The State of Airline Distribution 2018

The State of Airline Distribution 2018

October 2018

The airline distribution ecosystem often gets unfairly labeled as being populated by dinosaurs. Our sense is that industry players are making genuine attempts to modernize, it’s just that it takes a long time to turn around such a titanic ship. We break down this complex and, at times, intimidating topic by reviewing the current landscape and inspecting four key fault lines in the space.

A Deep Dive Into Airbnb 2018: Tackling Roadblocks on the Runway

A Deep Dive Into Airbnb 2018: Tackling Roadblocks on the Runway

October 2018

Airbnb continues to revolutionize the accommodation bookings industry while disrupting other sectors like tours and activities, restaurant reservations, and more. As the company heads towards a potential IPO, we tackle some of the key hurdles in its way including increasing regulation, impacts to housing markets, and its evolving role in both hospitality and distribution.

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part III: India and Latin America

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part III: India and Latin America

September 2018

Emerging markets will shape the future of the travel industry but each region requires a unique strategy. MakeMyTrip and Despegar, online travel leaders in India and Latin America, provide unique insights into how to succeed their respective home markets.

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part II: Supply

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part II: Supply

August 2018

Many online travel agencies are no longer specialists in one product, instead aiming to become one-stop shops. The platform that a booking site can offer is a key part of its competitive moat and the contours of supply at Booking Holding and Expedia vary widely from each other.

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part I: Advertising

The State of Online Travel Agencies 2018 Part I: Advertising

June 2018

Online travel agencies remain essential to the travel industry as consolidators of and clearinghouses for advertising dollars throughout the space. We do not see OTAs being removed from this position easily, but challenges are growing by the day.

A Deep Dive Into the Google Travel Ecosystem 2018

A Deep Dive Into the Google Travel Ecosystem 2018

December 2017

Believe it or not, these are still early days for Google in travel. Without question, the company will continue to grow its multi-billion dollar advertising business by securing stronger direct relationships with both the supplier and the traveler.

The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

November 2017

If you're reading this, then you already know that blockchain is the disruptive technology behind bitcoin, with applications reaching beyond banking and finance. You also know that Blockchain has various potential applications in travel. Online distribution is a unique case and a potential fit, due to the decentralized nature of blockchain platforms. But its success will ultimately depend on proactive adoption and willingness to break away from traditional digital frameworks and configurations. Our channel checks suggest that their is in fact a case for the technology. However, proponents will need to move fast to create compelling use cases that can deliver attractive cost savings, and/or better customer experience than what's currently out there.

Data Sheet: Outlook On Hotel Direct Booking 2017

Data Sheet: Outlook On Hotel Direct Booking 2017

November 2017

A data dive into the state of hotel distribution, with a focus on direct booking, examines how branded and independent hotels differ with regards to their practices and preferences when it comes to distribution.

Data Sheet: Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market

Data Sheet: Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market

November 2017

As China's domestic and outbound travel markets continue to grow and Chinese travelers increasingly book online, Ctrip and the travel industry as whole are poised for growth. Download this Skift Data Sheet for a glimpse at the Chinese travel market, including a look at Ctrip's financials.

A Deep Dive Into Priceline’s Competitive Position in Travel 2017

A Deep Dive Into Priceline’s Competitive Position in Travel 2017

September 2017

Priceline dominates the online travel industry. It quietly goes about its business and continuously puts up strong results year after year, turning a once-beleaguered near-dot-com-bust into one of the most successful technology companies in the world.

A Deep Dive Into Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market 2017

A Deep Dive Into Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market 2017

July 2017

As the Chinese economy has grown and opened up to the West, both domestic leisure and outbound travel have ramped significantly. At the same time, the country is still in the early stages of moving bookings from offline to online. A growing travel market and increased adoption of online bookings is a potent recipe for growth at Ctrip and the industry as a whole.

The State of Consumer Payments in Travel 2017

The State of Consumer Payments in Travel 2017

June 2017

The leather wallet is facing increasing competition from digital alternatives. In this report we explore the types of innovations shifting the payments ecosystem and identify how early adopters have been able to leverage new payment systems to drastically cut operating costs while giving consumers a better payment experience.