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As we’ve said before, it’s seems the travel startup space has hit a plateau where few new ideas are being generated and founders are looking for small ways to improve existing services.
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>> Rentivo is a vacation rental site that helps individuals market and manage their properties as well as serves as a data distribution and consultancy service for rental agents. Travelers can of course search the site for rentals.
SkiftTake: Rentivo is a mix of several better-known rental sites but as the market behind vacation rentals as well as those searching for rentals grows, it will become more difficult to stand out enough to build a business.
>> GeniusFlight helps users search for flights based on their budget instead of their destination. The site is powered by Skyscanner and Booking.com and aims to push travelers outside of their usual comfort zones. A sister site, GeniusHotels, also recently launched.
SkiftTake GeniusFlight isn’t the first site to test this kind of search system, but most travelers have some idea of which destination they’d like to visit limiting its potential growth.
>> MyGuide is a platform for finding and hiring a local guide who can tailor a travelers’ city experience to their interests.
SkiftTake: The rapid growth in interest in local guides has been followed up by a series of new platforms, but it will difficult for most to attract the guide and user base to build a larger network.
>> Roadsidely, an AAA competitor, wants to provide roadside assistance via a smartphone app. Users select their location on a map, track the arrival of a service vehicle, and pay electronically.
SkiftTake: Roadside assistance is a huge market, but carving out a space is difficult to do given the competition.
>> Tripfair is a new trip booking engine that connect travelers with travel providers. It aims to make booking easier and faster for users while increasing revenues and customer communication for travel providers.
SkiftTake: The trip booking marketing is a crowded space and it’s proved almost impossible for new startups to break through the existing network of online booking sites and travel agents.