Tours & Activities


TripAdvisor 2018 strategy hotels attractions mobile
TripAdvisor bets on TV advertising, improved UX to restore profit in hotel segment
By Mitra Sorrells | February 15, 2018
TripAdvisor will expand its television advertising spending to $100 to $130 million for its hotel segment during 2018, with new creative and new markets, while simultaneously reducing online marketing... Read More
News | Online
TripAdvisor earnings full year 2017
TripAdvisor has revenue elsewhere to thank as hotel growth remains flat
By Mitra Sorrells | February 14, 2018
TripAdvisor turned in modest 5% growth in total revenue for 2017 but a notable 24% increase in revenue in its non-hotel category.    Read More
News | Online
Battling external forces: How a startup competes in the tours market
Battling external forces: How a startup competes in the tours market
By Jill Menze | February 14, 2018
The travel industry has yet to see a clear frontrunner emerge in the tours and attractions space. Be it for lack of the right idea or the right distribution model - or, most likely, both - no major or... Read More
News | Online
Cool Cousin guide app blockchain
Local guide app Cool Cousin pivots to blockchain
By Mitra Sorrells | February 13, 2018
When Nadav Saadia and his co-founders launched “Cool Cousin” in 2016, they were aiming to create a new version of a travel agency. Read More
News | Startups
Matchmaking attractions app weeds out big-box and "locally mainstream" tours
Matchmaking attractions app weeds out big-box and "locally mainstream" tours
By Jill Menze | February 13, 2018
With Kolu, the app’s co-founders are harnessing the power of three to put their spin on the local attractions space. Read More
News | Startups
Expedia ticks modest growth in 2017, now charting "new direction"
Expedia ticks modest growth in 2017, now charting "new direction"
By Mitra Sorrells | February 8, 2018
Expedia Inc.’s revenue increased 11% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to a year prior – up to $2.32 billion – but the diverse online travel company still missed analysts’ expectations by $40... Read More
News | Online
ctrip tours4fun
Ctrip’s Tours4fun acquires stake in Travstarz Global, grows B2B presence in India
By Jill Menze | February 5, 2018
Ctrip’s Tours4fun is expanding its B2B business in India by acquiring stake in Travstarz Global Group. Read More
News | Technology
Airbnb CFO out new COO named
Airbnb IPO ruled out for 2018, CFO departs
By Jill Menze | February 1, 2018
Just days after Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky outlined the company’s plans toward moving into the next century, it was announced that Laurence Tosi is stepping down from his position as chief financial... Read More
News | Technology
In The Big Chair - Feargal Mooney of Hostelworld
In The Big Chair - Feargal Mooney of Hostelworld
By Kevin May | January 30, 2018
Guiding the company through acquisitions, an increase in competition and changes to the marketplace is an exec who has spent 15 years with the business. Read More
Interview | Online
Airbnb funnels $5M into Experiences arm
Airbnb funnels $5M into Experiences arm
By Jill Menze | January 30, 2018
Airbnb is boosting its resources behind the company’s Experiences platform to the tune of $5 million. Read More
News | Online
expedia tours attractions business
Expedia plots new push on attractions without "same old playbook"
By Jill Menze | January 29, 2018
“We’re at a precipice for change,” Expedia Local Expert vice president Jen O’Twomney observes about the current state of the tours and attractions market. Read More
News | Online
Criteo study mobile and booking apps
Mobile travel bookings jump, especially for online agencies
By Mitra Sorrells | January 29, 2018
Travelers are increasingly turning to their phones – and away from desktops and tablets – to book trips and experiences.   Read More
News | Distribution
Google Phocuswright leisure study
Google's three trends to attract leisure travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | January 26, 2018
Google believes leisure travelers are “more curious, demanding and impatient than ever before,” and brands that will win them over are the ones that meet their needs quickly, easily and with... Read More
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Prepare for impact: autonomous vehicles will reshuffle the travel industry
Prepare for impact: autonomous vehicles will reshuffle the travel industry
By Alex Bainbridge - The Spontaneous Travel Company | January 26, 2018
Self-driving vehicles will, along with Blockchain, perhaps, be the next big industry-wide invention to make and break companies. Read More
Opinion | Technology
airbnb next 100 years
Airbnb CEO outlines plans for "22nd-century company"
By Jill Menze | January 25, 2018
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky today penned an open letter outlining his vision for the company’s next 100 years and announced American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault is joining the board of... Read More
News | Technology