TRAVEL ROUNDUP: JetBlue, Google, TripAdvisor, Grupo Presidente and More

A summary of the most exciting recent news in travel marketing and media in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

U.S./U.S.-HISPANIC MARKET

JetBlue Technology Ventures announced its investment in Mozio, the San Francisco based tech startup, specializing in providing holistic ground transportation solutions that streamline the traveler experience to and from the airport.

This is JetBlue Technology Ventures’ second investment. Since launch, JetBlue Technology Ventures has captured the attention of hundreds of interested startups, as well as the investment community, recently being named the 2016 Global Corporate Venturing New Entrant of the Year. JetBlue Technology Ventures also recently partnered with the like-minded Cockpit Innovation Hub based in Tel Aviv.

American Express Global Business Travel has come to an agreement with Airbnb to offer their accommodation options to their customers. This will give Airbnb the opportunity to connect with more business travelers. According to the company, 10% of all their guests are company travelers.

Virgin America and Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, announced the approval of their merger agreement to combine to create a premier airline for West Coast travelers. The two airlines anticipate completing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Skyscanner improved its mobile app to let users search and book flights, hotels, and car rental all in the same platform.

TripAdvisor introduced a redesigned flight search, including user reviews of airlines. It has also launched a “flyscore” feature within its search results. On a 1 to 10 scale, “flyscore” measures a flight based upon reviews of the airline, type of aircraft used, amenities offered on the flight and length of itinerary.

Google added a few tricks to its flights and hotels metasearch on both desktop and mobile. Users can now choose to track price changes for date and route combination on specific flights. The tool will appear within the next month in the 26 countries where Google Flights is offered.

In addition, Google is adding filters, based on more granular shopping needs, such as hotel rating or rate range, with one tap on mobile devices.

LATIN AMERICAN MARKET

Latam Airlines will stop its flights to and from Venezuela starting July 30th. The airline explained it would cease its activity in Venezuela given the “complex macroeconomical scenery in the region.”

Qatar Airlines acquired 10% of Latam for US$ 613 million worth in stocks.

Grupo Presidente, one of the leading hotel chains in Mexico, has selected eRevMax to manage its online distribution through dynamic channel management and price intelligence.

 


Ximena Cassab @xcassab

Ximena is a Swiss-Mexican journalist based in Mexico City where she specialized in business, and travel topics. Graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she has worked as an editor at the magazines Expansión , Aire and Accent, from Expansion Group. Currently she is working with different media in Spanish and English independently. She is a passionate traveler who does not miss the opportunity to see a new place in the world.

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