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How AI is transforming the traveler experience from start to finish

This is a viewpoint from Noreen Henry, CEO of Wayblazer. With today’s technology, consumers are able to interact with self-driving cars, real-time language translation services, and of course shop for products on Amazon using Alexa.

Airsorted looks to global expansion following £5 million investment

Airsorted, a hosting management specialist, has raised £5 million in Series A funding. Investors in the round for the London-based company include Pi labs and Atami Capital.

Opportunities for travel brands in shopper’s multi-tasking digital habits

A new report by Verto Analytics on the digital shopping habits of US consumers reveals opportunities for travel companies to shape the funnel around multi-tasking habits, to keep trip planning front of mind.

Airport shopping gets more convenient with mobile payments

AtYourGate and mobile ordering platform Golo have partnered to introduce a new airport shopping app that delivers shopping and food to passengers at their gates at San Diego International Airport (SAN).  AtYourGate was the first innovation to come out of SAN’s Innovation Lab which is tasked with creating new ideas to improve the passenger experience that can be implemented at the airport and beyond to other airports, malls, hotels and convention centers.

Klook builds management team, Traveltek adds to US team, and more…

This is a roundup of announcements related to people moves and business expansions in travel in March 2018.

Technology plays critical role in airlines’ year of ‘all-time highs’

“All-time best ever” was the catchphrase of the day in Airlines for America’s 2017 Review & Spring 2018 Air Travel Forecast teleconference.

A data dive into the power and positioning of Google Flights

This is a viewpoint from Gitit Greenberg, director of digital insights at SimilarWeb. When the biggest name in technology decided to create a targeted product for travel in 2011 it set off alarm bells across the industry.

Fairfly roadmap looks to leveraging data for corporate travel

Tel Aviv-based FairFly leverages airfare volatility to maximize savings on corporate travel. Founded in late 2014 and backed by the co-founder of crowd-sourced mapping platform Waze (now owned by Google), the startup can deliver savings of up to 4% on corporations’ annual air spend when comparing only identical flights.

ITB Berlin shines a light on blue chips and startups

ITB Berlin 2018, which took place last week, hosted 10,000 businesses from 186 countries and regions who showcased their products and services to more than 110,000 trade visitors.

Lyft ramps up in readiness for SXSW partnership

Lyft is the official rideshare partner of SXSW this year through a paid sponsorship the company also picked up in 2016, but the ride sharing company’s activities at SXSW are part of a larger strategy to be well rooted in their customers’ interests.

Tujia top brass sees Airbnb collaboration as beneficial

This is an article from TravelDaily China.It appears as part of the tnooz sponsored content initiative.

4 essential search marketing strategies to capture spring travel demand

This is a viewpoint from Christi Olson who heads up evangelism for Bing at Microsoft. If you’re a travel marketer, you’ve had a few weeks to recover from the holiday insanity, and you know that the next big peak in travel is hot on your heels: spring travel demand, driven by Spring Break travel.

Finding the best fares for business travelers

Sponsored by Sabre By 2020, spending on business travel is forecast to reach US$1.6 trillion worldwide, according to the GBTA.

Codegen on how the company is applying AI to new areas

This is the continuation of a series of articles spun out of tnoozLIVE@TTE, recorded live at the TTE event Olympia, London.

Routehappy’s rich content is incorporated into NDC Exchange

Updated March 14, 2018, with information about Air Canada Routehappy took a big step toward integration with its new owner, ATPCO, and toward moving the industry closer to the mainstreaming of NDC.

Startup pitch: Tripcents aims to make travel goals affordable

Tripcents plans to use gamification to get people traveling more places within their budget. Users share travel preferences to get itinerary recommendations and can then set goals to save up enough to pay for their trip.

Airbnb pounces with ads against OTA commissions and a survey showing dissatisfaction among smaller hoteliers

A new front has opened up in the battle for hotel bookings: OTAs vs Airbnb. After Airbnb announced its intentions to open up its platform to hotels, there were major implications for stakeholders across the travel and hospitality industries.

Travelers now prefer travel apps to web for search and booking

This is a viewpoint from David MacHale, digital marketing director, Travelport Digital. Travelers have gone all Shania Twain on us recently.

ANA funds $10 Million avatar quest at SXSW

All Nippon Airways would like humans to have working avatars right here on Earth. During SXSW in Austin, the Japanese airline has announced a four-year competition  – ANA Avatar XPRIZE – to aid development of technologies that might support a “multipurpose avatar system” that could offer aid to people through a remote operator.

Cool Cousin goes crypto: Another effort to integrate blockchain into travel

Ah, the blockchain. The travel startup ecosystem around this emerging technology continues to expand.