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Operators focused on the youth traveler may want to have a look at this startup
David Schelp also told the Arival Spring Into Summer conference that TUI Musement would likely continue to sell tours owned by GetYourGuide
We asked the founders of a tour operator, an online tour provider, and a tech company what GetYourGuide’s acquisition of a tour operator means — and could mean — for our industry.
19 startups have raised $496M since the start of the pandemic, with Klook, GetYourGuide and KKDay leading the pack.
If the OTA blurred the lines between distributor and operator with its GetYourGuide-branded Originals, the acquisition of Guidatours only further signals the OTA’s bigger plans to have more say over tour supply and their customers’ experience.
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.

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