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Tripda raises $11 million to expand further into U.S.

Ride sharing platform Tripda has raised a $11 million series A to fund its expansion into North America.

Size REALLY does matter in travel – welcome to a new era for devices

No one can escape the rise and rise of mobile and its importance in the travel industry. Tablets, smartphones and, now the hybrid phablets, are taking on PCs’ functions from planning a trip to booking elements of the trip such as hotels and flights,.

Kayak adds Hotel for Tonight tool to app, Cuba to search

HotelTonight’s pioneering success with same-day hotel bookings has led a host of copycat products from other companies, including online travel agencies like Priceline and metasearch sites like Hipmunk.

MakeMyTrip adds hotels, gains air share, invests in Simplotel

Indian OTA MakeMyTrip has talked up its performance in the quarter to end-Dec but this hasn’t prevented a big drop in its share price.

WEBINAR VIDEO – How to demystify cross-border payments in travel

Payment efficiency and security for cross-border payments are essential in today’s global marketplace.

Some Qantas fliers to get virtual reality headsets


Qantas will soon offer virtual-reality headsets to select first-class passengers to see if they like the devices’ three-dimensional spin on in-flight entertainment.

Facebook to offer real-time video ads during Super Bowl

Outside of the World Cup and Olympics, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched viewing events on the planet.

Profitable KelBillet debuts Gopili multi-modal metasearch in Europe

KelBillet, the French multimodal search engine, has launched a new brand for other European markets: Gopili.

TripAdvisor splashes out with $25k prize on latest round of UGC ads

After enjoying success with its first round of user-generated advertisements, TripAdvisor is back with a massive $25k prize for round two.

Ich bin ein Berliner – THack brings travel hackathon roadshow to Germany


Do you have an idea for a digital innovation in travel? Can you code a working mobile or web application in 24 hours that helps travelers discover, enhance or share their journey?

TravelMassive takes next steps to living up to its name

TravelMassive, the global community of startups, industry insiders, bloggers and more, has relaunched this week.

Qunar bets on tech as it attempts to travel the road to profit

Qunar’s profitability in the next year is a much mooted topic in the Chinese travel industry. While Ctrip never fails to remind everyone that its performance is reflected in its profitability, Qunar is confident that its keen watch on operating expense and technology strategy will stand it in good stead.

Where are the best places for high quality and free hotel wifi?


The US has the largest number of free hotel wifi spots in the world, but conversely it has the lowest quality connections, a new study has found.

Hoax bomb threats pose social media challenge for airlines

In the past week, there were 16 threats via Twitter, according to USA Today. Bomb threats via social media have been around for a while, complicating the job of airline social media managers.

HomeAway loses in its attempt to stop San Francisco rentals law

Vacation-rental provider HomeAway‘s attempt to stop new regulations for house rentals in San Francisco has been halted.

Marketing watch: The top 5 challenges facing marketers globally


The “marketer” designation continues to shift towards a new “marketing technologist” title, according to a massive new Salesforce report that crunched responses from 5,000 marketers across the globe.

The mobile majority is here in travel — and across all demographics

There is a clear mobile majority in travel across all demographics for the first time ever, says the latest Travel Technology Survey from Phocuswright.

Beat the travel website blues: Five steps to better performance


So you made it through the busy holiday travel season and are gunning for a great 2015. The US (and SOME elsewhere around the world) economy is looking up, wallets are opening for travel, and the online travel website continues to popularize.

Sabre captures Alitalia, Digital Trip resells Revelex, Boxever wins TravelPlanet24, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for January 2015.

Startup Pitch: TheLater helps travelers organize their research

TheLater is an app for iOS that helps travelers organize their trip research. A Q&A with founder Ashley Byers: Tell us how you founded the company, why and what made you decide to jump in and create the business.


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