Launch of the 8th Annual Survey of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry

STAY WYSE, the global association representing the youth travel accommodation industry, has just launched its 8th annual survey reviewing the global business operations of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry. The study establishes crucial business metrics and identifies trends in this growing sector. This year’s survey continues to look at average bed rates, occupancy rates, marketing activities, booking trends and sources […]

Trials for world’s first Google Glass check-in app

A company in the US is testing the world’s first Google Glass app for hotel reception staff. Hospitality IT firm Itesso has developed a new app that will allow front desk staff to instantly recognise and check-in guests via the Google Glass app, which will be integrated with the hotel’s property management system (PMS). The […]

Skyscanner to present WYSTC 2014 keynote session: The future of travel

If you have ever wondered what the future holds for tomorrow’s traveller, join our keynote session at WYSTC 2014, where Filip Filipov, Head of B2B at Skyscanner, will provide you with an insightful and entertaining look ahead to 2024. During his presentation, Filip will focus on how emerging technologies and artificial intelligence attuned to our individual travel preferences […]

Dublin-Based Global Lodging Aggregator Homestay.com Secures US$3 Million in Funding, Acquires Berlin-Based HomestayBooking

Moves Show Continued Growth, Maturation of the Hosted Travel Experience Lodging Model DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Jun 10, 2014) – Dublin-based Homestay.com has secured US$3 million funding, led by the venture capital firm Delta Partners and supported by Enterprise Ireland, and has acquired Berlin-based entity HomestayBooking, the company announced today. The moves help expand and accelerate the global footprint of […]

Young generation to reshape travel market in the Gulf region

Traditional travel behaviours of GCC population are poised to undergo an inevitable transformation in 15 years, with the upcoming tech-savvy generation turning instinctively to mobile technologies and social media to plan, book and manage travel, a research reveals. As the young population of the region will reshape the travel industry in the region, additional unfolding […]

Latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer reveals that international tourism generates US$ 1.4 trillion in export earnings

Total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 reached US$ 1.4 trillion. Receipts earned by destinations from international visitors grew by 5% to reach US$ 1159 billion, while an additional US$ 218 billion was earned by international passenger transport.   According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, receipts in destinations worldwide from expenditure by […]

Hostelworld joins Samsung Wallet in latest mobile push

Hostelworld has struck a deal with Samsung Wallet in a bid to improve its mobile offering. The budget travel website said that it is “confident” that the move will make mobile bookings quicker and more convenient. “We are continually looking for strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships and joining Samsung Wallet is a step forward in […]

The Booking Site Capitalizing on Upscale Hybrid Hostels

First popularized in Europe, the budget design hotel and upscale hybrid hotel/hostel model, with single and multi-bed units, are answering growing demand for cheap, cool and centrally located lodging in high demand cities. Brands previously covered in Skift who are driving this trend include Generator in Europe, Freehand in America and Grupo Habita in Mexico. Meanwhile, independent properties are also sprouting up worldwide to attract […]

STA Travel drops animal attractions

STA Travel has dropped tours taking in elephant rides and Tiger Temple in Thailand, as well as trips to SeaWorld in Orlando and San Diego. The company is reviewing all its provision involving contact with animals to ensure they meet what it believes are the ethical standards demanded by its customers, some of whom had […]

Judge Rules New York Airbnb Subpoena Too Broad, Attorney General Will Narrow Request

Judge Gerald W. Connolly ruled today that the New York Attorney General’s subpoena for Airbnb user information was too broad, and that Airbnb’s move to quash would be granted. “Based upon the foregoing, the subpoena at issue, as drafted, seeks materials that are irrelevant to the inquiry at hand and accordingly, must be quashed,” Judge Connolly […]