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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.

Sounding Off: Innovation in travel is only in the eye of the beholder
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Sounding Off: Innovation in travel is only in the eye of the beholder
By PhocusWire | March 8, 2019
It's time to stop worrying about who is apparently providing the "innovation" and concentrate on... Read More
Ground transportation part 1 investors
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Ground innovation, part 1: The investment path
By Mitra Sorrells | March 4, 2019
In part one in our ground transportation theme series, we talk to investors about startups in the... Read More
Startup Stage Gaffl main
Interview / Startups
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... Read More
China series part 3 startups
News / Startups
China, part 3: The state of the travel startup ecosystem
By Mitra Sorrells | February 19, 2019
William Bao Bean of SOSV, Lio Chen of Plug & Play and Margaret Feng of Ctrip's Oasis Lab talk to us... Read More
Startup Stage Refundit
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STARTUP STAGE: Refundit automates VAT refund for travelers, retailers and governments
By Mitra Sorrells | February 15, 2019
Refundit automates the VAT, or value-added tax, refund process for tourists visiting the European... Read More
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Virtuo revs up with €20M in funding for expansion of car-rental app across Europe
By Linda Fox | February 13, 2019
Mobile app-based car-rental startup Virtuo adds €20 million in funding. Balderton Capital and others... Read More
2nd Address 10 million funding
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2nd Address raises $10M for long-term rental platform for business travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | February 6, 2019
2nd Address, an Airbnb-style platform for business travelers, has raised $10 million to expand.... Read More
Festicket adds $4.6M to expand festival travel packages platform
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Festicket adds $4.6M to expand festival travel packages platform
By Linda Fox | February 5, 2019
Festicket adds a further $4.6 million in funding, hot on the heels of its recent $10.5 million Series... Read More
Startup Stage Finalrentals
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STARTUP STAGE: Finalrentals digitizes vehicle price comparison and booking in UAE
By Mitra Sorrells | February 5, 2019
Dubai-based Finalrentals is digitizing price comparison and booking for short- and long-term car... Read More
Bag-storage service LuggageHero bags $1.45M to expand in U.S. and Europe
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Bag-storage service LuggageHero bags $1.45M to expand in U.S. and Europe
By Jill Menze | February 4, 2019
LuggageHero - named one of PhocusWire’s Hot 25 Startups for 2019 - has raised $1.45 million to expand... 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