Travel Inspiration


VIDEO: TripAdvisor on a new social strategy and tweaking its activity stance
VIDEO: TripAdvisor on a new social strategy and tweaking its activity stance
By Linda Fox | November 16, 2018
TripAdvisor has been busy during 2018, with a combination of significant acquisition and new attempt to tackle the social-led planning phase of travel. Read More
News | Online
Startup Stage Alpacr
STARTUP STAGE: Alpacr aims to create a social platform for avid travelers
By Mitra Sorrells | November 8, 2018
Founded in January 2017, Alpacr wants to serve as a digital diary for travelers, allowing them to consolidate insights and photos from their trips in one app and easily share them with others.   Read More
Interview | Startups
TripAdvisor Foursquare data partnership
Foursquare partners with TripAdvisor, wants to "make noise" in travel sector
By Mitra Sorrells | November 5, 2018
TripAdvisor is the latest travel brand to partner with Foursquare, the company that began as a social check-in app for consumers but in recent years has evolved to focus on providing location... Read More
News | Technology
Travelers less concerned with social media, destination politics when finding and planning travel
Travelers less concerned with social media, destination politics when finding and planning travel
By Jill Menze | October 29, 2018
Travelers are increasingly relying on technology to assist with their travel experiences, however, some of their travel preferences and choices may deviate from common thinking. Read More
News | Online
STARTUP STAGE: Mapify's social travel platform lets users discover and plan trips
STARTUP STAGE: Mapify's social travel platform lets users discover and plan trips
By Linda Fox | October 25, 2018
Founded about 18 months ago, Mapify is a mobile-first platform that aims to improve the trip planning experience. The startup has raised $1.3 million to date and counts Airbnb among its partners. Read More
Interview | Startups
mapify-seed-funding
Mapify plots expansion following $1.3M in funding
By Linda Fox | October 22, 2018
Social travel site Mapify gets $1.3 million in seed funding. Read More
News | Startups
vpass-volaris-netflix-airlines-2
Creating a Netflix-for-airlines loyalty model at $30/month
By Kevin May | October 5, 2018
The "X-for-hotels" or "Y-for-airlines" idea, when a modern consumer brand is used as a reference point, has become fairly common in the travel industry. Read More
News | Distribution
CrowdRiff 9 million series A
CrowdRiff raises $9M to grow its visual content marketing platform
By Mitra Sorrells | October 4, 2018
Toronto-based CrowdRiff, an artificial intelligence-powered visual content management and marketing platform for travel brands, has closed a $9 million Series A funding round.   Read More
News | Startups
easyjet app look book
EasyJet app finds destinations, flights from Instagram photos
By Mitra Sorrells | October 4, 2018
EasyJet has created a new visual search tool in its mobile app that allows users to find European destinations and flights from photos on Instagram. Read More
News | Technology
culture-trip-kris-naudts
In The Big Chair - Kris Naudts of Culture Trip
By Linda Fox | October 1, 2018
Kris Naudts has a background in academic psychiatry but left the field in 2011 to found Culture Trip, which began life as an online bookstore. Read More
Interview | Online
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