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Five Travel Startups: Apps Take Users from Financing to Bragging

@SamShankman

Jan 06, 2014 9:00 am


A Look at Media creates destination-specific video content for airlines and a mobile app that guides flyers to the highlighted sites upon arrival.

Aviashopper is a Russian mobile app that serves as a travelers’ guide to new airports and a marketing and customer acquisition channel for airport businesses.

HiverApp provides real-time updates from ski spots around the world. Users can receive updates on weather and snow conditions, read updates from riders on the mountains, and connect with friends through the app.

Travelore is a website where travelers make a profile and list which countries they’ve been to, post photos, share upcoming travel plans, and compete with other users.

Fund Your Travel is a travel crowdfunding platform. Users create a campaign detailing their itineraries and set a deadline for funding. Individuals and corporate sponsors can then contribute to the funding goal in exchange for a souvenir or brand exposure.

These five travel startups have created mobile apps that span every step of the travel process from pre-trip financing to airport wayfinding to post-trip bragging.

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>> A Look at Media creates destination-specific video content for airlines and a mobile app that guides flyers to the highlighted sites upon arrival. A 30-minute video is shown at the end of the flight highlighting restaurants and attractions. Travelers can also book reservations and buy tickets through the app.

SkiftTake: Travelers today are very intent on having a local experience and businesses, including airlines, want to be the one to show them and profit from that experience. The company already has a contract with British Airways, which is a good sign for future business.

>> Aviashopper is a Russian mobile app that serves as a travelers’ guide to new airports and a marketing and customer acquisition channel for airport businesses. It includes maps and informational guides to the airport as well as basic transportation and travel information in the nearest city.

SkiftTake: There are a number of apps and platforms today that give airport businesses the opportunity to reach flyers on mobile, making this an increasingly competitive category of travel to get into.

>> HiverApp provides real-time updates from ski spots around the world. Users can receive updates on weather and snow conditions, read updates from riders on the mountains, and connect with friends through the app.

SkiftTake: Skiers and winter travelers have access to a growing number of mobile apps providing exact details on destinations and conditions. The key to success is growing a following in a certain region or among a certain type of traveler.

>> Travelore is a website where travelers make a profile and list which countries they’ve been to, post photos, share upcoming travel plans, and compete with other users.

SkiftTake: There are number of features not included on other social networks, but most travelers want the largest number of friends and family possible to know about their travel plans and pictures, suggesting travelers will stick to the existing big ones (like Facebook).

>> Fund Your Travel is a travel crowdfunding platform. Users create a campaign detailing their itineraries and set a deadline for funding. Individuals and corporate sponsors can then contribute to the funding goal in exchange for a souvenir or brand exposure.

SkiftTake: Finding funders would likely be rare as most individuals are concerned with saving for their own trips and businesses are busier vetting existing travel bloggers than donating to a traveler with little to no reach.

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