Travel Planning


STARTUP STAGE: Vacaryx ticks high-touch and blockchain boxes for rental platform
STARTUP STAGE: Vacaryx ticks high-touch and blockchain boxes for rental platform
By Mitra Sorrells | August 14, 2018
Vacaryx is a vacation rental platform that aims to add transparency to the booking process by facilitating communication between hosts and guests.    Read More
Interview | Startups
Dnata acquires German tour operator Tropo
Dnata acquires German tour operator Tropo
By Mitra Sorrells | August 13, 2018
Dnata, a Dubai-based provider of ground handling, cargo, travel and flight catering services for 300 airline customers in six continents, has acquired German tour operator Tropo. Read More
News | Distribution
Handiscover 700K funding
Handiscover raises $700,000 to expand accessible accommodations platform
By Mitra Sorrells | August 10, 2018
Handiscover, a startup to help people find and book accessible hotel rooms and rental properties, has raised $700,000 in new funding.   Read More
News | Startups
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QOTW: Something about doing business like - and with - locals
By PhocusWire | August 10, 2018
Quote from Max Starkov, president and CEO of HEBS Digital, in an article on PhocusWire this week. Read More
News | Distribution
Travelport business travel survey
Business travelers divided over whether to allow GPS tracking during work trips
By Mitra Sorrells | August 9, 2018
GPS-tracking is a tool companies can use to know the location of their employees traveling for business, for example to reach them in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.  Read More
News | Technology
Why offering local tours and activities is a huge revenue opportunity for hotels
Why offering local tours and activities is a huge revenue opportunity for hotels
By Max Starkov - HEBS Digital | August 9, 2018
Local tours and activities are a multibillion-dollar business, and hoteliers are uniquely positioned to offer experiences and work closely with fellow local business operators. Read More
Opinion | 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
Airbnb for Work bookings triple, drive "significant" growth for Homes business
Airbnb for Work bookings triple, drive "significant" growth for Homes business
By Jill Menze | August 6, 2018
Airbnb is reporting a sizable increase in bookings via its corporate travel platform - so much so that Airbnb for Work is now “one of the most significant growth drivers” for the company’s Homes sector. Read More
News | Online
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
Travel and the complex world of native comparison search
Travel and the complex world of native comparison search
By Brett Tabano - MediaAlpha | August 2, 2018
Companies that solely utilize display advertising for performance marketing need to complement this strategy with native comparison search ads. It differs in that it's specific to one particular product... Read More
Opinion | 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
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More than half of travel apps deleted after a month
By Linda Fox | August 1, 2018
Travel apps face a range of problems, such as user fatigue and infrequency of engagement, according to new research. Read More
News | Technology
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
Ideas and insight from startups at Battleground: The Americas
Ideas and insight from startups at Battleground: The Americas
By PhocusWire | July 30, 2018
Don't miss a day of fresh ideas and innovation from travel startups and speakers from high-profile companies at Battleground: The Americas. Register now. Read More
News | Startups