Travel Planning


Airbnb boosts hotel visibility with homepage refresh, new filter
Airbnb boosts hotel visibility with homepage refresh, new filter
By Jill Menze | December 14, 2018
Airbnb is pushing its hotels business by featuring a “Boutique Hotels” category on its homepage and by including hotels in its space type filter. Read More
News | Online
VIDEO: Hopper on growth, the impact of NDC and the value of being app-only
VIDEO: Hopper on growth, the impact of NDC and the value of being app-only
By Mitra Sorrells | December 14, 2018
2018 was a big year for Hopper. The app-only price prediction and booking platform picked up $100 million in Series D funding in October and rolled out its hotel service to more than 40 markets. Read More
News | Technology
Rough Guides, online travel content and the Culture Trip Effect
Rough Guides, online travel content and the Culture Trip Effect
By Linda Fox | December 11, 2018
Travel guide book publisher Rough Guides has announced a move into "travel booking". Read More
News | Online
Vivere - Summit pitch winner at Phocuswright 2018
Vivere - Summit pitch winner at Phocuswright 2018
By Kevin May | December 10, 2018
Vivere.travel transforms your vacation vision into reality. A personalized, interest-based, visual travel guide. Read More
Interview | Startups
Tourlane 24 million series b
Tourlane raises $24M for agent-led trip tool, plans to nearly double staff
By Mitra Sorrells | December 7, 2018
Berlin-based Tourlane, which offers online booking of custom itineraries planned by travel specialists, has raised $24 million in Series B funding.   Read More
News | Startups
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Technically Speaking - Ari Balogh of Airbnb
By Jill Menze | December 6, 2018
Ari Balogh comes to Airbnb from Google and is charged with leading infrastructure, information IT and security and engineering for payments, trust and community support as CTO. Read More
Interview | Online
VIDEO: Facebook on messaging and mobile for travel brands
VIDEO: Facebook on messaging and mobile for travel brands
By Kevin May | December 6, 2018
The rise of mobile at the turn of the decade has now settled into a pattern that most travel brands have finally recognized. Read More
From Our Partners | Online
Amid hotel distribution wars, Google will be the last site standing
Amid hotel distribution wars, Google will be the last site standing
By Marco Benvenuti - Duetto | December 4, 2018
In an ideal situation for hotels, travelers looking for overnight accommodations would just come directly to them - by walking into the lobby, calling a 1‐800 number or visiting the hotel’s... Read More
Opinion | Distribution
PODCAST: PhocusWire PundIT Show #16
PODCAST: PhocusWire PundIT Show #16
By Kevin May | November 30, 2018
The second our podcasts recorded during The Phocuswright Conference in Los Angeles is now available. Read More
News | Online
STARTUP STAGE: Pebblar helps travelers create itineraries with DIY collaborative tool
STARTUP STAGE: Pebblar helps travelers create itineraries with DIY collaborative tool
By Jill Menze | November 29, 2018
Pebblar offers travelers a visual workspace to map and create itineraries. Think the functions of Microsoft Word and Excel, plus Google Maps, all in one collaborative, cloud-based software. Read More
Interview | Startups
Kiwi.com claims multimodal first by interlining air and ground services
Kiwi.com claims multimodal first by interlining air and ground services
By Kevin May | November 28, 2018
Multi-modal search and booking has come into play at Kiwi.com, as part of a major expansion of the core product into new areas. Read More
News | Online
Dnata majority stake Bd4travel
Dnata acquires majority stake in AI personalization platform Bd4travel
By Mitra Sorrells | November 27, 2018
Dnata, an air services provider that is part of the Emirates Group, has acquired a majority stake in Bd4travel for an undisclosed amount.   Read More
News | Technology
Gen Z reignites traveler affinity for mobile apps
Gen Z reignites traveler affinity for mobile apps
By Linda Fox | November 27, 2018
Generation Z travelers are looking for mobile apps and services to help them budget and plan trips as well as to organize and share their experiences on return. Read More
News | Technology
VIDEO: Google talks new ideas, not being creepy and the death of SEO
VIDEO: Google talks new ideas, not being creepy and the death of SEO
By Linda Fox | November 20, 2018
Tensions between Google and online travel companies are ongoing although some are faring between better when it comes to their partnerships. Read More
News | Distribution
STARTUP STAGE: Domio is targeting group travel with tech-forward apartment-hotels
STARTUP STAGE: Domio is targeting group travel with tech-forward apartment-hotels
By Jill Menze | November 19, 2018
Domio targets group travelers with spacious, tech-forward homes in urban markets. In addition to its Domio-operated and designed properties, the company is planning to launch 25 apartment-hotels in the... Read More
Interview | Startups