Just launched today in beta, GoEuro is a travel search website that lets users plan, organize, and compare their trips across air, rail, bus, and auto travel modes. While no more innovative then your typical metasearch tool, this new startup comes along at just the right time.
Tailor Made Travel, a division of Acromas Holidays, has officially closed up shop and will take no more bookings.
Europe’s leading tour operation, TUI Travel, has just announced their first half of 2013 sales figures. According to TUI losses of some £346 million were actually less than some expected. The company pointed to strong markets in the UK and in Scandinavian countries as having relieved a unprofitable Winter.
A few days ago rumors that Yahoo is eyeballing buying NY travel startup MileWise surfaced. Founded back in 2010, MileWise is basically a deal aggregator-organizer for Android and iOS apps. Basically a loyalty point calculator, MileWise shows promise in helping users sort out the myriad offers and points of the travel world.
Reading news in travel technology this morning any interested party might be a bit confused over all the smoke signals going out from online players. The New York Times suggests simply “Fewer, Bigger Travel Sites”, Expedia stocks are down on the one hand, and their mobile app is revamped a superhuman helper on the other. Meanwhile a startup called Bookt LLC takes a shot at Airbnb.com and vacations. I guess the good news is, travel technology is really still alive and doing well.
Arthur Frommer has decided at age 83 that his world famous travel books should not be slated for obsolescence. The travel publishing legend will re-acquire the brand sold by Wiley & Sons to Google last year. The Frommer’s Guides appear to be alive and well in their founder’s hands again.
Lonely Planet, one of the world’s most recognized names in digital travel, will now be owned by Nashville billionaire Brad Kelley’s NC2Media. BBC reported the deal for some $77.3 million, about half of what the British broadcasting giant paid for the business back in 2007. Despite the reported £80 million loss BBC will take, some say there are lessons worth learning still.
Maybe not so innovative, but an oh so novel way to engage health and wellness enthusiasts is to make a very cool website for spas to reach out from. That’s just what LIVELOVESPA has set out to do, and from what we see, they’re pretty serious about making a go at an online wellness community.
A USA Today story from yesterday pretty much tells on an online travel industry that has failed on nearly every front to deliver. Let’s face it, just because you can book a plane or hotel on Expedia, this does not equal the innovation and awe so many have spoken of these last three years. Tnooz to this beleaguered writer, online travel should be farther along by now in delivering on its promise.
A big part of the success of any travel and tourism business is attracting new clients as well as expanding business dealings with existing clients – especially regular travelers and corporate customers.
It’s flights and hotels that consume most of our funds when traveling. And it’s usually the plane tickets that we book first – because they set the beginning and end dates, as well as the intermediary stops during our itinerary. This is especially for traveling far away, but even on short routes, it’s often the air travel services that are most expensive. So, fining your way to save on flights, will obviously make your entire trip cost a lot less!
TUI Travel PLC’s CEO talks about what’s to come in 2013, as well as profitably for 2012. There’s a lot to be said for TUI, sunshine, and smiles – out of the gloomy forecast, some TUI brightness appears to shine.
buuteeq, the world’s first so called Digital Marketing System for Hotels, has just announced their most recent product enhancements. According to the startup, a new Design Concierge and buuteeq graphical facelift will greatly enhance hotelier on site conversions and ROI.
Already this week, travel news seems a bit on the up-and-up with positive looks at WTM London, as well as great financial news from players like Priceline. I know we are thinking; “Is tourism coming out of the woods here? Regardless, here’s some positive news bits.
In leftover tech news for travel, several bits of merit come into view today. From Carlson Wagonlit’s $20 million acquisition of WorldMate to Stayz buying YesBookit, the digital space is lively this week.