Getting Into Each Other’s Business: Airbnb, OTAs & Hotels


Hotels and OTAs are offering short-term rentals and Airbnb is listing hotel rooms. Why? This spring, Airbnb’s managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jeroen Merchiers, told a Skift Forum Europe audience,  “The concept of home sharing and staying in a flat instead of hotel room is something that people want. It’s not just… Read more »

Are Travelers Really Ready To Book By Voice?


“Booking by voice” is certainly a trending topic and one we included in the recent series of posts about our 2018 Travel Trends survey. The rate at which voice-activated devices are being adopted opens the door for more disruption in the travel industry. There’s considerable buzz and numerous references to booking by voice. But, what’s… Read more »

Growth More Than Story Of One Country: APAC Travel Market Series


A look at APAC booking trends naturally focuses on China. It would be difficult to overestimate the impact of its enormous population and demand for travel. According to Phocuswright’s 10th edition of Asia Pacific Online Travel Overview; China’s travel gross bookings are expected to grow 46% by 2021. At that time, “China will account for… Read more »

Three Reasons You Need A Better Strategy For International Payments

International Payments

Interest in international travel is higher than ever, across the globe. While that presents a huge opportunity for travel companies to expand and offer new destinations, it can also create some operational headaches. Volatile exchange rates and high fees can make international payments risky and expensive. But with the right payments strategy and the right… Read more »

More US Travelers Are On The Road Again

US Traveler

Three thousand miles coast-to-coast with forests and deserts, mountains and prairies, and small towns in between, combined with unique regional flavors and culture, equals countless possibilities for the quintessential US road trip.  More and more Americans are doing this each year. The Times recently ran a piece about the “comeback” of the US road trip,… Read more »