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Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.
-Dennis Schaal

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.
-Dennis Schaal

Road trips remain incredibly popular in many parts of the world and are a great way to get off the beaten path. RVShare's new CEO, an ex-HomeAway executive, is likely looking to capture more than the sliver of the market it currently has.

RVShare Raises $50 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Road trips remain incredibly popular in many parts of the world and are a great way to get off the beaten path. RVShare’s new CEO, an ex-HomeAway executive, is likely looking to capture more than the sliver of the market it currently has.

Swayy, the new service that allows hotels and travel companies to quickly and easily connect with influencers, has been named the winner of the 2018 Travel Technology Disrupt Award

Swayy Wins Travel Technology Disrupt Award 2018

Swayy, the new service that allows hotels and travel companies to quickly and easily connect with influencers, has been named the winner of the 2018 Travel Technology Disrupt Award

Competitors are right to worry about Google's mapping advantage. For years now, Google Maps has been an unmatched trip-planning tool; some destinations that Google hasn't mapped really suffer. 
-Sarah Enelow

Google May Beat Competitors in Mapping Again, This Time for Driverless Cars

Competitors are right to worry about Google’s mapping advantage. For years now, Google Maps has been an unmatched trip-planning tool; some destinations that Google hasn’t mapped really suffer.
-Sarah Enelow

When it comes to creating a visitor guide that stands out, there are a number of dos and don’ts destination marketers should keep in mind.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

New eBook: How to Keep Your Visitor Guide Relevant to Today’s Traveler

When it comes to creating a visitor guide that stands out, there are a number of dos and don’ts destination marketers should keep in mind.
-Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

The name change to Booking Holdings reflects the reality that Booking.com dominates the parent company's business. Although the parent company still calls Connecticut home, the balance of power shifted long ago to Amsterdam.
-Dennis Schaal

Priceline Group Changes Name to Reflect Booking.com’s Power

The name change to Booking Holdings reflects the reality that Booking.com dominates the parent company’s business. Although the parent company still calls Connecticut home, the balance of power shifted long ago to Amsterdam.
-Dennis Schaal

Travel is supposed to be the grand connector. Yet, whether consciously or not, the travel publishing world seems to be failing to seize a moment to champion what it always has championed — that travel helps reduce prejudice, bias, and bigotry.
-Dennis Schaal

Why U.S. Travel Media Won’t Tell People to Visit Russia

Travel is supposed to be the grand connector. Yet, whether consciously or not, the travel publishing world seems to be failing to seize a moment to champion what it always has championed — that travel helps reduce prejudice, bias, and bigotry.
-Dennis Schaal

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); new laws will be put in place that seeks to safeguard the rights of EU data subjects

What impact will GDPR have on hotels?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); new laws will be put in place that seeks to safeguard the rights of EU data subjects

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor reported fourth-quarter earnings and we dug into their TV advertising strategy, which involves leaning away from online marketing — bad news for Google. 
-Sarah Enelow

TripAdvisor’s TV-Heavy Marketing and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

This week in digital news, TripAdvisor reported fourth-quarter earnings and we dug into their TV advertising strategy, which involves leaning away from online marketing — bad news for Google.
-Sarah Enelow

HotelTonight made a smart move by expanding beyond last-minute bookings. So far, the company's willingness to tweak its product and roll with the punches is paying off with profitability. 
-Sarah Enelow

HotelTonight CEO Chides Big Competitors for Misguided Priorities

HotelTonight made a smart move by expanding beyond last-minute bookings. So far, the company’s willingness to tweak its product and roll with the punches is paying off with profitability.
-Sarah Enelow

WeTravel finds itself in a competitive payments market. The company had a good first year, and expanding to larger travel companies is likely on its to-do list.

WeTravel Raises $2 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

WeTravel finds itself in a competitive payments market. The company had a good first year, and expanding to larger travel companies is likely on its to-do list.

Events bring expert groups together to Amsterdam, The Netherlands to enhance attendee experience

HFTP and HSMAI Region Europe to Co-locate European Conferences in April 2018

Events bring expert groups together to Amsterdam, The Netherlands to enhance attendee experience

Google execs are not losing any sleep yet, but they are likely aware that some of their largest travel advertisers are starting to favor commercials on TV instead of sponsored search engine links. The big spenders' new strategies will have a rippling impact across other metasearch companies, as well.
-Dennis Schaal

TripAdvisor Has a TV-Heavy Marketing Strategy That Competitors Are Trying Too

Google execs are not losing any sleep yet, but they are likely aware that some of their largest travel advertisers are starting to favor commercials on TV instead of sponsored search engine links. The big spenders’ new strategies will have a rippling impact across other metasearch companies, as well.
-Dennis Schaal

TUI seems to have found a good use case for blockchain technology, and the implied cost savings would help boost profits. But could TUI achieve the same result with an alternative?
-Patrick Whyte

TUI Is Relying on Its Blockchain to Help Boost Profits

TUI seems to have found a good use case for blockchain technology, and the implied cost savings would help boost profits. But could TUI achieve the same result with an alternative?
-Patrick Whyte

Shiji is a Beijing-based company that provides hotels and restaurants with operational software and hardware. It was already on an overseas acquisition spree before this new funding. Global leader Oracle Hospitality should be on guard.
-Sean O'Neill

What’s Behind Alibaba’s $486 Million Investment in Hotel Tech Giant Shiji

Shiji is a Beijing-based company that provides hotels and restaurants with operational software and hardware. It was already on an overseas acquisition spree before this new funding. Global leader Oracle Hospitality should be on guard.
-Sean O’Neill

This week in digital news, we analyzed online travel agency earnings. Trivago braces for slow 2018 growth and Expedia grapples with hotels' direct booking success. 
-Sarah Enelow

Expedia’s Relationship With Hotels and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

This week in digital news, we analyzed online travel agency earnings. Trivago braces for slow 2018 growth and Expedia grapples with hotels’ direct booking success.
-Sarah Enelow