Tours & Activities


Google's Touring Bird plots big expansion of tours and activities service
Google's Touring Bird plots big expansion of tours and activities service
By Kevin May | April 24, 2019
The massive jump from its official launch number of 20 in September 2018 to 200 this week comes almost a year to the day since the Google Area 120-run search engine was first tested in the open market. Read More
News | Online
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TripScout signals next phase of travel discovery app with $2.1M funding
By Kevin May | April 24, 2019
The investment is being led by Corazon Capital and includes participation from a number of other funds including New Stack Ventures, MATH Ventures and Connetic Ventures. Read More
News | Startups
OYO Near You experiences launch
OYO enters experiences space with “OYO Near You”
By Mitra Sorrells | April 23, 2019
OYO will offer activities such as comedy shows, wine tastings and live music at some of its OYO Townhouse properties in India. Read More
News | Distribution
Phocuswright Europe 2019 preview Lax Poojary
In the green room at Phocuswright Europe with... Lax Poojary
By PhocusWire | April 22, 2019
In a series of interviews with executives participating at the event in Amsterdam in May, PhocusWire finds out what makes them tick... Next up: Touring Bird (Area 120 - Google) co-founder and CEO Lax... Read More
Interview | Online
How to deepen the relationship between tour and attraction suppliers and distributors
How to deepen the relationship between tour and attraction suppliers and distributors
By Melanie Ryan Meador - Redeam  | April 18, 2019
Distributors can make great business partners, but they’re also keen to make the most money off suppliers as possible… or as much as you will let them. Read More
From Our Partners | Distribution
Retailing for hoteliers: What it is and what you need to do
Retailing for hoteliers: What it is and what you need to do
By Diane Merlino  | April 17, 2019
From selling guest rooms and hotel services differently to monetizing under-utilized spaces and partnering with local businesses on experiences, a new model of retailing is slowly taking hold in the... Read More
From Our Partners | Technology
Phocuswright Europe 2019 preview Alessandro Petazzi
In the green room at Phocuswright Europe with... Alessandro Petazzi
By PhocusWire | April 12, 2019
In a series of interviews with executives participating at the event in Amsterdam in May, PhocusWire finds out what makes them tick... Next up: Musement founder and CEO Alessandro Petazzi. Read More
Interview | Online
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Marketing buzzwords are powerful ... if you know the customer
By Matt Walker - LikeWhere  | April 10, 2019
"Local," "experience," "platform," "storytelling" - many words in travel marketing are ceasing to communicate value both internally and to the customer. Read More
Opinion | Online
Klook boosts Series D with an additional $225M in funding
Klook boosts Series D with an additional $225M in funding
By Linda Fox | April 9, 2019
Tours and activities platform Klook has added $225 million to its Series D, bringing its funding total for the round to $425 million. Read More
News | Startups
Lonely Planet acquires TRILL to make its visual content bookable
Lonely Planet acquires TRILL to make its visual content bookable
By Jill Menze | April 3, 2019
Lonely Planet will use TRILL's technology, which turns Instagram posts into bookable experiences, to cultivate a community of influencers. Read More
News | Online
Google is at a crossroads with its ambitions in travel
Google is at a crossroads with its ambitions in travel
By PhocusWire | April 3, 2019
The decisions around Google's strategy in travel will perhaps be made mainly by the company itself, despite the concerns of those that help fund its operations in the industry. Read More
News | Online
VIDEO: Bringing an immersive experience to destination activities
VIDEO: Bringing an immersive experience to destination activities
By Kevin May | April 2, 2019
Similar to advances in the movie industry in recent decades, technology can give visitors a new way to experience a destination. Read More
News | Technology
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Amadeus says traveler needs are ripe for innovation
By Linda Fox | April 2, 2019
Amadeus Ventures is focusing on the traveler experience in the hope that innovation can improve the journey for passengers, guests and others. Read More
News | Technology
How smaller travel brands can ride the personalization wave
How smaller travel brands can ride the personalization wave
By Matt Langie - Adara  | April 2, 2019
Personalization is great for a global airline, or even a regional cruise line. For most smaller travel brands, even regular personalization can seem out of reach.  Read More
Opinion | Technology
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It's time to decide - standardize technology in activities, or not?
By Stephen Joyce - Rezgo  | April 1, 2019
The sector is perhaps too far down the path with connectivity to be saved by standards, but a focused effort by both the supply and demand side of the sector can prevent some of the associated pain. Read More
Opinion | Technology