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The travel startup landscape is more dynamic than ever. Not every company will succeed, but travel leaders need to know where these new entrants see cracks in the incumbent armor. Subscribe to Skift Research to learn more.

Skift Research is publishing a new Analyst Session, available to subscribers only as an accompaniment to our recent Research Report, Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel 2018. Investors directed a record amount of venture capital into travel startups last year, and some of these new companies represent fresh perspectives and products that industry leaders can learn from.

Preview Session

First, the good news – travel remains a dynamic industry with growth driven by emerging technologies, expansion outside of core geographies, and traction in new verticals. But this also means that startup founders and their venture capital backers see a field full of market opportunities, some of which could come at the expense of established incumbents. During the call, we discuss where these new entrants see potential for growth, how to execute on it, and potentially, how to stay one step ahead.

We also discuss how, despite the attention, plenty of obstacles for would-be founders exist. For instance, our research shows that cutting-edge companies often face challenges both in commercializing their tech and in convincing, at times, a skeptical audience. It’s essential that startup founders in these emerging technology fields, like blockchain, ensure their products have real value, and are not just buzzwords.

In addition to exploring these topics more fully, the analyst session will cover trends in corporate partnerships and early-stage funding, a look at travel startup unicorns, the evolving business environment in international markets, and growth in verticals, such as tours and activities.

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This is the latest in a series of research reports, analyst calls, and data sheets aimed at analyzing the fault lines of disruption in travel. These reports are intended for the busy travel industry decision-maker. Tap into the opinions and insights of our seasoned network of staffers and contributors. Over 200 hours of research, data collection, and/or analysis goes into each report.

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