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Refundit pockets $9.8M for its digital VAT refund service
Refundit pockets $9.8M for its digital VAT refund service
By Linda Fox | November 15, 2019
Amadeus Ventures led the round, with participation also coming from Portugal Ventures and a number of seed investors.... Read More
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Hopper acquires GDX Travel, advancing NDC capacity and geographic growth
By Mitra Sorrells | November 14, 2019
The deal gives Hopper direct access to more than 25 regional and low-cost carriers in Latin America via IATA’s NDC.... Read More
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Skyscanner pivots from original model, becomes marketplace with bookings
By Kevin May | November 14, 2019
The U.K.-based company is at pains to point out that it is not "becoming an online travel agency" - instead it is offering a three-pronged approach to connecting users with air tickets.... Read More
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Removing friction from travel is Expedia's "Everest" goal
By Jill Menze | November 14, 2019
Expedia Group is seeking to connect customers partners more intelligently as part of a bid to make it locally relevant.... Read More
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In the green room at Phocuswright with... Kenneth Purcell
By PhocusWire | November 14, 2019
In a series of interviews with executives participating at the event in Florida in November, PhocusWire finds out what makes them tick... Up next: Kenneth Purcell of iSeatz.... Read More
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Trip.com Group Q3 2019 Earnings
Trip.com Group operations income up 52% as company begins new chapter
By Steven Lerner | November 14, 2019
Net revenue grew 12% year-over-year to $1.47 billion for newly named online travel agency group.... Read More
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How I Got Here, episode 13 - Oliver Dlouhy of Kiwi.com
How I Got Here, episode 13 - Oliver Dlouhy of Kiwi.com
By Kevin May | November 14, 2019
Czech Republic-based Kiwi.com is both a consumer-facing and technology business. Its CEO Oliver Dlouhy joins your hosts, David Litwak of Mozio and PhocusWire's Kevin May.... Read More
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HotelBeds to axe 5% of workforce as part of "optimization" strategy
By Linda Fox | November 13, 2019
The Spain-based bedbank says it has now consolidated into one business following its acquisitions, in early 2017, of Tourico Holidays and GTA.... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: CruiseDirector creates new online platform for booking no-fee luxury cruises
By Mitra Sorrells | November 13, 2019
CruiseDirector is an online platform for travelers to book luxury ocean, river, yacht and expedition cruises with no booking fees and a best price guarantee. ... Read More
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Brand Business - Lish Kennedy of Vrbo
By Jill Menze | November 13, 2019
Lish Kennedy joined Vrbo as vice president of global brand marketing in August after three years at Etsy in a similar position. ... Read More
Interview | Online
Airports look to emerging technology (even blockchain) to drive much-needed efficiency
Airports look to emerging technology (even blockchain) to drive much-needed efficiency
By Linda Fox | November 12, 2019
Airlines and airports are using emerging tech such as LIDAR and blockchain to improve efficiency and prepare for growth.... Read More
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In the green room at Phocuswright with... Chris Hemmeter
By PhocusWire | November 12, 2019
In a series of interviews with executives participating at the event in Florida in November, PhocusWire finds out what makes them tick... Welcome, Chris Hemmeter of Thayer.... Read More
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Uplift adds Carnival Cruise Line to growing list of payment option partners
By Mitra Sorrells | November 12, 2019
Carnival Cruise Line is the newest travel brand to offer financing through Uplift.... Read More
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Voi Technology E-Scooters $85m Funding
Voi Technology raises $85M to expand e-scooter services in Europe
By Steven Lerner | November 12, 2019
This latest funding, a Series B round, brings the company’s current funding total to $137.9 million.  ... Read More
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Accor gets access to Alibaba customers via distribution and loyalty deal
By Linda Fox | November 11, 2019
The agreement aims to develop “digital applications and loyalty programs” by integrating Accor’s products and services within the Alibaba ecosystem.... Read More
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