Travel Inspiration


tripadvisor plots social network
TripAdvisor plots social network, goes all-in on personalization
By Jill Menze | September 18, 2018
TripAdvisor is betting big on social media with the launch of “the new TripAdvisor” - a revamp of the platform that allows users to connect with fellow travelers as well as brands, publishers and... Read More
News | Online
HYP3R happy as it raises $17M to expand geofencing tech
HYP3R happy as it raises $17M to expand geofencing tech
By Kevin May | September 17, 2018
A string of investors have handed HYP3R a $17 million war chest by way of a Series A investment in the company. Read More
News | Technology
Google launches Touring Bird with 25,000 experiences in 20 cities
Google launches Touring Bird with 25,000 experiences in 20 cities
By Jill Menze | September 7, 2018
In April, PhocusWire uncovered details of Touring Bird, the hush-hush tours and activities app Google was developing inside its Area 120 incubator. Now Touring Bird has officially launched 25,000... Read More
News | Online
The impact of influencer marketing on the booking journey
The impact of influencer marketing on the booking journey
By Angharad Miller - Swayy | August 30, 2018
Let’s set the scene. Up until the digital revolution, traditional marketing and word-of-mouth were the only real ways to grow consumer awareness at a notable scale. Read More
Opinion | Online
Travello gets $5M round to push Bluetee marketing tech and expand
Travello gets $5M round to push Bluetee marketing tech and expand
By Kevin May | August 28, 2018
It's been a long time since a travel social network has caught some attention - but Travello has done so with a $5 million fund-raise. Read More
News | Startups
The secret to direct bookings? Consider hotel website conversion rates
The secret to direct bookings? Consider hotel website conversion rates
By Max Starkov | August 17, 2018
A key imperative for hoteliers in 2018 is preventing travel planners from becoming distracted by digital noise and serving them content at the correct time in order to convert them into bookings. Read More
Opinion | Online
Wegogo blockchain travel platform
Wegogo aims for fair-share travel platform, alternative to web agency dominance
By Mitra Sorrells | August 14, 2018
In the midst of growth plans, Wegogo is forging ahead with the introduction of blockchain-based tech and the creation of its cryptocurrency known as WeGold. Read More
News | Distribution
Startup Stage MüvTravel
STARTUP STAGE: MüvTravel uses AI to customize itineraries for independent travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | August 7, 2018
MüvTravel is an AI-powered platform to help independent travelers customize their entire trip, including transportation, accommodations and activities.     Read More
Interview | Startups
Can FOMO help capture hotel bookings?
Can FOMO help capture hotel bookings?
By Mike Ford - SiteMinder | August 2, 2018
Around 69% of millennials experience FOMO, and 60% make reactive purchases because of it. In other words, they’ll buy just because they feel they might miss out - even at hotels. Read More
Opinion | Online
Under-30 traveler survey
What under-30 travelers want when researching, booking and experiencing trips
By Mitra Sorrells | August 2, 2018
Younger travelers – those under 30 years old – represented 23% of all international arrivals in 2017, creating a market valued at more than $280 billion.  Read More
News | Online
TripAdvisor Q2 earnings 2018
TripAdvisor’s non-hotel revenue slows but remains bright spot in Q2 earnings
By Mitra Sorrells | August 1, 2018
TripAdvisor reports non-hotel segment revenue grew 22% year-over-year – from $98 million to $120 million - a sizable increase but a deceleration from the first quarter when it posted gains of 36% over... Read More
News | Online
Sojern Q2 global travel insights
Desktop still dominates over mobile for travel search
By Mitra Sorrells | August 1, 2018
Although mobile penetration and usage continues to grow, travelers in most parts of the world are still doing their searching and price comparison on desktop.   Read More
News | Online
Customer experience part 4 hospitality
Reimagining customer experience, part 4: Hospitality happenings
By Mitra Sorrells | July 30, 2018
Deloitte recently surveyed more than 6,600 hotels guests who have collectively stayed at 25 brands across different hotel tiers to find out what makes a great hotel experience.   Read More
News | Technology
WayBlazer shutting down
WayBlazer closes shop, cites lack of funds and time
By Mitra Sorrells | July 26, 2018
WayBlazer, which offered artificial intelligence-powered search, discovery and shopping for travel websites and apps, is shutting down. Read More
News | Online
Google on why consumers like to know more before they travel
Google on why consumers like to know more before they travel
By Linda Fox | July 23, 2018
Google delves into mobile search trends to discover traveler motives to know more before they go. Read More
News | Online