ATM Virtual focus: How will the tours and attraction sector change after COVID-19?

ATM Virtual focus: How will the tours and attraction sector change after COVID-19?

Digital, distribution and venture-backed platforms have been ushering in a dramatic change, from how travelers plan and book, to how operators and distributors connect.

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Airbnb to acquire HotelTonight reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform

Airbnb to acquire HotelTonight reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform

The HotelTonight team has developed deep relationships with boutique hotels and expertise in seamless, last-minute booking.

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Mobile bookings in Saudi Arabia jumped 116 percent compared to 2016, revealed Cleartrip data

Mobile bookings in Saudi Arabia jumped 116 percent compared to 2016, revealed Cleartrip data

The online travel sector in the GCC grew nine percent in 2017, reveals Cleartrip, one of the leading mobile and online travel companies in the Middle East, in its 2017 Travel Insights Report. The report, which derives insights from the company’s proprietary data and the data from over 400 partner...

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Airbnb unveils new property types, new tiers

Airbnb unveils new property types, new tiers

  Ten years ago, Airbnb cofounders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia inflated three airbeds in their San Francisco apartment and started what has become a global phenomenon in travel. Today, Airbnb is one of the world’s largest accommodation platforms with 4.5 million places to stay in 81,000 cities. Over the last 10 years, Airbnb hosts earned...

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CryptoBnB launches the first hospitality utility token

CryptoBnB launches the first hospitality utility token

CryptoBnB, one of the world’s first online short-term rental and tenant smart matching platforms, announced a new partnership with WTC, Japa’s largest travel agency and B&B accommodation platform that focuses on product and services sharing economy.   The partnership with WTC is a key milestone that facilitates tremendous usage and practical application of...

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Saudi Arabia is fifth place globally in terms of the ranking of digital travelers

Saudi Arabia is fifth place globally in terms of the ranking of digital travelers

Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform, published the results of a Global Traveler Survey of 11,000 people worldwide that highlights the use of digital tools when planning, booking and experiencing a journey.   According to the report 81 percent of travelers use peer to peer reviews when researching a trip,...

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Alpha Destination Management partners with Expedia

Alpha Destination Management partners with Expedia

Alpha Destination Management, one of the leading destination management companies in the Arabian Gulf, signed an exclusive agreement with Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, to operate the Expedia Local Expert program in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.   Making the announcement, Samir Hamadeh, general manager for Alpha Destination Management,...

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Samih Sawiris invests in Dutch online booking platform

Samih Sawiris invests in Dutch online booking platform

The award-winning online booking platform Dutch startup, Bidroom.com, secured substantial investment from Egyptian businessman Samih Sawiris, founder of the Orascom Development Group, a conglomerate of companies operating in many different areas, like tourism and hospitality, but with a primary business focus on developing, constructing and managing whole tourist destinations.  ...

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