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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
There are obviously some investors who believe that Trippy’s pivot to Q&A is a viable trip-planning solution. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear in a year or two, though, that the startup has pivoted again to metasearch or hotel booking to try to monetize its offering.
Trippy, the social travel planner which first debuted back at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2011, is shifting away from the friends-only model with the official launch of a new Q&A-focused traveling planning service today. The new service lets locals and others familiar with an area discover and respond to questions from other travelers and potential visitors.
The company is also announcing an additional $3.5 million in Series A funding, in a round closed last year, and led by eVentures.