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TripAdvisor ponders the platform’s future direction, monetization and competing with Google
By Mitra Sorrells | October 16, 2019
TripAdvisor's president of core experience took the stage at WebInTravel's conference in Singapore to discuss the brand's ideas for the years ahead. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Flugy crowdsources private flights to exotic destinations
By Mitra Sorrells | October 9, 2019
Flugy charters private planes to destinations voted on by its members (who each pay a $25 membership fee). Those that want to take the trip pay their share of the charter plus an 18% commission. ... Read More
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What billions of GDS data signals tell us about traveler booking behavior
What billions of GDS data signals tell us about traveler booking behavior
By Robert Brown - Travelport  | October 7, 2019
The report investigates the six dominant traveler personas that make up global travel bookings – solo travelers, families, business travelers, couples, weekenders, and groups. Read More
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Southeast Asia, part 1: How low-cost options, mobile reliance are driving travel transformation
By Mitra Sorrells | October 7, 2019
We begin our monthlong exploration of travel in Southeast Asia with an overview of the market. Read More
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Destination marketing, part 3: On the road to smart, "real-time" tourism
By Mitra Sorrells | September 23, 2019
For the third piece in this month's series, we look at how technology is enabling DMOs to serve visitors when they are in-destination. Read More
News | Technology
Beekeeper grabs $45M to add buzz to hotel staff communications
Beekeeper grabs $45M to add buzz to hotel staff communications
By Kevin May | September 16, 2019
The Switzerland-based company works with a string of hotels around the world, as well as providing tools for companies in the manufacturing and retail industries. Read More
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Destination marketing, part 2: Opportunities in search and social
Destination marketing, part 2: Opportunities in search and social
By Mitra Sorrells | September 16, 2019
Destinations are embracing platforms such as Google, WeChat, Facebook and Instagram to educate and inspire travelers. Read More
News | Technology
Life House 100M real estate equity investment
Life House hotel chain and tech provider secures $100M investment
By Mitra Sorrells | July 12, 2019
Boston-based Blue Flag, an investment, real estate development and branding firm that has a collection of hotels in its portfolio, is behind the deal. Read More
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VIDEO: Facebook on inspiring travelers and connecting them to relevant brands
By Mitra Sorrells | May 31, 2019
Facebook’s head of global travel strategy Nikhilesh Ponde shared some of the company's plans for future growth in travel during an interview at Phocuswright Europe. Read More
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Startup Stage Guide121
STARTUP STAGE: Guide121 wants to bring a "playlist" mentality to travel
By Mitra Sorrells | May 30, 2019
Guide121 provides users what it calls a “playlist,” which is a suggested sequence of destinations, attractions and events displayed on a digital map. The system cross-references information from the... Read More
Interview | Startups
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Ctrip’s Instagram-like platform attracts more than 1M daily users
By Mitra Sorrells | May 29, 2019
Ctrip's new "Trip Moments" content sharing platform is attracting more than one million users every day, and 70% of them are under 30 years old. Read More
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new Muslim OTA Rihaala launches
New OTA targets Muslim travelers looking for halal-friendly destinations
By Mitra Sorrells | April 30, 2019
Rihaala is a new online travel agency focused on halal-friendly destinations and accommodations and user-generated content. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: GAFFL connects solo travelers to plan trips, split costs
By Mitra Sorrells | March 1, 2019
GAFFL, or, Get a Friend for Life, is intended to help solo travelers find others planning similar itineraries to travel together and share costs.   Read More
Interview | Startups
China series part 1 overview
China, part 1: The big (and getting bigger) picture
By Mitra Sorrells | February 4, 2019
Travel brands and suppliers need to be aware that the Chinese travel market is not only growing - it is also changing. Read More
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QOTW: Something about an ethical dilemma
QOTW: Something about an ethical dilemma
By PhocusWire | January 25, 2019
Quote from Valerie Castillo, vice president of marketing for TrustYou, in an article on PhocusWire this week. Read More
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