Travel Planning

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
google hotels whats next
What's next for Google's foray into hotels?
By Christina Jelski - Travel Weekly | October 11, 2018
Google's recent efforts to expand further into the online travel space could result in a pivotal change for the hospitality industry. Read More
News | Online
Expedia Google Assistant book action
Expedia creates Google Assistant browse and book capability
By Mitra Sorrells | October 9, 2018
Expedia is expanding its voice technology integrations with a new “Expedia Action” on Google Assistant.   Read More
News | Distribution
geosure travel security app
GeoSure uses real-time data to help women, LGBTQ travel safer
By Jill Menze | October 9, 2018
As safety concerns amount among the global population at large, one app is aiming to make safety risk more transparent for travelers - particularly for women and the LGBTQ community. Read More
News | Online
TripAdvisor Experiences TV campaign
TripAdvisor signals importance of tours and activities with TV ad launch
By Mitra Sorrells | October 9, 2018
TripAdvisor is trying a new strategy to encourage travelers to book tours and activities on its platform.   Read More
News | Online
The metasearch model, part 1: All things Google
The metasearch model, part 1: All things Google
By Mitra Sorrells | October 8, 2018
This month we are digging into the topic of metasearch. We begin with perspective from a company that is both one of the newest entrants and also one of the most dominant figures in the travel search... Read More
News | Online
Hopper nabs $100M, wants to be "number-one mobile travel marketplace in the world"
Hopper nabs $100M, wants to be "number-one mobile travel marketplace in the world"
By Mitra Sorrells | October 3, 2018
Hopper is initiating a massive growth strategy fueled by a $100 million Series D financing round announced today.   Read More
News | Technology
Travellers know what they want: all we have to do is listen to them
Travellers know what they want: all we have to do is listen to them
By Jon Collins - Travel Forward | October 1, 2018
When we talk about travelling customers as entities rather than people, we lose touch with one fundamental element. Read More
From Our Partners | Online
Startup Stage Pitched
Startup Stage: Pitched wants to be the Airbnb of camping
By Mitra Sorrells | October 1, 2018
Ontario-based Pitched is modeled after Airbnb – allowing Canadian property owners to rent their land to travelers looking for unique, affordable places to set up their tents.   Read More
Interview | Startups
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
Google new travel tools October 2018
Google adds new features to travel planning tools
By Mitra Sorrells | September 27, 2018
Google is adding tools to its travel portfolio to simplify and expedite the trip planning process.  Read More
News | Online
Travelport tours and activities blockchain
Travelport and IBM test blockchain to improve distribution and settlement for tours and activities
By Mitra Sorrells | September 26, 2018
Another travel brand is looking to gain a foothold in the booming in-destination experiences sector.   Read More
News | Distribution
Leisure Pass Group brings multi-attraction technology to North America
Leisure Pass Group brings multi-attraction technology to North America
By Jill Menze | September 25, 2018
Attraction pass provider Leisure Pass Group is opening up its custom management platform, known as Leisure Pass Operating System (LPOS), to its North American partners. Read More
News | Technology
CEO interview Make My Trip Deep Kalra
In The Big Chair - Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip
By Mitra Sorrells | September 25, 2018
Deep Kalra founded MakeMyTrip in 2000 in the United States to help the country’s Indian community manage its travel to and from India. It started operations within India in 2005 and now offers flights,... Read More
Interview | Distribution
Flight Centre acquires Umapped
Flight Centre Travel Group acquires itinerary planning platform Umapped
By Mitra Sorrells | September 24, 2018
Umapped, a specialist in itinerary management, has been acquired by Australia-based Flight Centre Travel Group. Read More
News | Technology