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PhocusWire's in-depth coverage of the startups in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, featuring news, analysis, interviews, research and more.


This travel startup is pledging antiracism, diversity and inclusion – and wants founders to do the same
This travel startup is pledging antiracism, diversity and inclusion – and wants founders to do the same
By Jill Menze | August 19, 2020
London-based travel tech startup Pluto has outlined an extensive 10-point plan to become an... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Koala offers timeshare owners a marketplace to rent their properties
By Linda Fox | August 18, 2020
Brooklyn-based Koala is looking to disrupt the timeshare industry by creating a vacation rental... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: TourOpp offers both distribution and communication services for tour and activity operators
By Mitra Sorrells | August 12, 2020
The company has two offerings - an online travel agency selling tours and activities and an automated... Read More
Interview | Startups
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Hotel booking platform Splitty acquires assets of Cancelon
By Mitra Sorrells | August 11, 2020
Splitty says the deal will create a "distinctive OTA" with low expenses and high value for consumers.... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: GettinLocal offers mobile marketing for businesses targeting tourists
STARTUP STAGE: GettinLocal offers mobile marketing for businesses targeting tourists
By Mitra Sorrells | August 3, 2020
GettinLocal is an app to help consumers discover places to stay and eat and things to do in a specific... Read More
Interview | Startups
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Spotta nets $1.2M to bring its hotel pest control tech to new markets
By Linda Fox | July 30, 2020
Spotta has raised a seed round to put towards expansion and the launch of new services.... Read More
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New innovation hub created to spur growth in travel and tourism startups in Dubai
By Mitra Sorrells | July 23, 2020
The innovation hub is a joint effort of Emirates Group, Dubai Tourism, Accenture and Microsoft.... Read More
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Beekeeper adds $10M to its Series B to fuel growth and product development
By Linda Fox | July 15, 2020
The extra investment brings the total for the round to $60 million, following the original injection... Read More
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TAKE A SURVEY: Impact of COVID-19 on travel startups
TAKE A SURVEY: Impact of COVID-19 on travel startups
By PhocusWire | July 14, 2020
Phocuswright is conducting a survey of travel startups to understand the impact of the COVID-19 on... Read More
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Koala adds €1.6M in seed funding to boost expansion and develop new products
By Linda Fox | July 10, 2020
Travel insurance specialist Koala is bringing its first airlines and travel agencies on board... Read More
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REPORT: The reality of modern airline retail - when the sky isn't the limit
March 26, 2019
REPORT: The reality of modern airline retail - when the sky isn't the limit
In this white paper, carried out in partnership with PROS, we look at the various stages of airlines... Read More
Ditching direct: It may be time to reconsider your GDS and OTA connections
March 4, 2019
Ditching direct: It may be time to reconsider your GDS and OTA connections
The cost and effort of maintaining a direct connect to the GDS may have been more than hotels had... Read More
Understanding how events affect demand and pricing for the car rental business
March 1, 2019
Understanding how events affect demand and pricing for the car rental business
A detailed study by RateGain’s data science lab probes into event scenarios to get insights that will... Read More
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