There are a lot of different startups all over the world. They appear very often and offer different services. Today we’ll look through the twenty best travel startups.
- Betterez (Toronto, Canada)
This startup has taken 7 years to crack the complicated technical problem of building a set of tools that can help ground transportation providers shift up a gear and run their businesses more efficiently. Bus-side mobile ticket scanning, accurate ridership reports, optimized pricing for demand, as well as mobile shopping and upselling.
- Bidroom (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are squeezing independent hotels with commissions and costs that can total as much as 30%. Many owners are looking for alternatives. Bidroom offers one, charging hotels zero commissions after a one-time fee. Changes in contracts between the online travel firms and hotels allow each side to offer discounted rates via membership-based platforms.
- Destygo (Paris, France)
Building a chatbot is not the same thing as building a business. Destygo, unlike other chatbot builders, is creating a conversational artificial intelligence platform specialized for the travel industry.
- Evolve (Denver, Colorado)
A lot of well-funded companies are wringing efficiencies out of the vacation rental sector with new tech and new business models. Evolve stands out by offering owners services a la carte. Its basic set comes with smaller commissions than some rivals charge.
- Fornova (Yokneam Ilit, Israel)
This startup helps hotels preserve rate integrity. Fornova expands with an array of technologies that help hotels maintain the integrity of their rates. So far, Marriott, Accor, and other hotel groups use Fornova to monitor and benchmark online rates and automatically react to ensure they sell every room in the smartest way.
- Futurestay (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
Managers of vacation rental properties want to market their properties on Airbnb and other platforms, and a lot of companies have popped up to sell software to help. However, almost none of these online tools are comprehensive in automating the tasks required after a traveler has clicked a “book now” button, such as handling any refund issues that might crop up. Futurestay strives to handle it all, leaving owners with less manual work.
- Hotelogix (Noida, India)
A lot of hotel groups in India and emerging markets run server-based management systems at their properties and lack centralized control at the corporate level. The hoteliers also have little ability to transact with online travel agencies in real-time. Hotelogix combine all of this together with mobile-first, internet-based software for customers in many countries.
- Ivvy (Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia)
The startup CEO Lauren Hall wants to take her booking engine for events to a global audience. Meeting planners and venue suppliers like hotels remain mired in systems that don’t talk to each other seamlessly. Other companies, like Social Tables, are also tackling overlapping parts of the problem. But Hall wants to create the first global distribution system for events.
- Journera (Chicago, Illinois)
Travel suppliers know that clients want seamless personalized experiences and relevant offers, but each brand only has a small set of data on any given traveler. Journera is trying to find a way to piece together the data and help firms make more relevant offers at each stage of a trip.
- Kiwi.com (Brno, Czech Republic)
Kiwi.com offers a distinctive model of combining flights from non-partner airlines into single itineraries. Just imagine: flying first on Ryanair and then on easyJet on two one-way tickets to reach your final destination.
- Lvji (Guangzhou, China)
Anybody who has traveled in China outside of its best-known cities knows that the amount of tourism information infrastructure is limited for Mandarin-speakers — let alone for international visitors. To fill the gap, Lvji has developed audio travel guides for mobile apps and electronic kiosks for destinations.
- Mews (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Hotel innovation has been held back by the 300 or so property management systems. The majority property management systems are too complicated for new services to integrate with quickly and smoothly — either because they charge high connectivity fees or are clunky to use. Mews charges nothing for integrations, and it has built its property management system from scratch to work well with the APIs that enable digital innovation.
- MisterFly (Paris, France)
This is an online travel agency in the sense it takes payments and rebooks customers when anything goes wrong. But its search results look like a metasearch company’s, such as Kayak’s or Skyscanner’s. It has pioneered other innovations, too, such as letting consumers pay for their trips in quarterly installments and selling more fully flexible cancellation insurance than legacy players do.
- Mobacar (Kerry, Ireland)
Travelers shopping for car rentals, or ride-hailing apps get tired of trawling through long lists of choices. Mobacar taps machine learning to forecast the mode of transport and type of vehicle a traveler will want and aims to push only relevant offers first. It claims to be able to divine the mindset of any given traveler, such as how much he or she would be willing to pay and how much of a rush they may be in.
- PKFare (Beijing, China)
Major middlemen technology companies aggregate a huge share of the world’s airline tickets and distribute them to travel agencies. However, the giants leave gaps in coverage. A few upstart companies, such as India’s Mystifly, aim to plug those gaps with next-generation tech. PKFare is China’s star in this category. It is building a business-to-business marketplace where agencies, suppliers, and companies can access branded airline and hotel wholesale inventory.
- RedDoorz (Singapore)
RedDoorz is a network of budget branded lodging, with a lot of properties primarily in Indonesia but also in Singapore and the Philippines.
- Redeam (Boulder, Colorado)
This company helps tourist sites, museums, and other attraction operators automate and digitize many of their administrative processes.
- The Dyrt (Portland, Oregon)
A lot ofof people go camping, but most still use old-school methods to plan their trips. The Dyrt has built campground search mobile apps that have aggregated many pictures, videos, and reviews of campsites.
- Volantio (Atlanta, Georgia)
This company helps to predict when a flight might experience a disruption many hours in advance. Then it helps airlines tempt flexible passengers with compensation in exchange for rebooking on other flights. Volantio tackles knotty operational, commercial, and technological problems. Its aim is to help airlines avoid drama at airport gates and boost overall airline revenue.
- Yamsafer (Ramallah, West Bank)
Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East and North Africa market have been underserved by Western and Chinese online travel multinationals. Yamsafer has successfully outmaneuvered other regional players to become one of the most-used companies for booking hotels and apartment rentals.