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This week’s collection of startups target business travelers with tools that make booking transportation, planning meetings, and keeping track of expenses an easier and more accurate process.
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>> TripScanner is a business travel management tool that allows employees to book on whichever platform they’d like while increasing transparency for travel managers. The service also searches daily for a better booking price and send alerts when travel is booked outside of corporate policy.
SkiftTake: Tools that bridge the gap between employees’ booking habits and corporate business policies are becoming increasingly popular as employers recognize the need for greater travel flexibility.
>> HustleBox is a wireless device that tracks business travelers’ car trips for easier mileage summaries and reimbursement requests. Users can tag trips to clarify what they were taken for, download summarizing spreadsheets, and choose whether the device contacts them via emails or text.
SkiftTake: This is a smart tool that expedites a tedious aspect of business travel and takes it one step further by making communication between the device and users as natural as possible.
>> XTourmaker designs mobile apps that include concierges, city guides, GPS-guided tours, and information for hospitality business and tourism organizations. Businesses design the app to improve their guests’ experience as well as upsell service, gain customer analytics, and offer mobile booking.
SkiftTake: Travelers’ widespread mobile adoption mandates that businesses develop mobile resources in order to find new customers and engage current ones where they already are spending time.
>> Book2Meet is an online booking platform for more than 25,000 meeting spaces across 15 countries. Users can search the venue options based on meeting duration, location, budget and the site’s team completes the reservation.
SkiftTake: As travelers become accustomed to quick search and booking capabilities, previously offline processes are coming online. The meeting industry is one that’s been slower than other aspects of travel.
>> CorkSharing is a search and booking platform for wine tasting events and tours. Users can search wine tastings by location and price and book in advance. Wineries can attract new clients, manage reservations, and track transactions.
SkiftTake: Again, this startup is taking the search-and-book expectations of consumers and applying it to a new industry — in this case, wine tastings.