1. TripAdvisor overhauls its platform: In September of this year, TripAdvisor announced the launch of its all-new “travel feed”. Currently in beta, this new-look platform will include a social media-style feed with personalized recommendations from friends, brands, influencers, and publishers including National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Travel Channel. Keep your eyes open - the new TripAdvisor interface is expected to roll out before the end of this year. 2. Google’s travel ambition grows: Google’s ambition to become a leader in the travel industry showed no sign of slowing down in 2018. The search engine giant rolled out a number of new updates to grow its share of the hotel booking market. In addition to a redesign of the entire Google hotel search and booking experience, the company updated its Your Trips feature, and conducted a series of metsearch experiments. We’ll be keeping a close eye on new developments in 2019. Get the full story at Travel Tripper