Travel Planning


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TravelLocal brings broadcaster Channel 4 on board for Series A funding
By Linda Fox | August 23, 2019
TravelLocal is getting airtime from Channel 4 as it brings the U.K. broadcaster on for its Series A funding. Read More
News | Online
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In The Big Chair - Jan Gerlach of Peakwork
By Linda Fox | August 21, 2019
Peakwork was founded in 2009 and provides software to connect supply from airlines, bedbank and other travel companies with online and off distributors. Read More
Interview | Technology
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
What’s next for Google’s expansion into vacation rentals?
By James Burrows - Rentals United  | August 16, 2019
With Google entering the vacation rental market, what future developments could impact direct bookings, guest experience, customer ownership and the current ecosystem? Read More
Opinion | Distribution
Careful what you wish for: Attribute-based selling isn't all it's cracked up to be
Careful what you wish for: Attribute-based selling isn't all it's cracked up to be
By Tim Peter - Tim Peter, Associates, & Tim Peter - Tim Peter & Associates | August 15, 2019
It doesn't seem that guests really need attribute-based selling, and it's unrealistic to assume that the model will both improve prices for guests and drive more revenue. Read More
Opinion | Distribution
Research Spotlight: Are bots the future of brick and mortar?
Research Spotlight: Are bots the future of brick and mortar?
By Jill Menze | August 14, 2019
A new report from Phocuswright examines how several chatbot startups found a way to turn bot limitations into a feature rather than a bug. Read More
News | Technology
Amex GBT acquires Middle East Kanoo Travel
American Express GBT acquires stake in Middle East TMC
By Mitra Sorrells | August 13, 2019
American Express Global Business Travel has taken a 65% stake in Kanoo Travel, a TMC focused on the Middle East. Read More
News | Online
How travel marketers can capture the "momentary market"
How travel marketers can capture the "momentary market"
By Joel Davis - Mighty Social  | August 13, 2019
It wasn’t that long ago that all marketing eyes were on hyper-personalization, yet we have already shifted to an era where each individual customer has their own reality and every moment represents an... Read More
Opinion | Online
TripAdvisor focuses on good news in Experiences as overall revenue continues to fall
TripAdvisor focuses on good news in Experiences as overall revenue continues to fall
By Kevin May | August 8, 2019
Revenue increased from $376 million to $422 million over the course of the first and second quarters of 2019 but year-over-year the business is down 3% in the comparable three-month periods. Read More
News | Online
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In the Big Chair - Dan Ruch of Rocketrip
By Linda Fox | August 7, 2019
Before creating Rocketrip, Ruch was entrepreneur-in-residence at Genacast Ventures for 12 months. He also had a four-year stint at Tremor Video and was a director at AOL. Read More
Interview | Distribution
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Culture Trip finally unveils its online travel agency, promises to cover the full funnel
By Linda Fox | August 6, 2019
The company claims it has spent a lot of time understanding customer needs and is not just “replicating a bog standard OTA.” Read More
News | Distribution
STARTUP STAGE: GreatGuides wants adventure travel guides to control their own destiny
STARTUP STAGE: GreatGuides wants adventure travel guides to control their own destiny
By Jill Menze | August 6, 2019
GreatGuides is a marketplace to connect adventure travelers with adventure guides. Guides create and control their itineraries and pricing and keep up to 90% of trip fees. Read More
Interview | Online
Business travel part 1 investor perspective
Business Travel, part 1: The (major) investor opportunity
By Mitra Sorrells | August 5, 2019
For the first part in our monthlong series on business travel, we talk to investors in three of the sector's biggest startups - Lola.com, TravelPerk and TripActions. Read More
News | Startups
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Two-decade-old hotel website LateRooms faces financial collapse
By Linda Fox | August 2, 2019
The LateRooms brand, which is part of the Malvern Group and is currently facing financial difficulties, has somewhat of a checkered back story. Read More
News | Online
Hipcamp pegs $25M investment to expand camp and alternative accommodation platform
Hipcamp pegs $25M investment to expand camp and alternative accommodation platform
By Kevin May | July 25, 2019
Leading the Series B round is Andreessen Horowitz's Cultural Leadership Fund, with Yes VC also participating for the first time. Read More
News | Online
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STARTUP STAGE: Eddy Travels provides personalized trip planning in messaging apps
By Mitra Sorrells | July 23, 2019
Eddy Travels is an AI-powered travel assistant that functions inside messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, Viber and Line.   Read More
Interview | Startups