Travel startups that are changing the way world travels
Travel Startups to look out for
Space may be called ‘the final frontier’ but, in reality, that is a matter of historical perspective. Hundreds of years ago, final frontiers would have included territories in Africa, Asia, and the New World. In many ways, travel still expands borders, be they cultural, geographical, or more.
With a boom in the number of tech startups, it is no surprise that some of them have turned their attentions towards travel. Here are four that are changing the way we experience new sites and places, forever.
Specifically aimed at the travellers and tourists using the $15 billion intercity bus market in South America, PanTrek helps users navigate the often confusing bus system in this exciting continent. Billed as the Expedia of Latin American bus travel, PanTrek groups destinations, departure times and journey costs on one easy to use platform.
PanTrek was founded by San Franciscan and former investment banker David Feldsott, who took inspiration for his startup from a lack of easy to use bus travel during his own visit to South America. Well, if he wanted to blaze his own trail, that is certainly one way of doing it.
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Like GoHero.ai, Peek offers a concierge service but – and here’s the thing – it also doubles as an online travel guide too. Celebrated by a lot of major magazines and newspapers already, including the New York Times and Time magazine, Peek helps travellers to find and discover the best things to see and do during their vacation.
Peek’s excellent plus point on GoHero is that it can be used to research as well as book potential activities. However, this is limited to a one app/platform combination, which falls down against GoHero’s multiple chat-platform integrations (which gets major bonus points for seizing on the current ‘conversational commerce’ trend).
Travel Startups Incubator
Okay, so Trave Startup Incubator (TSI) may not be a startup but it is having a serious impact on the way travel technology is being built and developed. Headed by veteran travel entrepreneur and managing partner Matt Zito, TSI has currently got a portfolio of 15 travel startups with more planned for the future.
Zito and his team hope to invest in a total of 100 startups over the next three years, committing $6 million in the process. Though ambitious, TSI has built a new platform to help connect the incubator with interested startups all over the globe.
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