This week’s travel startups cater to a new generation of travelers that would rather work with peers than companies for lodging and parking space, that opt for adventure over stability, and that want to make business meetings as easy as leisure travel.
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>> Bookmeeting is a reservation platform for meeting rooms in hotels in Spain and Portugal. Users can filter options based on their meeting needs then reserve and pay for the space directly through the platform.
SkiftTake: The number of business meetings and events taking place at hotels is on the rise as properties evolve into local hubs and businesspeople gain greater flexibility to work remotely.
>> VisaTrak makes managing foreign visas easier. The app counts down the days until your visa expires, pushes embassy alerts and travel warnings, and offers a visa automation process.
SkiftTake: The app seems most useful for frequent business travelers whose destination requires them to have a visa; however, the simple reminder service will be difficult to monetize even as downloads increase.
>> EverBooked is a revenue management system for Airbnb hosts. The platform considers location, time of year, nearby demand, and other factors to automatically adjust prices for users’ listings.
SkiftTake: There is a small industry of ancillary services growing around the larger rental and peer-to-peer companies to help hosts make the most money and visitors the most of their stay.
>> NomadList is a resource for people seeking a location independent lifestyle. Users can contribute information or search information including cost of living, internet speed and climate based on location. The company also provides services to help users set up in new cities.
SkiftTake: Remote work and widespread Wi-Fi have led to an obsession with location-independent lifestyles making it an opportune time to carve out a niche in the market.
>> Volo is a peer-to-peer parking service that connects a user looking for a parking spot and another leaving one. Users pay a small fee around $4 to reserve the spot, which is given to the driver that waits for them to arrive.
SkiftTake: Peer-to-peer services attempt to bridge the gap between have and have not’s in terms of space and time; however, coordination can prove difficult in a situation as dynamic as city parking.