Food and Dining

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News / Online
RocketRez acquisition adds AI tech to guest experience
By Kathryn Walson | March 3, 2023
TourOpp Go! says its chatbot technology automates communication between tourist attractions and ticket buyers. Read More
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News / Startups
Kayak co-founder prepares to launch hotel reviews and booking in new app
By Mitra Sorrells | February 17, 2023
Paul English says his goal is to have restaurant, hotel and event reviews and bookings available in the Deets app for 15 cities across the United States by the end of 2023. Read More
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Fever adds $110M to coffers to boost content
By Linda Fox | February 3, 2023
The investment in New York and Madrid-based Fever was led by Goldman Sachs with a number of other investors also participating. Read More
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News / Technology
The evolution of in-room voice tech in hospitality
By Kathryn Walson | January 25, 2023
Voice assistants help short-staffed hotels by answering routine questions that the front desk would otherwise have to answer. They can also boost revenue by upselling spa services or future bookings,... Read More
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News / Startups
Grazzy lands $4.25M for hospitality payment and tipping platform
By Linda Fox | January 24, 2023
The investment from Next Coast Ventures and Tuesday Capital brings the company’s total seed round to $6.8 million. Read More
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News / Online
Uber on its future plans for travel products
By Mitra Sorrells | January 19, 2023
Uber’s head of growth and new products for travel and airports, Loren Kosloske, discusses the company’s future plans related to multi-modality, flights and hotels.   Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Out of Office gives travel tips from friends and influencers
By Linda Fox | January 13, 2023
The Out of Office platform aggregates destinations, hotels, restaurants and more based on the user's preferences and who they follow.   Read More
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News / Online
Forbes Travel Guide partners with Jerne for influencer marketing
By Kathryn Walson | December 5, 2022
The integrated partnership grants FTG’s 2,000 hotels, restaurants and spas access to Jerne’s technology that facilitates relationships with influencers and creators. Read More
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Interview / Startups
Hot 25 Travel Startups for 2023: Flycoin
By PhocusWire | November 15, 2022
Flycoin’s technology infrastructure provides companies in the consumer loyalty space with a turnkey solution to incentivize users in a more customer-centric way. Read More
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Uber adds Viator content, expands Uber Travel to 10K cities
By Mitra Sorrells | November 14, 2022
The Uber app now enables booking of a curated collection of Viator experiences in 14 cities around the United States, with the bookings fully managed by Viator.  Read More
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News / Startups
Hospitality staffing platform Qwick closes $40M funding round to “end understaffing”
By Kathryn Walson | November 7, 2022
Qwick says it connects service-industry professionals directly with food and beverage shifts in real-time. Read More
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News / Online
Travel apps have work to do in improving customer satisfaction
By Kathryn Walson | October 24, 2022
According to a recent study from Applause, 37% of customers say travel apps have not been helpful in managing recent travel challenges. Read More
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Phocuswright Conference 2022: A conversation with Tripadvisor’s new CEO
By PhocusWire | October 10, 2022
Matt Goldberg sits down for his first interview as Tripadvisor CEO during The Phocuswright Conference in November. Read More
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News / Online
Japan’s TakeMe lands $1.8M to expand restaurant-reservation service
By Kathryn Walson | September 22, 2022
TakeMe connects with OTAs such as Klook, KKday and Meituan to link foreign tourists with restaurants in Japan. Read More
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News / Startups
U.K. startup wi-Q lands £3 million to digitalize payments in hospitality
By Jill Menze | September 8, 2022
Founded in 2014, wi-Q aims to help hospitality and leisure companies improve the guest experience via its mobile ordering and payments solutions. Read More