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5 New Travel Startups Use Digital Tools to Solve Travel Logistics

@SamShankman

Aug 25, 2014 6:00 am

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The problems that travel apps might seem inconsequential in context of the world’s larger issues, but they still make life easier, more productive, and sometimes more lucrative for their users.

— Samantha Shankman

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Troopr is a group booking tool that manages and books group trips via travel agencies.

Drivr is a cloud platform for taxi and limousine companies.

Oivo is a small portable iPhone charger that uses AA batteries to charge users’ phones.

Tourlandish is a tours and activities app that helps travelers find events, tour operators, and attractions at a moment’s notice.

VueVoyage is a platform where travelers can find, capture and rate the best views around the world.

Whether on the B2B side or for consumers, these travel startups are leverage the power of today’s digital tools to solve problems from planning confusion to picture taking.

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>> Troopr is a group booking tool that manages and books group trips. Users can organize bookings on the dashboard, notify participants via emails and SMS, and handle payment transactions. Troopr is positioning itself as tool for travel agencies that helps keeps customers informed.

SkiftTake: is wise to go to the B2B product route. Consumer group booking tools have failed to take off, but actual travel businesses are often looking for tools to streamline that process.

>> Drivr is a cloud platform for taxi and limousine companies. It contains all the necessary tools, including dispatch, call center, online book and credit card processing, to help take existing transportation companies into the digital age.

SkiftTake: Drivr helps existing transport companies compete with digital transit startups, something they’ll need as consumers become more accustomed to booking and paying for cars with their phone.

>> Oivo is a small portable iPhone charger that uses AA batteries to charge users’ phones. The small charger can fit on a key chain and get an iPhone up to 100% with one set of batteries.

SkiftTake: Running out of battery is a constant concern for mobile phone users, but charging can be the most difficult during critical times in a new place or in the outdoors.

>> Tourlandish is a tours and activities app that helps travelers find events, tour operators, and attractions at a moment’s notice. Users can book a tour with only a few minutes or hours before its start time. Tourlandish currently only shows tours and activities for New York City.

SkiftTake: Traditional tour companies have yet to capitalize on last-minute mobile bookers, making Tourlandish an attractive partner for many of the city’s operators.

>> VueVoyage VueVoyage is a platform where travelers can find, capture and rate the best views around the world. Its goal is to help travelers plan where to go for the best shots.

SkiftTake: We’d like to think that millennials are traveling for more than just the phone, but either way, figuring out where to go for the best photographs

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