of its cryptocurrency known as WeGold. Read More
News | Distribution
Dnata acquires German tour operator Tropo
Dnata acquires German tour operator Tropo
By Mitra Sorrells | August 13, 2018
Dnata, a Dubai-based provider of ground handling, cargo, travel and flight catering services for 300 airline customers in six continents, has acquired German tour operator Tropo. Read More
News | Distribution
Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders
Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders
By Mitra Sorrells | August 13, 2018
For the second piece in our series on startups, we go to the front lines to gather insights from three startup founders.   Read More
News | Startups
quote of the week 33
QOTW: Something about doing business like - and with - locals
By PhocusWire | August 10, 2018
Quote from Max Starkov, president and CEO of HEBS Digital, in an article on PhocusWire this week. Read More
News | Distribution
booking holdings q2 earnings
Booking Holdings closely monitoring paid channels as it builds direct strategy
By Linda Fox | August 9, 2018
Following the release of its Q2 financials, Booking Holdings says it's continuing its strategy of building its direct business as well as a wider travel offering. Read More
News | Online
Why offering local tours and activities is a huge revenue opportunity for hotels
Why offering local tours and activities is a huge revenue opportunity for hotels
By Max Starkov - HEBS Digital | August 9, 2018
Local tours and activities are a multibillion-dollar business, and hoteliers are uniquely positioned to offer experiences and work closely with fellow local business operators. Read More
Opinion | Distribution
Booking Holdings establishing hub in Manchester to grow ground transport division
By Linda Fox | August 8, 2018
As part of its experiences push, Booking Holdings is setting up a hub in Manchester, U.K., for its ground transportation division. Read More
News | Distribution
Klook brings in $200M in funding, eyes expansion in Europe and the U.S.
By Linda Fox | August 7, 2018
Klook has raised $200 million in Series D funding with plans to expand its tours and activities booking platform to Europe and the US. Read More
News | Distribution
Startup Stage MüvTravel
STARTUP STAGE: MüvTravel uses AI to customize itineraries for independent travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | August 7, 2018
MüvTravel is an AI-powered platform to help independent travelers customize their entire trip, including transportation, accommodations and activities.     Read More
Interview | Startups
Under-30 traveler survey
What under-30 travelers want when researching, booking and experiencing trips
By Mitra Sorrells | August 2, 2018
Younger travelers – those under 30 years old – represented 23% of all international arrivals in 2017, creating a market valued at more than $280 billion.  Read More
News | Online
TripAdvisor Q2 earnings 2018
TripAdvisor’s non-hotel revenue slows but remains bright spot in Q2 earnings
By Mitra Sorrells | August 1, 2018
TripAdvisor reports non-hotel segment revenue grew 22% year-over-year – from $98 million to $120 million - a sizable increase but a deceleration from the first quarter when it posted gains of 36% over... Read More
News | Online
tripadvisor experiences refugees
TripAdvisor gives resettled refugees access to free tours and activities
By Jill Menze | July 31, 2018
TripAdvisor is extending free access to its tours and activities inventory to incoming refugees in the United States. Read More
News | Online
tripadvisor hospitality sector report
Online reputation, bookings top of mind for travel business owners
By Jill Menze | July 26, 2018
Travel businesses are overwhelmingly concerned about their online reputations, as well as how well they’re equipped to meet a mobile audience, a new study from TripAdvisor shows. Read More
News | Online
WayBlazer shutting down
WayBlazer closes shop, cites lack of funds and time
By Mitra Sorrells | July 26, 2018
WayBlazer, which offered artificial intelligence-powered search, discovery and shopping for travel websites and apps, is shutting down. Read More
News | Online
Virtual reality is still finding its space at the customer experience table
Virtual reality is still finding its space at the customer experience table
By Linda Fox | July 25, 2018
Virtual reality hasn't gone mainstream, but barriers to content creation are coming down so it could still build momentum in travel. Read More
News | Technology