The Future of OTA Guest Fees for Vacation Rentals: Airbnb, Booking, Expedia/HomeAway Have Conflicting Views on a Fee for Travelers

Airbnb started it. We all know the story by now. Airbnb founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia couldn’t afford to pay rent in their San Francisco apartment and decided to rent air mattresses in their loft. With success, a disruptive marketplace was born, offering residents–later to be known as “hosts”–a way to make money renting […]

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GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

Travelers on a guided tour admire the Burj Al Arab landmark in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. GetYourGuide, an activities retailer, wants to put its brand on tours similar to this one.

Skift Take: GetYourGuide is betting that travelers will prefer to book GetYourGuide-branded tours over locally branded ones. This diagonal integration echoes marketing moves made by Oyo in hotels and RedAwning in lodging rentals. But will it work?

— Sean O’Neill

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Would You Buy Your Next Event Tickets on Instagram?

A promo image of Eventbrite’s integration with Instagram.

Skift Take: Engagement with social media for planners and marketers is moving beyond hashtags and sponsored posts into a competitive marketplace for digital ticket distribution. This won’t really affect associations and B2B conferences immediately, but make sure to track the trend as consumer events experiment with distribution over social networks.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Boeing and Other U.S. Aerospace Firms May Lose Under Latest Trump Tariffs

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Comac C919 is a small Chinese-made airliner. No U.S. company has ordered it, and it’s highly unlikely any will do so, but it will be subject to tariffs. Ding Ting

Skift Take: With its new tariffs on Chinese-made jetliners, maybe the Trump administration is thinking long-term, calculating that someday Chinese jets will challenge Boeing. But for today, it’s silly. China likely will retaliate short-term, and that’s not great news for U.S. manufacturers. Chinese airlines buy a lot of Boeing jets.

— Brian Sumers

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Skift Tech Forum Themes and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sessions at the inaugural Skift Tech Forum covered the pitfalls of digital personalization.

Skift Take: This week in digital news, travel brands across many sectors thought about the long game at Skift Tech Forum. How can companies balance personalization and privacy? What kind of threat do Google and Amazon present? And how big is the gap between the tech haves and have-nots?

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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China’s Crackdown on Airline Websites Is Meeting Some Resistance

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U.S. airlines have still not complied with a request from China to remove references to Taiwan as an independent country from their websites. Pictured is a United Airlines Boeing 777 in Beijing. byeangel

Skift Take: We still don’t know whether U.S. airlines will remove Taiwan references from their websites as China has requested. Ultimately, as American CEO Doug Parker said earlier this month, this is an issue between governments. It’s likely U.S. airlines will do what their government recommends.

— Brian Sumers

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Ritz-Carlton at Sea and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

The new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection believes it can win over both fans of cruising and non-cruisers alike.

Skift Take: This week in tourism, two major companies are branching out to serve new clientele. Ritz-Carlton is betting on its “cruising yachts” and EasyJet goes deeper into packaged vacations. Plus, Royal Caribbean is going luxe by buying a $1 billion stake in Silversea.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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