Tag: Tourism

Smart Destinations, Creators and Hotel-verse

No funding, no problem. UK-based Pluto has had a pretty out-of-this-world story. After two big crowdfunding campaigns, raising over £1.3 million and a strong community following along the way, the team found new investment drying up. So, they looked for another way to keep their travel app that helps users organise and coordinate travel plans and insurance alive […]

A Fresh Look for Airline Shopping

Taxis taking the skies. United has just made another investment into a possible future mode of mobility – airborne taxis. The American firm just put $15 million into EVE Air Mobility alongside a conditional purchase agreement for 200 four-seat electric aircraft plus 200 options. It comes just one month after a $10 million deposit for Archer Aviation’s similarly sized air taxi. […]

More Inclusive Cities

Branson bets on diversity, sustainability and customer-centricity. From boats to plans to spaceships, Sir Richard Branson is quite the travel guru. He pioneered taking a customer-centric approach to air travel and created a brand that other providers have since tried to emulate. He entered the cruise sector, and through promoting diversity, has democratised access to the luxury yacht […]

Short-term Rentals on the Spotlight

Roam free with Celitech’s expanding e-SIM coverage. One hurdle travellers have to overcome is of course the all-important cell coverage. After all, part of travelling is being able to share experiences with friends and family back home, and on a safety and purely logistical level, we need to have phone coverage at most moments of our […]

TravelTech Startups: Latest News Investments

Aero’s premium airline secures $50 million. It seems that luxury air travel is picking up pace. Not only have we seen airlines stepping up the levels of luxury available, enhanced sitting and sleeping provisions, but also the rise of premium air travel. Aero Technologies, a premium private jet operator has raised $50 million in Series B […]

Travel Luxury, Subscriptions & Innovation

In case you missed the amazing group of people we got together to join the jury of this year’s FutureTravel Pitch Competition, here they are! We’ll be joined by: Christoph Schuh, Michele Luperini, Meryem Aydin and Isabelle Gallo. They are expert investors with extensive experience and expertise in the travel & hospitality sector – let’s say […]

Talent Shortage & Airport Chaos

This summer, airports have been characterised by one thing: chaos. Delayed flights, crazy queues and trips cancelled altogether – travellers are facing a frenzy of disruptions. So how are airports responding? Well, Heathrow has implemented a controversial flight cap. Although it was originally planned to end mid-September, it’s now expected to last until the end of October. […]

Experiences & Flight subscriptions

Flight subscriptions are taking off. We all want to jet off and get back to exploring all this world has to offer, and it’s getting more financially-friendly to do so. Barcelona-based Caravelo, a startup that’s pioneering flight subscription and revenue optimization models for airlines, has just picked up a €3 million funding boost. The company is flying […]

Cities are sold out for the Summer

Berlin, NYC and Dublin sold out for the summer. This summer, business travel is booming. Not only are companies enjoying that staff can travel more freely again, but employees are also taking the chance to stay longer and convert business trips into workcations. Recent research by AltoVita shows that some cities are now ‘sold out’ – Dublin, NYC […]

Tahiti celebrates 50 years of over-water bungalows

In terms of tourism innovations, it was absolutely huge but one we now take for granted: 2017 marks 50 years since three young Americans – the “Bali Hai Boys” – created the tourism world’s first over-water bungalows in Tahiti. Don “Muk” McCullum, Jay Carlisle and the late Hugh Kelley – who were inspired to visit Tahiti […]