Social Networking

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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Facebook executive interview Phocuswright Europe 2019
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
Ctrip Trip Moments content sharing
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
News | Distribution
Startup Stage Gaffl main
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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New model hotel op-ed Gulati
When it comes to guest personalization, price is only one piece of the puzzle
By Valerie Castillo - TrustYou  | January 23, 2019
A new hotel brand, Life House, is currently testing an algorithmic pricing system based on customer profiles, history, spending habits and even social media followers.  Read More
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Startup Stage Trip Loop
STARTUP STAGE: Trip Loop coordinates group travel, with and without internet
By Mitra Sorrells | January 2, 2019
Trip Loop consolidates information related to group travel, such as hotel reservations, transportation, events and a closed communication network, in one platform, which can be accessed even when... Read More
Interview | Startups
Hosco eyes Americas for hospitality networking platform as it closes €5.4M round
Hosco eyes Americas for hospitality networking platform as it closes €5.4M round
By Linda Fox | December 6, 2018
Hosco, an online hospitality network and recruitment specialist, has closed a €5.4 million funding round. Read More
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Travel fans are engaged on Instagram, but can brands keep up?
Travel fans on Instagram consume more content than other audiences but it remains a tough channel for brands to crack. Read More
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TripAdvisor's new focus on social has hurdles to overcome
TripAdvisor's new focus on social has hurdles to overcome
By Jamie Biesiada - Travel Weekly | October 1, 2018
TripAdvisor will introduce a social media-like component to its website positions - but it is the beginning of an uphill battle to win consumers away from Facebook and other platforms, analysts caution. Read More
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tripadvisor plots social network
TripAdvisor plots social network, goes all-in on personalization
By Jill Menze | September 18, 2018
TripAdvisor is betting big on social media with the launch of “the new TripAdvisor” - a revamp of the platform that allows users to connect with fellow travelers as well as brands, publishers and... Read More
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WeChat marketing for travel
Q&A: How brands are using WeChat to attract travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | June 27, 2018
Travel brands and destinations are vying for the attention of Chinese travelers – already a massive market with an estimated 130.5 million outbound trips made in 2017 and projections of 10% growth... Read More
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