Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel

Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel

February 2019

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

Skift Global Travel Economy Outlook 2019

December 2018

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.

Skift Research E-Book: The Amazon Factor in Travel

Skift Research E-Book: The Amazon Factor in Travel

December 2018

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.

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

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

November 2018

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 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 India Outbound Travel 2018

The State of India Outbound Travel 2018

August 2018

The India outbound travel market is poised to boom in a matter of years. The global travel industry needs to make itself aware of this market and why it matters now, so they’re not scrambling to catch up later.

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.

U.S. Traveler In-Destination Mobile Usage Survey 2018

U.S. Traveler In-Destination Mobile Usage Survey 2018

July 2018

Mobile has become a key component of the in-destination experience for U.S. travelers today. From finding things to do, to spontaneous bookings, mobile apps and websites have a role to play at each part of the in-destination journey. Travel brands that can find a meaningful place in this mobile journey have a lot to gain.

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.

Amazon: Lessons, Threats and Opportunities for Travel

Amazon: Lessons, Threats and Opportunities for Travel

May 2018

Amazon likely has a role to play in the future of travel distribution, marketing, or devices — if not all three. Travel leaders need to prepare today, or risk being caught flat-footed tomorrow.