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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.

Cool Cousin guide app blockchain
News / Startups
Local guide app Cool Cousin pivots to blockchain
By Mitra Sorrells | February 13, 2018
When Nadav Saadia and his co-founders launched “Cool Cousin” in 2016, they were aiming to create a new... Read More
Matchmaking attractions app weeds out big-box and "locally mainstream" tours
News / Startups
Matchmaking attractions app weeds out big-box and "locally mainstream" tours
By Jill Menze | February 13, 2018
With Kolu, the app’s co-founders are harnessing the power of three to put their spin on the local... Read More
Travel ledger blockchain billing
News / Startups
Travel tech entrepreneur launches blockchain system for non-airline services
By Mitra Sorrells | February 12, 2018
A new blockchain-based travel billing and settlement platform is in the works.   ... Read More
Busbud raises 11M for expansion
News / Startups
Bus travel platform Busbud races ahead with $11M investment
By Mitra Sorrells | January 31, 2018
Busbud, a Montreal-based booking platform for intercity bus tickets, is keen on expansion following... Read More
American Express buys Mezi chatbot
News / Startups
AmEx buys Mezi, embraces "do-it-for-me" model
By Mitra Sorrells | January 30, 2018
American Express has acquired artificial intelligence-powered assistant Mezi, which co-founder and CEO... Read More
Cabify ride app funding
News / Startups
Ride-sharing app Cabify secures $160M funding
By Mitra Sorrells | January 24, 2018
A new round of funding and new app features are positioning Madrid-based ride-hailing service Cabify... Read More
Travelport suspends startup accelerator program
News / Startups
Travelport suspends startup accelerator program
By Kevin May | January 24, 2018
Travelport is ending its Accelerator program for travel startups, just short of three years since its... Read More
lokckchain booking disruption
News / Distribution
Is this the start of blockchain-based disruption for travel?
By Mitra Sorrells | January 22, 2018
LockChain - what may be the first blockchain-based marketplace for booking hotels and private... Read More
Travel tech deals reach record $5.3BN annual level
News / Startups
Travel tech deals reach record $5.3BN annual level
By Kevin May | January 15, 2018
Five years of consecutive growth have been recorded for travel technology investment deals, with a... Read More
How Chinese investments are shaking up India's digital economy
Notated News / Startups
How Chinese investments are shaking up India's digital economy
By Madhav Chanchani - Economic Times | January 15, 2018
When online grocer Bigbasket went to market in early 2017 to raise capital just a year after securing... Read More
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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
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