Watching documentaries in virtual reality could just be better than the real thing.
Alibaba's Taobao has the scale and customer data to make tsunamis in China's online travel market.
There may never be a good time to rebuild America’s infrastructure- so goes the argument. Meanwhile Europe and China are doubling down.
Virtual reality is reaching critical mass. This year’s Olympics coverage could be a watershed. While still limited and still clunky, the time for travel brands to start budgeting for VR content is fast approaching.
Less person-to-person interaction likely means more single-occupant households. Longer-run, this could translate into a lower incidence of travel.
Unpopular cryptos fade into obscurity as newer and shinier applications steal adopters. But that popularity doesn’t need to come from people. Imagine a world completely taken over by interconnected devices. Most call this the internet of things.
Telefonica, Spain’s biggest mobile carrier, announced the 5G networks are coming this year with two test cities said to become living 5G laboratories.
We wonder how the pending pull-back of Obama-era ISP regulations might impact hotel marketing and distribution. Is we do indeed see fast lanes and slow lanes, then hotels as a consumer category could be impacted more generally. Imagine hotel websites competing on access speeds. No thanks, says the customer. I'll just go to my favorite OTA where I'm guaranteed a seamless (and speedy) path to purchase.
Investors are throwing more billions at Uber. Sequoia, Tencent, TPG and SoftBank are looking to buy $8B in shares from employees and other shareholders. They’ll need the money.
Broken websites are money losers and PR nightmares, especially for a power brand like Southwest.
Apple is full of surprises these days. Pay Cash will make the iOS ecosystem that much stickier as a travel platform. Ahha moment: Apple is already part of the travel experience.
GM is lunching it’s Marketplace functionally but that won’t cut it in the age of platforms. T.G.I. Friday’s and shell gas won’t cut it. PCLN benefits. We offer scenarios on where and how Google comes ino play.
Amadeus and Expedia Affiliate Network deserve each other. Both business models go beyond simple logic yet somehow turn enormous profit. With EAN’s hotels Amadeus is answering at least one pain point from the airlines. They want to cross-sell hotel content and GDSs don’t have the inventory that the OTAs have.
We all have a sense of what an automated future will look like. Much of this will play out at the local level. Today European courts ruled that Uber is a taxi service and should be treated as one by regulators. Federations, nations and cities all go about controlling the gig economy in different ways and for different reasons. The Union wants to stall U.S. enterprises to give European counterparts a chance. Nations see tax revenue potential. Local regulators want to create jobs and to keep their constituents happy. We wonder how this will help or hurt Europe’s innovation economy.
Russian visitor numbers to Cuba surpassed 100,000 in 2017, an increase of 67 percent from the previous year. Russia exports to Cuba also jumped 81 percent, up to $225 million during the January-September period, official Russian data shows. “We can call this period a renaissance,” Aleksandr Bogatyr, Russia’s trade representative in Cuba, said in an interview With Reuters. Russia is Cuba’s largest trading partner, second to China. One hundred miles away, Trump pulls back relationship-building efforts with Caribbean nation. The island clearly remains a geopolitical and economic backdrop for the U.S. Overall, we are discouraged by decades of misguided U.S. policy toward Cuba and Latin America more generally.
Amazon would probably give away its Echo and Dot speakers away for free if it could get away with it. Some estimate Amazon currently has 75% market share in the space, largely because of their first-mover advantage. And, hardware is often sticky once consumers buy in. This will give Besos and team time to catch up on Alexa’s capability as it goes toe-to-toe with Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Amazon’s early lead working with hotels and hospitality will also become the retail giant’s toehold in travel. Once inked, corporate contracts are much harder to break.