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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.

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
UK-based Snaptrip raises £2.1M, acquires Last Minute Cottages
News / Startups
UK-based Snaptrip raises £2.1M, acquires Last Minute Cottages
By Jill Menze | January 12, 2018
With a recent investment round tallying £2.1 million, Snaptrip has acquired Last Minute Cottages and... Read More
CityStasher expansion funding
News / Startups
"Airbnb for luggage" expands in Europe following $1.1M funding
By Mitra Sorrells | January 11, 2018
London-based startup CityStasher, which describes itself as the “Airbnb for luggage,” has raised $1.1... Read More
Timescenery and Baarb push AI-driven results to fix travel search
News / Startups
Timescenery and Baarb push AI-driven results to fix travel search
By Mitra Sorrells | January 10, 2018
Timescenery, a travel planning site that combines data from suppliers with crowdsourced experiences... Read More
Video: Three approaches to running a travel startup
News / Startups
Video: Three approaches to running a travel startup
By Kevin May | January 9, 2018
One has taken in around $450 million funding. Another hasn't brought in any outside capital... 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