Dopplr was one of the world’s most innovative and useful online travel tools. Since the Nokia acquisition however, a lot has changed apparently. The site has seen very few noticeable updates, and the user base seems to have fallen off drastically in the last few months. Can Dopplr achieve its former glossy appearance, or is it destined for the “dead pool”?
Argophilia takes a look at the cutting edge of online travel platforms. Today Besttraveldeals comes into view with a community determined to find the best travel prices and value. Despite the site’s community nature, the model does have its drawbacks.
Travelport and Orbitz sue American Airlines over intended breakup of ticket sale deal. American wants exclusivity and no competition, while online travel companies demand choice for their customers. In what appears to be a move in protest of Travelport’s Southwest deal, AA aims to leverage their position. Meanwhile, Orbitz stocks tumble when they can afford it least.
Tripwolf is one of the most complete and useful online travel tools in the world. With its new iPhone and Facebook integration the service should be at the top of the travel booking heap, but somehow it is not. Regardless, Tripwolf is a complete online travel experience, maybe even the best one yet.
World66 has been a key player in the online travel game for some time. But the cluttered interface and limited user value now call for a major upgrade if the site is to gain traction again.
Slovakia, Europe’s most centrally located and one of the world’s fastest growing countries just may be the real estate investment Mecca of 2011. Vast governmental infrastructure projects, a revamping of many dated industries, and an already vibrant economy spell profit. Will Slovakia’s boom real estate market return along with other economic recovery? Why not?
Travelport announces new integration features as the company gets a new lease on life from investors. Travelport’s leading edge GDS technology is in need of an update, as worldwide travel becomes far more competitive. Blackstone Group’s reservation portal forgoes $2.6 billion in mature loans for now. Will the company integrate and expand its global business?
Welcome to Russia joins the elite list of travel companies belonging to the ASTA. According to this latest news, Russia’s leading conduit for travel support joins the world’s largest travel agent association. Russia is set to engage travel and tourism on an unprecedented level.
The Bay of Bengal holds a million wonders for the visitor. But Puri Beach holds a special place in the lives of so many people who live in India. For one beach comber, a tribute to her father’s favorite seaside destination reveals the spirit of one of India’s most popular attractions.
Welcome to Russia begins offering flight bookings online. Russian apartment brokers, Welcome to Russia have been branching out for some time. Now their services include not only hotel bookings and apartment listings, but flight deals as well. In an obvious move to catch up with western online booking engines, WTR spreads its wings slightly father. The service covers markets from Ukraine to Moldova and former Soviet regions.
Innovation in online travel is powered by ideas and technology. Key investor Morten Lund is scheduled to kick off the inaugural WITovation Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Singapore on October 18th. The much anticipated camp will serve as a springboard for technology innovators, as well as a think thank for the WIT conference.