Tours & Activities


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Stride walks away with $2.5M in funding for multiday packages platform
By Linda Fox | June 14, 2019
Stride adds $2.5 million to its coffers and launches its TripFinder feature to match travelers to their ideal trips. Read More
News | Startups
Airbnb gets into multiday tours game with launch of Airbnb Adventures
Airbnb gets into multiday tours game with launch of Airbnb Adventures
By Jill Menze | June 13, 2019
The adventures, numbering more than 200 at the outset, are available either exclusively to Airbnb or provided by small local operators. Read More
News | Online
Will sightseeing buses be first to globally scale with autonomous vehicles?
Will sightseeing buses be first to globally scale with autonomous vehicles?
By Alex Bainbridge - Autoura  | June 12, 2019
Robo-taxis are a fool's errand. Instead, delivering experiences such as sightseeing via autonomous vehicle makes for a better near-term strategy. Read More
Opinion | Technology
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STARTUP STAGE: Welcome uses AI to make trip planning more spontaneous and personalized
By Jill Menze | June 12, 2019
Welcome uses artificial intelligence to help travelers plan in real time based on their preferences, tips from friends and location data. Read More
Interview | Technology
VIDEO: Booking.com on its buy or partner strategy for experiences
VIDEO: Booking.com on its buy or partner strategy for experiences
By Kevin May | June 10, 2019
Booking.com's semi-official entry into the tours and activities sector was notable for many things - not least why did it take so long. Read More
News | Online
In The Big Chair - Jason Morehouse of Checkfront
In The Big Chair - Jason Morehouse of Checkfront
By Kevin May | June 7, 2019
Since launching in June, 2010, Checkfront has grown from a humble operation in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to a business that processes over $1 billion in bookings annually, made by tour and... Read More
Interview | Technology
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EasyGuide launches tours and activities shop, uses handy easyJet branding
By Linda Fox | June 6, 2019
The airline’s founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has invested a minority stake in easyGuide, which launched its website this week. Read More
News | Distribution
Google shuts Trips app, everything migrates to broader Google Travel platform
Google shuts Trips app, everything migrates to broader Google Travel platform
By Kevin May | June 6, 2019
The search giant quietly updated the app's help page this week to reveal support for the product will cease after almost three years in the market. Read More
News | Online
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VIDEO: How investors decipher the fast-paced online travel landscape in Asia
By Linda Fox | June 5, 2019
The “Through the Lens of Investors” session at the Phocuswright Europe 2019 Conference threw a spotlight on many of the recent big deals as well as some of the areas investors are drawn to currently. Read More
News | Startups
VIDEO: Touring Bird on its vital first year in activities (and for Google)
VIDEO: Touring Bird on its vital first year in activities (and for Google)
By Kevin May | June 3, 2019
In the space of just 12 months, Touring Bird has become an obvious part of the conversation in tours and activities. Read More
News | Online
VIDEO: Exoticca - Launch pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
VIDEO: Exoticca - Launch pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
By PhocusWire | June 3, 2019
The curated marketplace for best value long-haul tour packages. Read More
Interview | Online
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STARTUP STAGE: Guide121 wants to bring a "playlist" mentality to travel
By Mitra Sorrells | May 30, 2019
Guide121 provides users what it calls a “playlist,” which is a suggested sequence of destinations, attractions and events displayed on a digital map. The system cross-references information from the... Read More
Interview | Startups
VIDEO: Booking.com on where it sees opportunity for growth
VIDEO: Booking.com on where it sees opportunity for growth
By Jill Menze | May 30, 2019
Where is there room for Booking.com - already one of the top players in online travel alongside Ctrip and Expedia - to grow? Read More
News | Online
VIDEO: NannyBag - Battleground pitch runner-up at Phocuswright Europe 2019
VIDEO: NannyBag - Battleground pitch runner-up at Phocuswright Europe 2019
By PhocusWire | May 30, 2019
Changing the way people travel with a luggage solution for every destination.  Read More
Interview | Startups
Is a consolidated world good for travelers?
Is a consolidated world good for travelers?
By Jill Menze | May 29, 2019
At Voyager HQ's Travel Disruption Summit, leading players in the tours and activities space debated if consolidation in travel is good for consumers. Read More
News | Online