Crete sits at the top of Kayak’s “Best Islands of Europe” ranking for 2021 based on stunning beaches, child friendliness, and other factors.
Greek Tourism Minister Theoharis Pushing Direct Athens-Boston Air Link
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis was in Boston this week discussing the possible creation of more solid airline linkages.
Study Shows Travelers Want Travel Assistance from AI Chatbots
Over 75% of Americans surveyes by AI producer Humley, say they rely heavily on chatbots to imrprove the quality of their travel expereinces.
Lola Travel Gets $15 Mil, A+ in Responsiveness, and a Wink
News Kayak founder Paul English has just raised $15 million in funding for his Lola Travel Co. is a shot in the arm for a travel tech industry stagnant since months. According to the news, Lola received a fresh infusion of capital from Charles River Ventures, General Catalyst and Accel.. Here’s a brief snapshot of a new company that says it’s going to provide on-demand, personal service to the world of travelers.
GoEuro: At Just the Right Time
Just launched today in beta, GoEuro is a travel search website that lets users plan, organize, and compare their trips across air, rail, bus, and auto travel modes. While no more innovative then your typical metasearch tool, this new startup comes along at just the right time.
Priceline to Buy Kayak in $1.8 Billion Deal
Priceline (NASDAQ: PCLN) announced on Thursday an official agreement to purchase travel research and comparison site Kayak in a stock and cash transaction.
Mobile Already Edging Out PC Booking: Travel Trends
Recent news indicates that anticipated move toward mobile booking and buying in travel is really already here. As anyone in the developmental end of the hospitality development business already knows, smart device connects will soon represent a disproportionate share of all sales.
Kayak Dumps BlackBerry in Graveyard
The popular travel application Kayak, which has helped many a traveler out of a tight spot somewhere down the line, has hammered yet another nail in the coffin of BlackBerry, announcing that it will no longer be providing support or updates for the app on their mobile devices.
OTA Package Deal Races On
News from Orbitz Chicago headquarters tells of the company’s latest partnering deal with Hawaiian Airlines, a private labeling solution supposed to power hotel and vacation packaging bookings. The prospective “win-win” being Obritz on the airline’s website, and Hawaiian taking advantage of Orbitz leverage.
Nickels & Dimes & Billions: Ancillary Revenue Notes
An article just the other day at Travel Agent Central hints at just how deep the well of ancillary travel revenue may be. According to a cited Amadeus/IdeaWorks report, ancillary revenues could triple from $32 billion to over $100 billion on the heels of electronic miscellaneous documents (EMDs). But, the real story beneath transactions may be the […]
Google Is NOT Taking Over Travel With Hotel Finder
Okay, just because Google bought ITA, just because flight search stuff got put onto the search page, just because they have 50 billion reasons to take over online travel, does not mean Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and the rest at Google will. AND, launching the unbelievably fast Google Hotel Finder aspect for online travel? Nah, Google will never take over the multi-billion dollar online travel scene. Yeah! They will.
Tours4Fun and Hop2 Flight Search Partner
In budget travel news, sightseeing tour company, Tours4Fun, announced a new partnership with Hop2 Travel for offering direct access for affordable flights. The Los Angeles based tour company will also add Hop2 offerings like car rentals, hotels, and even cruises for their clients. Argo takes a look at this news bit to evaluate some OTA corporate moves – is this news or not? Let’s see.
Google + and Really Refined Reviews – Coming Soon
The suggested Google Travel entity could be just around the corner. According to the news from Tnooz and Kevin May, Google unceremoniously yanked third party reviews from hotels on Google Maps and Google Places, a move May suggests puts Google’s review credibility down there with TripAdvisor’s. But what if?
Will Google Launch Their ITA Travel Weapon?
According to TechCrunch’s reliable network of source, Google may well roll out an integrated ITA search platform within days. A report by TC’s Leena Rao 16 hours ago suggests Google’s recent acquisition may in fact be the forboding nightmare Microsoft, Expedia, and others feared.
Travel Republic Now Open In Spain
Travel Republic, one of the top online travel sites in the UK and around the world, has announced their expansion into the Spain market. Our friends at Travel Daily News reported on this last week, outlining Travel Republic’s strong ties with Spanish hotels, and the obvious benefits of engaging that space.