The Brief is read daily by almost 1000 tour operators and tour professionals. Below you can read the top 10 news articles that our readers clicked on in 2019.
GetYourGuide‘s COO, Tao Tao issued a warning to the industry over OTAs owning tour booking systems, following the acquisition of Bokun by Tripadvisor and FareHarbor by Booking Holdings. This one generated a lot of debate on a podcast round table with Peter Syme and Alex Bainbridge (listen here if you missed it.)
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In a shock move, Booking pulled out of the Experiences sector..for now. Our friends at Arival broke the news. Arival also got the scoop on the Airbnb investment into Dutch OTA Tiqets. I doff my hat to Jenna Blumenfeld and the Arival team.
Douglas Quinby, CEO of Arival opines on the state of play for the 160+ booking platform/res tech companies.
5 A feisty tweet from Skift’s veteran travel industry journalist Dennis Schaal sparked an interesting debate during Arival Orlando. Grab a bag of popcorn for this one.
‘Sorry but I don’t see why tours and activities is ‘the best part of travel.’ It’s great but so is lots of the rest of travel. And, mirror, mirror on the wall, is Experiences the hottest sector? You can certainly make the argument that short-term rentals is hot, hot, hotter.
‘Joe Zadeh, an early Airbnb employee who has been running the Experiences business since it debuted three years ago, will relinquish the post pending the appointment of a successor.’
“I believe that people do business with other people. They don’t do business with other businesses. So when they come and speak to us and I, going back to honesty, I try to say, no, I can’t manage 4,000 of your staff members coming and volunteering and no, we don’t need another webinar on doing this because we don’t have the capacity to implement it. But what we need is a couple of people coming on half a day to support us with that.” She advises anyone who is trying to engage with another company to give clear direction. “It’s a lot easier for them to say, yep, okay, I’ll do this. No problem.” Make sure to have a specific ask which fills an immediate need when approaching a company and be focused on what you want for the next step of your business.
Digital Marketing expert Mike Blumenthal vents his frustration at Google.
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