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Travelport’s New CEO Lays Out Bold Plan for a Tech Overhaul

Travelport’s New CEO Lays Out Bold Plan for a Tech Overhaul

Travelport CEO Greg Webb tells us that the travel distribution giant's private equity investors support a major technology overhaul and that it will involve minimal heartache for agencies. It'll be
Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sabre CEO Sean Menke is right to highlight the progress his business has made during the three years since he took the top job. He's also right to insist the company needs to invest more in tech to
Smaller Tour Operators and Hotels Get New Tools to Drive Direct Bookings

Smaller Tour Operators and Hotels Get New Tools to Drive Direct Bookings

Direct bookings have been harder for smaller hotels and mom-and-pop tour operators to get than for the big guys. Still, tech providers, such as Sojern, Xola, and Destinia, aim to democratize online
How Security, Privacy, and Trust Can Help Travel Brands Offer a More Human Experience

How Security, Privacy, and Trust Can Help Travel Brands Offer a More Human Experience

Utilizing data is an integral part of how travel brands can offer a better customer experience. But securing this data, protecting customer privacy, and building trust can be equally essential to
Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Whether rumors of a merger with rival Gojek will become a fact remain to be seen, but the latest fund injection Grab received for its payment services war chest is a clear boost for its valuation.
Expedia Begins Layoffs Targeting 12 Percent of Its Workforce

Expedia Begins Layoffs Targeting 12 Percent of Its Workforce

Diller and Kern are taking an ax, as promised, to Expedia Group's payroll. This could be just the first round, and the thinking might be: Why sell to private equity, have those folks squeeze out the
Collapse of Australia’s Fly365 Shakes Confidence in Online Booking

Collapse of Australia’s Fly365 Shakes Confidence in Online Booking

The sudden collapse of Sydney-based Fly365, the latest in a string of closures of online booking sites, is expected to shake up consumer confidence in travel agencies. The Australian Federation of
Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

In digital news this week, Google is so omnipresent that even a small tweak to the way that its searches work can have an impact on the rest of the travel industry. Plus, Skift talks with
‘1917’ Digital, 4K, and Blu-Ray Details Revealed

‘1917’ Digital, 4K, and Blu-Ray Details Revealed

1917 blew the damn roof off of my brain cage and shattered the damn siding off of my heart walls. It's a very good movie, is what I'm saying. And if you haven't seen the "presented in one shot" World
Bloomberg is hiring a small army of digital organizers to make him look 'cool' on social media

Bloomberg is hiring a small army of digital organizers to make him look 'cool' on social media

Michael Bloomberg continues to flaunt his billionaire status, this time by taking over your social media feed. His presidential campaign team is hiring over 500 “deputy digital organizers” to text
Loyalty Prime Raises Funding for Subscription-Based Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Loyalty Prime Raises Funding for Subscription-Based Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Several travel companies, such as Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Frankfurt Airport, have used the services of Loyalty Prime, a startup that builds next-generation software for running loyalty
Skift Forum Europe Preview: Booking.com’s Top Marketing Exec Vows to Unify Messaging

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Booking.com’s Top Marketing Exec Vows to Unify Messaging

There's a ton of pressure on Booking.com's new chief marketing officer, especially given the fact that his boss said a few months ago that the brand's creative hasn't been up to par. The company wants
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Blu-ray Will Contain a Feature-Length Making-of Documentary

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Blu-ray Will Contain a Feature-Length Making-of Documentary

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive on Digital on March 17th and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st. The home release will contain "over two hours
New Funding Will Help Colombian Hotel Chain Ayenda Push Into Peru

New Funding Will Help Colombian Hotel Chain Ayenda Push Into Peru

Ayenda's Series A is notable for being led by Kaszek, a giant among Latin American venture firms. The industry will be watching to see if Ayenda can apply Oyo's model of bringing brand standards to
Official ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Chronological Episode Order List Unveiled

Official ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Chronological Episode Order List Unveiled

While the series was cut short from its broadcast run, the entirety of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is currently available to stream on Netflix Disney+. The animated series takes place in the time gap
Google’s Customized Travel Search Features Receive Massive Traffic in the U.S.: New Skift Research

Google’s Customized Travel Search Features Receive Massive Traffic in the U.S.: New Skift Research

This report explores the impact of Google across the travel supply chain, from rivals in the metasearch space to uneasy allies at the online travel agencies and brand clients that can use Google tools
Expedia Chairman Blasts His Own Company and 14 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Chairman Blasts His Own Company and 14 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

This week in digital news, Expedia Chairman Barry Diller led an eventful earnings call during which he tore into the company's work-life balance and bloat, but also admitted he was just beginning to
Lastminute.com Pushes Into India With HolidayIQ Deal

Lastminute.com Pushes Into India With HolidayIQ Deal

Speculation continues to grow around Lastminute.com Group's ownership. In the meantime it's getting on with expanding its presence across the globe. -Patrick Whyte
Investor Heavyweight Lakestar Bets on Limehome and Impala: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Investor Heavyweight Lakestar Bets on Limehome and Impala: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Of particular note this week is that top-tier European venture capital firm Lakestar has bet on two companies: Impala, which helps hotels talk to other businesses, and Limehome, a next-generation
Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

The straight talk from Diller and Kern will likely delight Wall Street, and rankle former management and current employees. Employees will have to buy into the new vision if there's any hope it will