These five travel startups are making travelers and the companies that serve them smarter by giving them access to tool for connections, data insights, and more effective searches.
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>> Mews Systems is a mobile property management solution for small hotels, hostels and B&Bs. Users can review their performance, check status of checked-in/out rooms and housekeeping schedule, and manage arrivals and departures.
SkiftTake: New technology is giving smaller properties more nimble, affordable tools with which to manage their bookings and workforce, in turn increasing efficiency and guest experience.
>> Glassy.Pro is a tool and community for surfers, specifically those that travel in order to find the best waves and meet like-minded peers. The app rates surf spots and specific sessions, lets users challenge on another, and facilities location discovery.
SkiftTake: This is a tool that can be used in a surfer’s backyard or as they travel around the world. Its niche focus on one sport will help the app build a large user base.
>> SmartDepart is a hotel booking sites that collects data from 10 booking websites including pricing, reviews and amenities. Users can drag hotels into a comparison interface or have the website’s decision algorithm make a decision for them.
SkiftTake: There are many hotel booking websites that attempt to streamline or simplify the decision booking process, but taking market share away from major players is harder than it would appear.
>> Hidden Hostels is a curated hostel booker that only shares properties located off the beaten track, away from traditional tourist centers.
SkiftTake: There are many curated hotel booking sites based on design, ambiance and location, but not many for the hostel sector.
>> Tip Like a Local is an app that advises travelers how much to tip while traveling in a new destination. The app suggests local percentages for more than 60 countries.
SkiftTake: Tipping practices are one of the cultural differences that (good) tourists always come up against in a new destination. An app that quickly solves that problem is helpful; however, might not be profitable for the founder.