Tours & Activities


What’s good for millennial travelers is good for all generations
What’s good for millennial travelers is good for all generations
By Matt Walker - LikeWhere  | September 18, 2019
The soft boundary lines have come in this not-so-exact science of generation naming and these parameters no longer circumscribe the soundest foundation on which to base travel's marketing efforts.  Read More
Opinion | Online
Mobile and millennials continue to dominate tours and activities online booking
Mobile and millennials continue to dominate tours and activities online booking
By Linda Fox | September 12, 2019
A study from TourScanner finds smartphones are dominant for searching tours and activities and millennials are leaders in online booking. Read More
News | Distribution
VIDEO: How Booking.com will weave every element of a trip together
VIDEO: How Booking.com will weave every element of a trip together
By Kevin May | September 12, 2019
Details of exactly how the giant will achieve its ambition to connect hotel guests with activities and transportation, plus a myriad of other travel-related services, are becoming clearer now. Read More
News | Online
klook expansion plan
Klook on target to hit 60M bookings in 2019, outlines expansion plan
By Jill Menze | September 10, 2019
By the end of 2020, Klook plans to double its headcount from 1,200 to more than 2,500 across 30 offices; it also plans to continue to penetrate the Asia-Pacific region as well as bolster its presence in... Read More
News | Online
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STARTUP STAGE: Sherpa wants to shake up walking tours with AR avatar guides
By Linda Fox | September 4, 2019
Sherpa was founded earlier this year to bring augmented reality avatar guides to walking tours. The Chicago-based company wants to have 100 tours in major cities around the world by the end of 2020. Read More
Interview | Startups
Festicket in double acquisition for Event Genius and Ticket Arena
Festicket in double acquisition for Event Genius and Ticket Arena
Event Genius is a ticketing and point of sale system for customers, whilst sister brand Ticket Arena is a competitor of Festicket. Read More
News | Online
Zhiketong raises $42.5M to develop WeChat-led hotel marketing tool
Zhiketong raises $42.5M to develop WeChat-led hotel marketing tool
By Kevin May | August 27, 2019
The service is designed entirely around using the WeChat social media platform for brands. The latest round brings its total raised to date in the region of $53 million. Read More
News | Online
STARTUP STAGE: Clear Chain Travel wants to reimagine distribution through blockchain and AI
STARTUP STAGE: Clear Chain Travel wants to reimagine distribution through blockchain and AI
By Linda Fox | August 22, 2019
Clear Chain Travel is bringing blockchain principles and AI-driven robotic processes to the groups and meetings space to improve transparency, drive efficiency and save costs. Read More
Interview | Startups
Travel Leaders tours and activities from Viator
Travel Leaders adds Viator tours and activities for business travelers staying on
By Mitra Sorrells | August 9, 2019
Travel Leaders Corporate has created a new service that offers more than 200,000 bookable activities for business travelers who want to add a leisure component to their trips.  Read More
News | Distribution
TripAdvisor focuses on good news in Experiences as overall revenue continues to fall
TripAdvisor focuses on good news in Experiences as overall revenue continues to fall
By Kevin May | August 8, 2019
Revenue increased from $376 million to $422 million over the course of the first and second quarters of 2019 but year-over-year the business is down 3% in the comparable three-month periods. Read More
News | Online
Booking Holdings q2 2019 earnings
Booking Holdings integrates brands, develops payment capabilities in quest for “connected trip”
By Mitra Sorrells | August 7, 2019
Booking Holdings reports positive financial results as it works toward what CEO Glenn Fogel called the "connected trip." Read More
News | Online
OTAs, margins and supply - lessons for tours and activities from battles elsewhere
OTAs, margins and supply - lessons for tours and activities from battles elsewhere
By Olan O’Sullivan - TrekkSoft  | August 6, 2019
Are the investments by Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor about supporting their consumer offerings rather than offering compelling solutions for operators to run their businesses? Read More
Opinion | Distribution
STARTUP STAGE: GreatGuides wants adventure travel guides to control their own destiny
STARTUP STAGE: GreatGuides wants adventure travel guides to control their own destiny
By Jill Menze | August 6, 2019
GreatGuides is a marketplace to connect adventure travelers with adventure guides. Guides create and control their itineraries and pricing and keep up to 90% of trip fees. Read More
Interview | Online
Threatless: Why the OTA-tech alignments in activities aren’t a big deal
Threatless: Why the OTA-tech alignments in activities aren’t a big deal
By Douglas Quinby - Arival  | August 5, 2019
These developments may only pertain to a few thousand operator customers across these systems that also use these OTAs. And really only a smaller few that closely follow the industry politics across the... Read More
Opinion | Distribution
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Fever raises $35M to accelerate growth of experience booking tool
By Linda Fox | August 5, 2019
The city experiences platform brings its total funding to date to more than $70 million. Read More
News | Startups