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Travel startups’ goals today are streamlining the search, booking and packing process. This takes on different forms for all kinds of travelers from eliminating the need for packing to making local search easier.
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>> Booq is a mobile white-label framework for flight booking. App developers can integrate the platform, which includes the full travel process from search to payment, directly into their backend.
SkiftTake: There’s no lack of travel apps being introduced in the market, but the volume of bookings will be low among most suggesting Booq will need to chase high-volume apps to build a viable business.
>> Fandeavor, a kind of Expedia for sporting events, is platform for planning and adding activities to a typical game day experience. Users can buy seat tickets, book nearby hotels, find ground transportation to the event and add on stadium experiences for certain events.
SkiftTake Although sporting events represent a large market, travelers are likely to search several sites instead of purchase all travel through Fandeavor. Users will be more likely to book directly through Fandeavor as it builds its reputation for delivering a certain experience from flight to kickoff.
>> Yonderbound is a Pinterest-like platform for travelers planning or dreaming about their next trip. Users create online scrapbooks where they can keep track of inspirational photos, bookmark possible hotels, write notes and collect links.
SkiftTake Although Yonderbound goes one step beyond Pinterest in allowing users to collect links and notes alongside photos, the more popular pinning platform is currently developing tools targeted at travelers and will likely prove to be tough competition for the new startup.
>> Packnada, a service that facilitates luggage-free travel, launched this month in Singapore. Users can leave up to 20 items of clothing with the company, which will wash and store the items until users return to Singapore.
SkiftTake: The service only makes sense for travelers that are frequently traveling between two cities, but this is a large enough market to suggest that Packnada will find customers in major business hubs around the world.
>> Inspired by Locals helps travelers find local hotspots based on social media check-ins and review data. Users can search through the venues and create an itinerary based on their favorite spots.
SkiftTake: Using public social data is a smart way to collect and curate popular local businesses, but the site will still be competing with larger sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor that have a wealth of information on destinations worldwide.