BlaBlaCar raises $115M to expand carpool and bus services

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blablacar says it has witnessed double digit growth in its markets outside of europe and is expecting a strong travel rebound in europe this summer

Dott raises $85M to expand scooter service to e-bikes

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the series b investment is led by belgian finance house sofina and estari a growth equity partner that invests in european technology companies

Singapore-based GlobalTix raises S$3M to develop new digital solutions for attractions industry

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since the start of the covid 19 pandemic globaltix says the company has expanded from being a channel manager to also providing technology solutions across asia pacific for its attractions tours...

Cruise autonomous vehicle brand tops up earlier round with new $750M investment

phocuswire 2021-4-20

in january this year 160 microsoft led a 2 billion funding round as part of a long term strategic relationship to accelerate the commercialization of self driving vehicles partners with Amadeus to power recovery initiatives

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the amadeus custom search solution which is powered by amadeus cloud technology will enable trip com s platforms to manage increasing online activity plus scale to meet demand

Entrust privacy software company acquires travel specialist WorldReach

phocuswire 2021-4-20

worldreach founder and ceo gordon wilson will continue to lead the company as an entrust business

Expedia unveils rebrand in major push to capture travel demand

phocuswire 2021-4-19

expedia is debuting a new look and product offerings on its quest to become consumers ultimate travel companion

Virdee adds $2M to seed round for virtual concierge service

phocuswire 2021-4-19

u s based virdee believes contactless solutions for check in and payment at hotels are here to stay

HalalBooking secures $5M to expand business, plots IPO exit

phocuswire 2021-4-19

the 5 million funding round is being positioned as a pre series b investment with a further 15 million to follow during the second quarter of 2021

What are travelers on Google searching for?

phocuswire 2021-4-19

according to tripstodiscover searches are up dramatically for travel products since january 1 2021 Group joins Common Trust Network to develop COVID compliance technology

phocuswire 2021-4-19

the common trust network is an effort of public and private partners from travel health and technology to develop solutions that help restart travel

Sounding Off: Remote working on a cruise will require more than curiosity

phocuswire 2021-4-16

it will take more than just a steady set of sea legs and desire to hang out with thousands of cruise passengers for a remote working on a cruise initiative to get much traction 160

Future-Proofing Travel: Emily Weiss of Accenture

phocuswire 2021-4-16

our guest for this episode of 160 future proofing travel is emily weiss managing director and global travel industry lead at accenture

Marriott partners with Uber to expand Bonvoy loyalty program

phocuswire 2021-4-15

marriott bonvoy members can earn points by ordering food delivery via uber eats or requesting select uber rides

Cleartrip sold to Indian consumer products marketplace Flipkart

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the flipkart online marketplace which has a customer base of over 300 million members sells goods in more than 80 consumer categories

How tourism organizations can refresh their post-pandemic data strategy

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many destination marketers have been operating in a state of waiting waiting for the pandemic to subside for travel to begin in earnest and for social distancing limitations to be relaxed

Grab files for IPO through SPAC merger with Altimeter

phocuswire 2021-4-13

grab is expected to be valued at almost 40 billion as a result the ipo announced today and slated to run under the ticker grab in the coming months

Vrbo puts new emphasis on helping its best hosts

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to qualify as a premier host owners must have a 90 or higher acceptance rate of guests have cancelled on guests on less than 5 of occasions and have higher than a 4 3 rating from guests

Overwhelming majority of Americans will travel this year

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travel technology association s poll found that 80 of respondents are likely to travel in 2021 160

Five ways airlines can boost traveler confidence as travel resumes

phocuswire 2021-4-12

navigating our businesses in this environment continues to be a balancing act with these five tactics you ll be prepared to thrive in the year ahead

STARTUP STAGE: Golightly is a members-only home-sharing club for women

phocuswire 2021-4-12

golightly is a private travel club for women providing a safer space to list and book vacation rentals and home shares within a vetted community

Tier acquires Makery to establish central Europe hub for e-scooters

phocuswire 2021-4-9

tier plans to launch is e scooters in budapest following its acquisition of software development specialist makery Group hopes to raise $1.4B from second public listing in Hong Kong

phocuswire 2021-4-8

the second ipo will be the first online travel company to proceed with a dual listing in both the u s and hong kong

Guesty acquires MyVR as consolidation continues in short-term rentals

phocuswire 2021-4-8

with myvr guesty says it effectively makes the company the largest short term rental property management platform worldwide

Bob W tops up seed round with €6M for apartment rental concept

phocuswire 2021-4-8

bob w plans to develop its technology stack and add further apartments following its latest investment

Travelport unifies services in new Travelport+ platform, replacing three legacy brands

phocuswire 2021-4-7

ceo greg webb says the new travelport platform better positions the company to serve the blossoming retail structure of travel

As governments diverge on health passports, consumers accept them

phocuswire 2021-4-7

fear of having personal information compromized by hackers is the main concern of travelers when it comes to sharing health data

How digital health passes bring biometrics in aviation much closer

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progress in facial recognition technology and reduced development costs are bringing seamless travel a step closer

Hornblower Group rebrands experiences portfolio, acquires tour operator Walks

phocuswire 2021-4-7

hornblower group is rebranding its water and land based portfolio as city experiences and growing its offerings through the acquisition of tours and activities operator walks

Saudi Arabian startup Gazal raises $2M to expand micromobility services

phocuswire 2021-4-6

gazal offers dockless bikes and e scooters in cities around saudi arabia and plans to expand throughout the region

Eola activates €2.3M investment round for experiences tech

phocuswire 2021-4-6

the seed investment round was led by pentech ventures and supported by techstars and other unnamed investors

The data conundrum for travel marketers in 2021

phocuswire 2021-4-6

as the industry enters peak travel season marketers are faced with a question that most are not prepared to answer how should i account for the lack of data i gathered in 2020

Sherpa launches maps that track COVID-related travel policies

phocuswire 2021-4-6

travel brands can integrate the map into their websites and apps and it can be accessed directly from the sherpa website

"Marketing of Care" and the future of tourism

phocuswire 2021-4-5

in a post pandemic world marketing of care can help travel marketers promote destinations through a holistic approach that relies on hyper local data as well as rational and emotional factors

Airline executives expect direct channel share to grow, GDS to drop by 2023

phocuswire 2021-4-5

in a survey of airline executives the majority say the pandemic will cause a positive transformation in their businesses but inadequate budgets may hamper some progress

Expedia launches virtual agent for advisors and travelers

phocuswire 2021-4-2

advisors who are members of the expedia travel agent affiliate program can use the virtual agent to cancel bookings or check the status of refunds

Vrbo targets Airbnb “Superhosts” as rental competition heats up

phocuswire 2021-4-1

vrbo is offering experienced short term rental hosts increased visibility through its new fast start program

Apaleo adds €4.5M in Series A investment in hotel technology

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apaleo says it has continued to grow and gain customers despite the pandemic

PhocusWire Pulse: A New Age For Social Media

phocuswire 2021-3-31

our third phocuswire pulse concentrates on social media examining issues ranging from influencers digital marketing social commerce reputation management and livestreaming

Sabre unveils storefront technology enabling comparison of airline products and services

phocuswire 2021-3-31

the technology is available via sabre s shopping apis enabling users and developers to create their own storefront

Google Maps adds augmented reality for airports and stations

phocuswire 2021-3-31

google maps says its making 100 ai led improvements this year

In The Big Chair - Patrick Andrä of HomeToGo

phocuswire 2021-3-31

patrick 160 andra is the co founder and ceo of hometogo a search engine for vacation rentals with more than 250 employees it also operates the wimdu and tripping com websites

Webjet invests $4.1M into blockchain startup LockTrip

phocuswire 2021-3-31

as part of the deal webjet has agreed to a second optional tranche of 4 2 million for a total of 8 3 million

Venza acquires CyberTek in hospitality security technology roll-up

phocuswire 2021-3-30

venza says its acquisition of cybertek will boost its service for hotel customers

My Method... How Hotel Treats helped properties earn valuable revenue during the pandemic

phocuswire 2021-3-29

hotel treats helped hard rock hotels earn 1 5 million through vouchers during the pandemic

STARTUP STAGE: Staze is a last-minute booking app for holiday rentals

phocuswire 2021-3-29

founded in february 2020 staze is targeted to spontaneous travelers who want to book stays starting within two weeks

VIDEO: The “not stupid” way to achieve loyalty in hospitality

phocuswire 2021-3-29

speaking during phocuswire s pulse loyalty for the long haul event citizenm s lennert de jong says loyalty in hospitality is all about the physical experience

Sounding Off: The truest test of a travel brand? Disruption

phocuswire 2021-3-26

this will be found in a combination of honesty the speed with which a brand makes good on refunds implementing health protocols not capitalizing publicly on the misfortune of other companies and...

Travel recovery goes beyond planes in the sky - it requires customer empathy

phocuswire 2021-3-25

winning business is hard 160 most successful companies will tell you that retaining customers is far cheaper than acquiring new ones 160

Hopper closes $170M funding round, creates new B2B offering with Capital One as first partner

phocuswire 2021-3-24

hopper is kicking off an ambitious growth plan that includes the launch of hopper cloud selling its infrastructure agency content financial technology and data science capabilities to other travel...