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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.


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Lufthansa Innovation Hub spins off mobility startup RYDES, Porsche acquires stake
By Linda Fox | February 11, 2021
Lufthansa Group and Porsche are now minority stakeholders in the startup, with Porsche’s... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Imagine Experiences wants to bring unique tours to locals and tourists
By Linda Fox | February 11, 2021
The company has put together a network of expert tour guides to help design fresh ideas to attract... Read More
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Certares leads $42M Series C for cabin-rental platform Getaway
By Mitra Sorrells | February 8, 2021
Getaway says it had 150% year-over-year growth in 2020 and plans to rapidly expand.... Read More
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Go2Joy raises $2.3M in Series A+ round
By Linda Fox | February 8, 2021
Vietnam-based hotel booking specialist Go2Joy plans to use its Series A+ funding for sales and... Read More
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Jet-lag app Timeshifter raises $2M as it launches new product for shift workers
By Mitra Sorrells | February 5, 2021
The company has partnerships with travel brands including Tripadvisor, Travelperk, SAP Concur, CWT and... Read More
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Sounding Off: Why startups should be careful with their roadmaps
Sounding Off: Why startups should be careful with their roadmaps
By PhocusWire | February 5, 2021
Thankfully, the sector has (mostly) moved on from the days of the "travel is totally broken - we're... Read More
Interview | Startups
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STARTUP STAGE: Youtip provides digital tipping for hotels, tour operators and more
By Mitra Sorrells | January 29, 2021
Users scan QR codes or tap links in email or text messages to access the payment system.... Read More
Interview | Startups
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Bbot adds $4M to seed round for hospitality ordering tech
By Linda Fox | January 27, 2021
Bbot will put the funds towards product development including the release of an API.... Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: MakeYourTripBetter is a collaborative platform connecting travelers with locals
STARTUP STAGE: MakeYourTripBetter is a collaborative platform connecting travelers with locals
By Jill Menze | January 27, 2021
MakeYourTripBetter is a free, collaborative platform connecting travelers with locals to get tips and... Read More
Interview | Startups
Co-living startup Gravity raises $1.4M to expand internationally
Co-living startup Gravity raises $1.4M to expand internationally
By Jill Menze | January 22, 2021
The London-based company says it has experienced a period of high growth despite the pandemic.... 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
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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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