STARTUPS: In the public sector, manufacturing, healthcare and countless other industries, failure is simply not an option – or at least comes with either dire or damaging consequences.
This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality on Friday 6 December 2013… Google allows users to save flights and find them on all devices Flight Search now offers a “Saved Flights” feature that allows users to save useful flight information and retrieve it when they are ready to book.
SOCIAL: Not for us to say that some of the brands in travel technology might have an image problem or, err, be considered a bit on the dull side, but your average company in the sector is not exactly a L’Oreal, Apple, Ferrari or Tommy Hilfiger.
Google is exploring how it might integrate attractions, tours and activities at a deeper level into search and other products, along similar lines to its push into hotels.
The recent company to join the venture capital industry is none other than the GDS giant Amadeus. Today, Amadeus has officially announced its foray into (early stage) investing in travel startups that have technology as a backbone.
SOCIAL: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and countless other networks have allowed consumers, celebrities, politicians and others to share their (often mundane, sometimes fascinating) world with, well, the rest of the world.
Little bit of movement in the world of round-the-world ticketing and long term travel buying as AirTreks sells to rival service BootsnAll.
As the industry moves towards using technology to the fullest to help travellers in their planning experience, Trabblr says it has a different approach to it.
MARKETING: Search marketing was a relatively complicated discipline even before Google (and its ilk) introduced such services as Local and Maps.
In an apparent move to strengthen its online support, Booking.com has acqui-hired a group of staffers from messaging service provider eBuddy.
Dash is the latest startup attempting to address one of the most significant pain-points in the food service side of the hospitality business: split payments for larger groups.
Travel investor Brad Gerstner recently said that the vast majority of value created from the last ten years has been wiring up the world’s accommodation and distributing it online.
Travel data security, risk management while traveling to emerging countries and demand for additional mobile technology will be the focus for corporates next year, says corporate travel management company HRG.
In Evan Konwiser’s recent piece about whether or not travel startups should stay the course or pivot, I found myself thinking that a lack of commitment is often what separates the winners from the losers.
After venturing into non-core domains like driver-less cars and technology enabled glasses, now Google has ventured into the online deals business in India.
A survey (not by an airline app manufacturer!) reveals that less than a quarter of travellers have the app of the Indian airlines on their mobile devices.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a new major set of guidelines to eliminate fake online reviews.
Last month, Pinterest announced a travel-focused feature called Place Pins which allowed Pinners to create pinned maps of places of interest for travel plans.
The latest startup to drop into the tours and activities space is WithLocals, which promises to connect travelers to food, tours and activities in destinations around the world.
With the millions of conversations being carried out on Twitter at any one time, cutting through the noise to find anything meaningful is a challenge.