Tours & Activities


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
fever-funding-35M
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
Suppliers, beware: A threat lurks in tours and activities distribution
Suppliers, beware: A threat lurks in tours and activities distribution
By Tao Tao - GetYourGuide  | August 1, 2019
There is a growing threat to the future of tours and activities: the loss of independence in reservation systems, thanks to acquisitions by TripAdvisor and Booking Holdings. At GetYourGuide, we don’t... Read More
Opinion | Distribution
expedia group q2 2019
Vrbo ticks revenue growth as Expedia Group gets brand "back on track"
By Jill Menze | July 25, 2019
For the quarter ending June 30, revenue for Vrbo was up 17% compared to the second quarter of 2018, while gross bookings were up 2% compared to the same period. Read More
News | Online
Cruise line apps are igniting early onboard spending
Cruise line apps are igniting early onboard spending
By Tom Stieghorst - Travel Weekly  | July 24, 2019
Cruise lines are expanding and refining their mobile device apps, and one result is a growing stream of onboard revenue as more people book activities through the app before boarding. Read More
News | Online
A tale of two startups - a booming tours and activities sector has a dark side
A tale of two startups - a booming tours and activities sector has a dark side
By Kevin May | July 23, 2019
For all the money pouring into the likes of GetYourGuide and Klook, spare a thought for other businesses that are finding the sector extremely tough. Read More
News | Online
Inflyter and Grab get funded, airport service app market heats up
Inflyter and Grab get funded, airport service app market heats up
By Kevin May | July 19, 2019
Inflyter and Grab will both receive undisclosed investment from Collinson as part of its strategy to support up-and-coming startups in the sector. Read More
News | Online
Being your own boss - the importance of web content for tour and activity providers
Being your own boss - the importance of web content for tour and activity providers
By Chris Torres - Tourism Marketing Agency  | July 19, 2019
If you run a tour or activity company in 2019, you cannot succeed without a high‐performing website. Read More
Opinion | Online
TripAdvisor still inspires booking confidence, new study shows
TripAdvisor still inspires booking confidence, new study shows
By Jill Menze | July 16, 2019
Despite cries of fake content infiltrating reviews sites, travelers are still turning to TripAdvisor ahead of booking trips, a new study shows. Read More
News | Online