Travel Technology News

The move by one of the largest tour and activity companies signals the their intent to become not just a leading city cruise operator, but a global experiences brand. Expect more acquisitions, and more M&A overall as our industry remakes itself post-Covid.
The news signals a clear opportunity to enable online connectivity in tours and attractions, which has long lagged other parts of travel in online distribution.
Get ready for another big shift in how tours, activities, and attractions are listed on Google. The search engine is winding down the booking option to shift towards an advertising-focused model similar to Google Hotels.
As of now, not much, but it is still early days for the subscription concept in travel.
Canadian company RocketRez, which targets large tour and attraction operators, has raised US$6.6 million.
The report from Business Insider says the company has raised another €80 million.
Most online travel agencies in tours and attractions are privately held or operate as divisions within other companies and do not disclose specifics. Still, it’s interesting to look at what information is out there.
Two of Asia’s biggest OTAs are have rolled out reservation systems to digitize the region’s long tail of offline operators.
In another sign of travel’s troubled times, the online travel agency closes its once sizable, legacy offline business in Hawaii and Orlando.
The struggling Experiences unit, all but ignored in Airbnb’s IPO documentation, has already transformed tours and activities more than most in the sector would admit. And it may play an even bigger role as the Airbnb story unfolds.