Interviews
Startup Stage Tryps Tech
STARTUP STAGE: Tryps.Tech is digitizing tour and activity distribution for the Middle East
By Mitra Sorrells | July 12, 2019
Tryps.Tech is an online distributor of more than 14,000 tours, activities, attraction tickets, airport lounge access, events and transfers in 130 countries, focused on serving Middle East travelers. Its system offers real-time availability and instant booking.  ... Read More
Interview | Startups
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In The Big Chair - Damian Scokin of Despegar
By Linda Fox | July 11, 2019
Despegar was created in 1999 as one of Latin America's first online travel agencies. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the company raised just $31 million before going public in 2017.... Read More
Interview | Online
startup stage spoton
STARTUP STAGE: SpotOn wants to make ride-hailing easy for pet owners
By Jill Menze | July 9, 2019
SpotOn is a pet-friendly ride-hailing service that matches animal owners with drivers to take the guesswork out of traveling with a pet.... Read More
Interview | Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Setoo wants to create love for travel insurance
STARTUP STAGE: Setoo wants to create love for travel insurance
By Linda Fox | July 5, 2019
The company's vision is to offer a B2B insurance service to online intermediaries so they build relevant products for consumers and earn valuable ancillary revenue.... Read More
Interview | Startups
In The Big Chair LIVE - Gloria Guevara of WTTC
In The Big Chair LIVE - Gloria Guevara of WTTC
By Mitra Sorrells | July 5, 2019
The former-Sabre executive and minister of tourism in Mexico has been president and CEO of the WTTC since 2017.... Read More
Interview | Online
In The Big Chair - Ritesh Agarwal of OYO Rooms
In The Big Chair - Ritesh Agarwal of OYO Rooms
By Linda Fox | July 2, 2019
What began as a budget hotel platform by the 21-year old has grown to encompass holiday homes and corporate accommodation. OYO has made no secret of its ambition to become the largest hotel chain in the world.... Read More
Interview | Online
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Q&A: Payment complexities in the growing tours and activities sector
By Mitra Sorrells | June 28, 2019
Flywire's Colyn Smyth discusses some of the challenges related to payments in the tours and activities space.... Read More
News | Online
Q&A: How an emerging market online travel agency facilitates payments - offline
Q&A: How an emerging market online travel agency facilitates payments - offline
By Jill Menze | June 26, 2019
One of Flymya's biggest hurdles is payments: Only 2% of the population has a credit or debit card, plus money can’t be transferred electronically between banks - meaning the company must employ a dedicated team to physically take money to and from the bank, CEO Jeff Pan explains.... Read More
Interview | Online
In The Big Chair LIVE - Mat Orrego of Cornerstone
In The Big Chair LIVE - Mat Orrego of Cornerstone
By Kevin May | June 18, 2019
Alongside running CIS since 1992, Orrego is an active supporter of the travel startup world through his work with RunUp Labs and as a regular and vocal judge at pitch competitions.... Read More
Interview | Technology
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Q&A: Worldpay's Thomas Helldorff on challenges, trends and predictions for travel payments
By Mitra Sorrells | June 13, 2019
Worldpay's vice president of vertical strategy for travel and airlines shares his thoughts on the role of mobile and alternative payments, how payment systems can drive conversions and much more.... Read More
News | Technology
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In The Big Chair LIVE - Stephan Ekbergh of Travelstart
By Kevin May | June 12, 2019
The group's CEO is a DJ-turned-entrepreneur having founded brands such as MrJet in Sweden and, more recently alongside overseeing Travelstart, investing in other startups.... Read More
Interview | Online
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STARTUP STAGE: Welcome uses AI to make trip planning more spontaneous and personalized
By Jill Menze | June 12, 2019
Welcome uses artificial intelligence to help travelers plan in real time based on their preferences, tips from friends and location data.... Read More
Interview | Technology
In The Big Chair - Jason Morehouse of Checkfront
In The Big Chair - Jason Morehouse of Checkfront
By Kevin May | June 7, 2019
Since launching in June, 2010, Checkfront has grown from a humble operation in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to a business that processes over $1 billion in bookings annually, made by tour and activity operators in 112 countries around the world. ... Read More
Interview | Technology
VIDEO: Efectio Sleep - Battleground pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
VIDEO: Efectio Sleep - Battleground pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
By PhocusWire | June 7, 2019
Helping hotel guests improve sleep quality and bring loyalty program gamification to a new level. No more jet lag, only fun.... Read More
Interview | Startups
VIDEO: Radware/ShieldSquare - Launch pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
VIDEO: Radware/ShieldSquare - Launch pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2019
By PhocusWire | June 6, 2019
Protect the reputation and growth of your online business from malicious actors and threats through a simple cloud service.... Read More
Interview | Technology