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Our channel checks and industry data point to a relevant future for blockchain technology in travel distribution. However, proponents will need to move fast in creating compelling applications that perform better than what's already out there. 
-Luke Bujarski

New Skift Research Report: The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

Our channel checks and industry data point to a relevant future for blockchain technology in travel distribution. However, proponents will need to move fast in creating compelling applications that perform better than what’s already out there.
-Luke Bujarski

Is this only the beginning of the beginning of online travel? With a recent downbeat set of results from online travel agencies, it's a question that's hotly debated these days.

Video: Travel Investors on Why Booking Sites Still Have Plenty of Room For Growth

Is this only the beginning of the beginning of online travel? With a recent downbeat set of results from online travel agencies, it’s a question that’s hotly debated these days.

One day, two prizes: received the Editor’s Choice Award 2017 in the category “Technology” and was also awarded “Best in Show” at this year’s “HX: The Hotel Experience” trade show in New York.

Best New Tech Product- Media Carrier’s Media Box at HX Hospitality Show

One day, two prizes: received the Editor’s Choice Award 2017 in the category “Technology” and was also awarded “Best in Show” at this year’s “HX: The Hotel Experience” trade show in New York.

Airbus's setback with Emirates makes for compelling gossip. But it shouldn't overshadow the manufacturer having secured a $50 billion deal last week for 430 single-aisle aircraft.

-Sean O'Neill

Why Airbus Lost Its Super Jumbo Deal With Emirates

Airbus’s setback with Emirates makes for compelling gossip. But it shouldn’t overshadow the manufacturer having secured a $50 billion deal last week for 430 single-aisle aircraft.

-Sean O’Neill

What do a debate over landing pages, the acquisition of Momondo, a shift into hotel software services, and regulators forcing changes in online travel agency contracts have in common? Each of those seemingly unrelated things may have pushed Priceline to toggle back its spending on Trivago.
-Sean O'Neill

Inside Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago — The Backstory

What do a debate over landing pages, the acquisition of Momondo, a shift into hotel software services, and regulators forcing changes in online travel agency contracts have in common? Each of those seemingly unrelated things may have pushed Priceline to toggle back its spending on Trivago.
-Sean O’Neill

We had speculated before that Ctrip might use its newly acquired Trip.com domain for its own agency listings, displacing the travel recommendation service it recently bought. By de-emphasizing its Chinese origin, it may hope to ingratiate itself with more Western travelers.
-Sean O'Neill

Ctrip Relaunches Trip.com as Its English Language Travel Agency Brand

We had speculated before that Ctrip might use its newly acquired Trip.com domain for its own agency listings, displacing the travel recommendation service it recently bought. By de-emphasizing its Chinese origin, it may hope to ingratiate itself with more Western travelers.
-Sean O’Neill

Car ownership has been a mainstay of high-income economies since Henry Ford pioneered mass production in the early part of the 20th century. The rise of ridehailing companies like Uber is changing the game, but the greater shock to the system will be when self-driving cars become a reality.
-Patrick Whyte

Popularity of Ridehailing Services Will Hurt New Car Sales

Car ownership has been a mainstay of high-income economies since Henry Ford pioneered mass production in the early part of the 20th century. The rise of ridehailing companies like Uber is changing the game, but the greater shock to the system will be when self-driving cars become a reality.
-Patrick Whyte

This week in digital news, we initially thought Google's earbuds with real-time translation would be big, but not so much. Travel companies like Expedia and JetBlue may extend credit to travelers, who would pay for trips in installments -- could be risky for both lender and borrower. 
-Sarah Enelow

Google Revamped Its Flights Product and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

This week in digital news, we initially thought Google’s earbuds with real-time translation would be big, but not so much. Travel companies like Expedia and JetBlue may extend credit to travelers, who would pay for trips in installments — could be risky for both lender and borrower.
-Sarah Enelow

Google made its claim to fame partly on the simplicity of its user interface. Its new interface for flights search is a return to its elegant design roots.
-Sean O'Neill

Google Flights’ New Look Moves Away From Travel Inspiration

Google made its claim to fame partly on the simplicity of its user interface. Its new interface for flights search is a return to its elegant design roots.
-Sean O’Neill

The Internet of Things is radically changing the way we travel. A new Worldpayreport looks at how consumers feel about these connected technologies, both good and bad.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

Travelers Are Open to the Internet of Things, Yet Privacy Concerns Persist

The Internet of Things is radically changing the way we travel. A new Worldpayreport looks at how consumers feel about these connected technologies, both good and bad.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

In the California gold rush, businesses once sold pickaxes to prospectors. In today's vacation rental gold rush,  they're selling management services to the property owners. The safest bets are always adjacent services.
-Sean O'Neill

Hostmaker Raises $15 Million for Short-Term Rental Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

In the California gold rush, businesses once sold pickaxes to prospectors. In today’s vacation rental gold rush, they’re selling management services to the property owners. The safest bets are always adjacent services.
-Sean O’Neill

Travel brands face new challenges as consumer demands change, the role of technology grows and the landscape becomes increasingly crowded. Top marketers in travel recently gathered to talk about the approaches they’re taking to meet these challenges.

-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

How Today’s Top Travel Marketers Think About Customer Engagement

Travel brands face new challenges as consumer demands change, the role of technology grows and the landscape becomes increasingly crowded. Top marketers in travel recently gathered to talk about the approaches they’re taking to meet these challenges.

-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

The future you're promised is never the future you get. Google is touting artificial intelligence-powered translation capability as a transformative feature for its users, but it's really just an impractical repackaging of existing technology.
-Andrew Sheivachman

Google Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Aren’t Much More Than a Gimmick

The future you’re promised is never the future you get. Google is touting artificial intelligence-powered translation capability as a transformative feature for its users, but it’s really just an impractical repackaging of existing technology.
-Andrew Sheivachman

It's not surprising that the chief creative officer of Facebook thinks travel companies should get smarter about using — and ostensibly advertising on — Facebook products. But he also adds insight on why mobile is so crucial for travel companies to master and why virtual reality is less important.
-Hannah Sampson

Video: Facebook Chief Creative Officer Thinks Virtual Reality Is a Low Priority

It’s not surprising that the chief creative officer of Facebook thinks travel companies should get smarter about using — and ostensibly advertising on — Facebook products. But he also adds insight on why mobile is so crucial for travel companies to master and why virtual reality is less important.
-Hannah Sampson

Digital is eating the world. No matter what your role in the travel industry, the question is when, not if, your business will be affected. Our annual digital transformation report, released in partnership with Adobe, is an effort to show how businesses are preparing for this digital transformation. Sign up now to receive your complimentary copy when the report launches in December.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

Announcing the 2018 Digital Transformation Report

Digital is eating the world. No matter what your role in the travel industry, the question is when, not if, your business will be affected. Our annual digital transformation report, released in partnership with Adobe, is an effort to show how businesses are preparing for this digital transformation. Sign up now to receive your complimentary copy when the report launches in December.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

Partnering with Samsung and Legrand, Marriott hopes to deepen personalised guest experiences.

Marriott unveils IoT hotel room of the future

Partnering with Samsung and Legrand, Marriott hopes to deepen personalised guest experiences.

It was only a matter of time before the big brands started rolling this smart-room technology. But what will be even more interesting is seeing which brand's approach works better in a hospitality setting, and is more appealing not only to guests but to hotel owners, too.

-Deanna Ting

Hilton and Marriott Turn to the Internet of Things to Transform the Hotel Room Experience

It was only a matter of time before the big brands started rolling this smart-room technology. But what will be even more interesting is seeing which brand’s approach works better in a hospitality setting, and is more appealing not only to guests but to hotel owners, too.

-Deanna Ting

Companies ought to carry out adequate checks on the ability of borrowers to repay travel loans on time. Otherwise, a surprise disruption such as an Icelandic volcano or an economic downturn could prompt defaults.
-Sean O'Neill

Travel Companies Start Lending Consumers Money to Book Trips

Companies ought to carry out adequate checks on the ability of borrowers to repay travel loans on time. Otherwise, a surprise disruption such as an Icelandic volcano or an economic downturn could prompt defaults.
-Sean O’Neill

This week in digital news, it's earnings season and the online travel agencies did not deliver. At least Expedia, Priceline, TripAdvisor, and Trivago are all in good company. 
-Sarah Enelow

Online Travel Plunge Spurs Investor Wariness and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

This week in digital news, it’s earnings season and the online travel agencies did not deliver. At least Expedia, Priceline, TripAdvisor, and Trivago are all in good company.
-Sarah Enelow