EaseMyTrip acquires majority stake in hotel booking business cheQin

phocuswire 2023-1-27

the deal strengthens easemytrip s hotel channels and puts it in a great position to give its customers a wide range of innovative hotel booking options 160

STARTUP STAGE: Connect-EZ provides in-app calling for travelers

phocuswire 2023-1-27

founded in 2020 the london based company aims to make it easier for travelers to communicate with airlines while on the go including for booking inquiries and customer service issues

Amex GBT restructures to focus on multinationals and smaller businesses

phocuswire 2023-1-27

the company says the move will accelerate growth and drive consistency with the amex gbt eyeing a significant opportunity to grow our business

eDreams sets up tech hub in Milan

phocuswire 2023-1-26

the barcelona based business already has development centers across europe in cities including madrid alicante and budapest

Highs and lows of tech innovation in 2022

phocuswire 2023-1-26

did the hype in the past 12 months surrounding emerging technologies such as metaverse nfts and ai mask their real opportunity

The evolution of in-room voice tech in hospitality

phocuswire 2023-1-25

voice assistants help short staffed hotels by answering routine questions that the front desk would otherwise have to answer they can also boost revenue by upselling spa services or future bookings...

STARTUP STAGE: SquadTrip’s all-in-one platform streamlines trip planning

phocuswire 2023-1-25

squadtrip provides an saas trip booking and marketing platform for group travel organizers and trip bookers alike

Isprava raises $19.5M for luxury home development and rentals

phocuswire 2023-1-25

the investment in the mumbai based company was led by symphony international holdings

Vacasa lays off 1,300 to cut costs

phocuswire 2023-1-25

vacasa became a public company in december 2021 with a debut of 10 99 tuesday its stock closed at 1 67

Grazzy lands $4.25M for hospitality payment and tipping platform

phocuswire 2023-1-24

the investment from next coast ventures and tuesday capital brings the company s total seed round to 6 8 million

Tripadvisor, Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com web traffic bodes well for 2023

phocuswire 2023-1-24

new report from similarweb suggests visits to the biggest online travel agencies in december increased enough on both a monthly and yearly basis to keep revenge travel going into the new year

How travel brands can activate first-party data

phocuswire 2023-1-23

travel companies need to prepare for cookies going away and learn to use first party data in sophisticated ways to create a personalized customer experience

STARTUP STAGE: Trustd.ai helps rentals filter out bad behaving guests

phocuswire 2023-1-23

the company 160 uses ai to collect and analyze a mix of static and dynamic trust attributes related to a guest and then delivers the result to the partner systems in real time in the form of a...

Kampaoh secures €14M to fuel expansion throughout Europe

phocuswire 2023-1-23

the funding round consists of 12 5 million of debt combined with 1 5 million from kampoah s current partners jme ventures encomenda and axon partners group

Hospitality communication tech provider Akia secures $6M

phocuswire 2023-1-20

akia says 160 its two way communication platform powered by artificial intelligence helps hotelsp enhance guest engagement while its process automation system increases staff efficiency and drives...

United boss warns airlines have "outgrown their technology infrastructure"

phocuswire 2023-1-20

united ceo scott kirby says pilot shortages and other staffing issues as well as the delay in aircraft delivery and parts are inhibiting the growth of carriers

Uber on its future plans for travel products

phocuswire 2023-1-19

uber s head of growth and new products for travel and airports loren kosloske discusses the company s future plans related to multi modality flights and hotels 160

Could “save now buy later” take off in travel?

phocuswire 2023-1-19

with snbl a traveler creates an account to save toward a goal such as a trip and their savings are boosted by financial incentives and discounts from supplier partners 160

Accor unveils new platform for mixed-use property development

phocuswire 2023-1-18

accor plans to develop and operate branded residences via the new platform combined with other products and services such as co working private clubs and extended stay hotels

New online cruise booking site launches with $10M from prominent investors

phocuswire 2023-1-18

after a year of beta testing cruisebound is launching with backing from former priceline ceo jeff boyd tripadvisor founder steve kaufer madrona ventures managing director steve singh and others

The short-, mid- and long-term future of tokenization in travel

phocuswire 2023-1-18

the tokenized future will allow consumers to put forth their travel requirements and have suppliers bid on their needs in a transparent and immutable record where hidden costs are reduced and the...

HotelRunner raises $6.5M for hospitality tech platform

phocuswire 2023-1-17

the funding for the london u k based business comes from both new and existing investors 212 wix capital founders factory ascension ventures and dhm as well as a number of technology veterans and...

Two chatbot companies serving travel secure funding for expansion

phocuswire 2023-1-17

dallas based inbenta 160 has landed 40 million while new york based nlx 160 has scored 4 6 million both companies cater to the travel sector among other industries

Chooose raises $15M for sustainability platform expansion

phocuswire 2023-1-13

the investment in the norway based company was led by climate tech focused investors genzero and soundwaves the investment vehicle founded by actor ashton kutcher

CES throws spotlight on tech to improve the traveler experience

phocuswire 2023-1-13

the recent consumer electronics event attracted 114 000 attendees and included more of a focus on travel and travel technology than in previous years

Fliggy adds tours and activities via Globaltix partnership

phocuswire 2023-1-12

the deal integrates globaltix s marketplace of experiences including attractions and tours across 40 countries into fliggy

Key trends in business travel tech innovation

phocuswire 2023-1-12

amtrav s jeff klee and tripkicks jeff berk discuss where they see opportunities to enhance the business travel experience through new strategies and new technology 160

What will ChatGPT mean for the travel industry?

phocuswire 2023-1-12

industry leaders from booking com expedia group hopper and more weigh in on the topic of what chatgpt might mean for their internal operators and for travelers

Grounding of flights in U.S. produces aftershocks for travel and hospitality

phocuswire 2023-1-12

although temporary wednesday s flight stoppage calls attention to the need for updated technology as well as stronger passenger rights industry experts say

Loyalty strategies of online travel giants

phocuswire 2023-1-11

while expedia booking com and hopper are betting on financial rewards to boost loyalty airbnb is focused on driving retention through love

Delta opens innovation lab to boost sustainability efforts

phocuswire 2023-1-10

the carrier s sustainable skies lab will focus on existing delta initiatives around sustainability as well as innovative projects and ways to scale technology to help reach net zero by 2050

Active Travel acquires cycling business of Inspired Italy

phocuswire 2023-1-10

the acquisition gives active travel group a platform for cycle operations in tuscany and umbria and brings its operating bases to six across the u k france and now italy

Travel companies explore metaverse with eye on future

phocuswire 2023-1-10

some travel and hospital companies are getting in on the ground floor of the metaverse to take a lead role while it is still in its infancy

Second-home ownership startup offering "hotel-like" stays raises $30M

phocuswire 2023-1-9

fractal homes is starting with properties in the united kingdom and says it owners its owners 160 hotel style management and maintenance

How to sell your travel company while you are on top

phocuswire 2023-1-9

rategain s recent acquisition of adara for 16 1 million following 67 million in investment could serve as a cautionary tale for founders on timing the sale of their company

Cendyn names new CEO

phocuswire 2023-1-9

blaha brings executive level experience to the role from previous positions at technology companies including khoros lone wolf technologies peopleadmin and aptean

STARTUP STAGE: Away Together aims to elevate guest experience

phocuswire 2023-1-9

the away together platform allows for accommodations to communicate with their guests as well as for guests to communicate with one another

How travel companies can best prepare for future shocks

phocuswire 2023-1-6

global futurist rohit talwar encourages travel leaders to unlearn past views and assumptions to enable them to prepare for the range of opportunities and shocks that may lie ahead 160

WeTravel CEO steps aside, takes product role

phocuswire 2023-1-6

co founder and ceo johannes 160 koeppel moves to the role of chief product officer for the company which claims to have seen double digit client and transaction volume growth since 2021

PhocusWire parent Northstar Travel Group appoints Jason Young as CEO

phocuswire 2023-1-6

tom kemp who has been chairman and ceo since 2009 will remain as chairman and bob sullivan has been promoted to chief commercial officer

Simplifying corporate rail travel is an environmental and business imperative

phocuswire 2023-1-5

championing the sustainable impact of rail travel is worth little if as an industry we are unable to convert demand into completed journeys

Travel fintech trends to watch in 2023

phocuswire 2023-1-4

travel companies are prioritizing investment in payments and fintech recognizing that innovation in these areas can be an important differentiator for their brands

STARTUP STAGE: BookSmart24 helps travelers book sustainable trips

phocuswire 2023-1-4

the booksmart24 app equips travelers with the information they need to select the most eco friendly itinerary

Video: Mystifly – Phocuswright Conference Launch innovator

phocuswire 2023-1-4

singapore based mystifly offers a suite of solutions to streamline airline distribution fulfillment and payments 160

RateGain rounds out offering with acquisition of Adara

phocuswire 2023-1-3

the combination of rategain and adara will offer travel companies travel intent data as well as pricing and inventory intelligence

How TMCs are blending automation with human support

phocuswire 2023-1-3

executives from cwt and flight centre travel group discuss challenges facing the business travel sector including the need for more customer service and a focus on sustainability

Video: Sabre - Phocuswright Conference Launch innovator

phocuswire 2023-1-3

sabre hospitality president scott wilson explains the company s new synxis retail studio solution

Startups Lucia and BLCK forge ahead with scholarship backing

phocuswire 2022-12-23

samella watson and grace mcbride talk about how the philip c wolf memorial scholarship including access to the phocuswright conference 160 has helped 160 them shape their startups

What to expect from the TravelTech Show in 2023

phocuswire 2022-12-23

the traveltech show will celebrate its 20th years when it returns to excel london in june

The most popular articles on PhocusWire in 2022

phocuswire 2022-12-23

from the 1 000 plus articles we published in 2022 these are the 10 that were most popular based on pageviews