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Online Travel

Deep dives and market research into the dominant players and digital upstarts that shape how consumers buy travel online


The Short-Term Rental Ecosystem and Vendor Deep Dive 2019

The short-term rental sector is rapidly expanding, and it is not just Airbnb, Vrbo, and that benefit from this. A growing ecosystem of property managers and B2B vendors are professionalizing the sector, while making a decent penny.

Marketing and Media

Marketing Operations in the Travel Industry Benchmarks: Online Travel Agencies

As modern marketing gets more complex, seamless delivery of marketing success requires a strong and well-executed operations strategy.

U.S. Affluent Traveler Trends 2019: Annual Survey on Travel Behavior

The spending power of U.S. Affluent Travelers makes them an attractive target market. In the third iteration of this report, we look at how their attitudes, behaviors, and values have changed or stayed the same over time, and how they vary based on income level, age, and whether or not they have children.

Consumer Habits

U.S. Experiential Traveler Trends 2019: Annual Survey on Traveler Behavior, Motivations, and Preferences

In the third iteration of this survey, we give an in-depth look at how the modern American travelers’ values, attitudes, and behaviors have changed or remained constant over time.

Online Travel

Online Travel Agency Briefing: Highlights of Booking Holdings’ and Expedia Group’s 2018 Earnings

There's a reason we love earnings season: lot's of interesting new company data points.

Venture Capital

Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel

Analyzing startups helps us understand what the future of travel holds. The latest generation of startups promises innovation across many facets of travel: hospitality, tours, airlines, business travel, and more.


Skift Global Travel Economy Outlook 2019

As we wrap up 2018, our latest Skift Research report dives into what went well this year and what we can expect heading into 2019. Looking ahead, we expect another strong year of economic growth, with a few different puts and takes, which should translate well for the travel industry.

Online Travel

Skift Research E-Book: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Amazon's influence over travelers is likely to grow. Perhaps it will be a direct competitor, or maybe an advertising partner. In either case, travel companies need to pay careful attention. Our limited edition e-book evaluates lessons, threats, and opportunities that Amazon presents for the travel industry.

Venture Capital

Skift Research E-Book: The New Wave of Venture Capital and Startups in Travel

The travel industry, no stranger to disruption, is experiencing a new wave of venture-backed startups. These businesses are generally larger than ever before and focused on bringing new customers and products into the digital travel fold. We expect this momentum to continue and for it have an impact on executives, founders, and investors throughout the sector.


The State of Airline Distribution 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

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.

Online Travel

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

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.