Flash Pack adventure travel raises $6.2M to boost U.S. expansion

phocuswire 2023-10-24

flash pack hopes to triple its employee count in the u s the company s fastest growing market accounting for 60 of its total trip sales 160

Wisk completes eVTOL test flights in Los Angeles

phocuswire 2023-10-23

the advanced air mobility company launched test flights at long beach airport to gain experience of running the flights alongside commercial airport operations

Your.Rentals tops up funding to fuel growth and tech development

phocuswire 2023-10-23

the denmark based company had announced 2 15 million in funding earlier this year and has now added investment from trind ventures to the round

Where are they now? Checking in with our Hot 25 Startups of 2021

phocuswire 2023-10-23

troop anyplace buser pace tripkicks kyte and zamna check in with phocuswire three years after being named part of our hot 25 for 2021

Expedia Group announces Air Miles, Afterpay partnerships

phocuswire 2023-10-20

expedia group continues b2b growth measures with two new partnerships

How AI can help travel brands hit the mark with digital marketing

phocuswire 2023-10-20

with a little technology help travel and hospitality brands can make the most of the travel boom and create a digital experience that drives customer conversion loyalty and revenue

Industry leaders on the outlook for tours, activities and attractions

phocuswire 2023-10-20

viator cco sarah dines rezdy ceo chris atkin and investor michael zeisser were among the panelists discussing the tours and activities sector at arival 360 orlando

TripStack onboards NokAir for virtual interlining technology

phocuswire 2023-10-19

the technology called self connect for airlines enables carriers to retain customers who come to an airline website seeking a destination that the airline does not serve

Q&A: Mondee’s vice chairman talks AI strategy, acquisitions, going public

phocuswire 2023-10-19

mondee is combining ai with human support to help anyone sell travel and the newly public company has big plans for growth 160

Lanes & Planes lands $35M in Series B funding

phocuswire 2023-10-18

software as a service provider lanes planes secures series b funding led by smash capital as it seeks expansion

HomeToGo partners with GetYourGuide

phocuswire 2023-10-18

home rental platform hometogo is partnering with getyourguide to highlight experiences for travelers booking vacation rentals

Apartool raises €5.5M with Lionel Messi among investors

phocuswire 2023-10-18

apartool will use the funds for further technology development for the serviced apartment platform as well as geographic expansion

Booking, Expedia, Tripadvisor form coalition to fight fake reviews

phocuswire 2023-10-17

the coalition which also includes amazon glassdoor and trustpilot seeks to work together on developing common standards and best practices to root out fake reviews and ensure consumers can make...

Everything, everywhere, all at once – trends in hospitality tech

phocuswire 2023-10-17

2023 has brought technology trends to travel that surprised enlightened and perhaps even terrified us but we know that with great upheaval comes great change

Tourhub raises £1M for adventure booking platform

phocuswire 2023-10-17

waterspring ventures led the investment partnering on the deal with the development bank of wales

Where are they now? Checking in with our Hot 25 startups of 2020

phocuswire 2023-10-16

placemakr connexpay life house futurestay questo worktrips and cruisewatch update phocuswire on what they ve been up to since they were named part of phocuswire s hot 25 travel startups for 2020

Hopper’s APAC B2C team axed amid cuts of 250 jobs

phocuswire 2023-10-13

as part of its recent cuts hopper has eliminated its b2c team in asia pacific while keeping its b2b team intact

Skyscanner unveils ChatGPT discovery tool

phocuswire 2023-10-13

the solution which is powered by chatgpt is initially launching in beta across australia india and singapore to gauge traveler behavior when using ai for trip planning

Paris bedbugs: Does tech offer the solution to save travel?

phocuswire 2023-10-13

here s how travel tech companies like valpas and spotta are working toward stopping bedbug mania in hotels

DiDi Autonomous Driving lands $149M investment

phocuswire 2023-10-12

the autonomous vehicle unit of didi plans to further its r d and seek collaborations as part of its strategy to speed up the commercial use of autonomous driving technology

Assessing AI opportunities through the corporate travel lens

phocuswire 2023-10-12

technology experts discuss the potential gains and risks of artificial intelligence in the corporate travel world

Airbnb shutters Plus program, promises other upgrades for hosts

phocuswire 2023-10-11

airbnb plus was unveiled in early 2018 and enabled hosts to be part of a higher tier based on quality and comfort

STARTUP STAGE: Crewfare aims to make booking event and group travel easy

phocuswire 2023-10-11

crewfare is a customizable group travel booking platform offering events festivals sports and brands with the ability to capitalize on travel while providing attendees with a streamlined and...

Phocuswright taps innovative founders for scholarship honors

phocuswire 2023-10-11

phocuswright has selected dana le founder and ceo of wander health and zaniheza founder and ceo charles shima as recipients of the philip c wolf memorial scholarship 160

Booking adds sustainability badge for short-term rentals vetted by Sustonica

phocuswire 2023-10-11

properties that have received the sustonica certification will now show a level 3 travel sustainable badge at the top of their listing on booking com 160

Sabre investigation finds no security concerns from alleged ransomware attack

phocuswire 2023-10-11

despite allegations from a ransomware group that it stole sensitive personal information from sabre the company said it has found no evidence that customer data has been compromised 160 160

Cendyn acquires PushTech to build out CRM capabilities

phocuswire 2023-10-10

barcelona based pushtech offers a cloud based customer data and crm platform helping hotels with marketing guest communications and loyalty

From chatbot to top slot – effective use of AI in hospitality

phocuswire 2023-10-10

hospitality needs to look past cost cutting to discover the ultimate value in artificial intelligence bringing together dependable but inspiring service with optimized operations

MDO acquires HelloGM

phocuswire 2023-10-9

160 the centralizing hotel data platform is boosting its back office automation capabilities with its new acquisition

Where are they now? Checking in with our Hot 25 Startups of 2019

phocuswire 2023-10-9

sanctifly stay22 lumo beyond travelperk and guestready update phocuswire on what they ve been up to since they ve been named part of phocuswire s hot 25 travel startups for 2019

Mending the data disconnect between green certifications, hotels and consumers

phocuswire 2023-10-9

hospitality can become a greener industry with a technology platform that more efficiently maps and communicates sustainability efforts to certification criteria frameworks and standards 160

Getting beyond the impasse between airlines and the corporate travel community

phocuswire 2023-10-6

frustration between airlines trying to seek more modern ways to sell their products and corporate travel buyers who feel left behind bubbled over this week at the institute of travel management...

Travelsoft welcomes Capza as minority shareholder

phocuswire 2023-10-5

travelsoft seeks to bolster travel tech consolidation strategy with capza s new minority shareholder status

Habyt lands $40M for co-living concept expansion

phocuswire 2023-10-5

investment in the germany based business was led by korelya capital and deutsche invest with exor ventures endeavor catalyst and existing investors also participating

Instagram moments boosting importance of travel experiences

phocuswire 2023-10-5

while experiences continue to gain importance in travel planning factors such as limited online supply weather and fixed pricing create disincentives to book far in advance 160 160

Expedia Group expands B2B portfolio in Asia Pacific

phocuswire 2023-10-5

expedia group calls asia pacific a critical region for continued growth of its b2b business as it adds several airlines and other new distribution partners

Blacklane adds mobility provider Sixt as an investor

phocuswire 2023-10-4

the exact investment is undisclosed and comes in addition to earlier series f investment from mercedes benz mobility and gargash enterprises

Hopper cuts 250 jobs, citing push to full-scale travel platform

phocuswire 2023-10-4

fred lalonde ceo of the montreal based company told a canadian newspaper the cuts equal to 30 of full time staff were needed to reach profitability 160

Mews looks to boost hotel guest experiences with acquisition

phocuswire 2023-10-4

nomi travel a startup that uses ai to provide users with recommendations on local activities based on their interests is the seventh acquisition by mews 160

Google, Expedia, Travelport and Wego on AI risks, opportunities

phocuswire 2023-10-4

in a session at wit singapore executives from the four companies discussed concerns such as privacy hallucinations and bias in relation to generative ai

Travel insurtech startup BeSafe Group closes €3M round

phocuswire 2023-10-3

founded in 2018 rome based besafe said it has insured more than 250 000 travelers and has a network of more than 1 600 customers including hotels tour operators and travel agencies

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi optimistic about its travel future

phocuswire 2023-10-3

uber has seen a positive response to travel features it launched in the united kingdom and is looking for ways to continue to expand the services

JetBlue files complaint against Amsterdam flight caps

phocuswire 2023-10-2

the airline filed a complaint with the u s dot against the netherlands and eu opposing upcoming flight caps at schiphol airport 160

Safely raises $8M for its short-term rental insurance and screening tools

phocuswire 2023-10-2

since its founding safely has raised more than 20 million in a combination of funding and venture debt and has insured more than four million nights

MeetingPackage announces $4.6M in Series A funding

phocuswire 2023-10-2

the finland based company provides hotels software to digitize the sale and management of their meeting and event spaces integrated with property management systems 160

Fetcherr partners with Royal Air Maroc to implement automated pricing

phocuswire 2023-10-2

the startup is sharing its generative pricing engine with the national carrier of morocco

Travel SEO in the world of AI “answer engines”

phocuswire 2023-9-29

after years of being cut out of the seo action is it wishful thinking to wonder if there s a potential golden age for expert human created content provided it truly adds original perspectives and...

NUMA raises $59M to grow its hospitality brand across Europe

phocuswire 2023-9-28

numa has more than 4 500 rooms and apartments in 10 countries across 28 cities in europe including berlin rome milan and barcelona with a focus on boutique studios for modern travelers 160

Airline ancillary revenue hit $69B in 2022, beating 2019 levels

phocuswire 2023-9-28

the top five u s airlines alaska american airlines delta united and southwest generated ancillary revenue of almost 23 billion in 2022

TravelLocal raises $10M Series B to accelerate international growth

phocuswire 2023-9-28

travellocal offers tailor made holidays by connecting its clients with local experts in each destination combining advice from vetted experts with the convenience of online booking