2014 Travel Industry Innovators

December 9, 2014 Courtney Brady

Success in today’s travel services industry means leveraging innovative technology to bring value to travelers, providers and intermediaries alike.

PhocusWright Travel Innovation Summit 2014

Last month’s PhocusWright Travel Innovation Summit in Los Angeles brought together 1,500 travel industry leaders eager to learn about the latest technologies and solutions set to transform their industry. This year, hundreds of applicants applied to be on stage, but only a few dozen were chosen to present.

Travel Industry Solutions 2014

11 Travel Industry Solutions With Potential to Radically Change the Travel Industry

Of the 36 selected to present, these 11 rose to the top, taking home one or more awards for innovation:

Amadeus offers an automated and personalized “passenger first” approach to helping travelers deal with flight disruptions. Instead of waiting in line or making frantic phone calls, passengers simply tap their mobile device to select from multiple alternative travel options in real-time.

Bd4travel GmbH gives travel portals and booking sites the ability to track, interpret and predict customer behavior. Taking into account the travel website’s sales targets, the solution identifies who is likely to book, and then delivers personalized offers in real-time.

Distil Networks protects travel industry websites from malicious bots in real time. The solution knows which website visitors are human, which are good bots (like search engines and travel partners), and blocks bad bots (like site-scrapers, price-scrapers, and brute-force login attacks).

Mozio enables the pairing of travel itineraries with ground transportation services through a white-label solution, an XML API, or a widget. The company serves 1,200 airports with 800 partnerships, runs all support, and is localized into 8 languages and 14 currencies.

Nor1’s data-driven pricing and merchandising solution helps travel providers generate revenue throughout the lifecycle of a hotel guest’s trip – beginning at booking and continuing through the stay on property and after departure.

Options Away enables consumers to hold their flights for days or weeks while they finalize their plans. The company provides a revolutionary approach to travel planning – customers pay a small fee up front and buy peace of mind, knowing they will never pay more than the locked-in fare.

PassportCard International has turned travel insurance on its head, creating a unique loyalty scheme that offers real-time claims handling with a policy card that pays all expenses whenever and wherever it is needed.

TableGrabber provides automated disruptive pricing to restaurants for maximum revenue potential. Its patent -pending technology enables restaurants to automatically change their prices dynamically to optimize revenue potential.

TripScope‘s B2B agent website enables travel professionals to create, manage, and collaborate on customized digital itineraries. Those itineraries are then delivered directly to clients’ smartphones via the company’s B2C mobile app.

VacationFutures’ marketplace lets rental managers compete to purchase weeks “wholesale” from vacation homeowners. Homeowners receive a guaranteed price in a single transaction, and managers can easily acquire new inventory over which they have full management and pricing control.

WorldMate helps business travelers organize, manage and book their travel by using itineraries to build context to ensure smooth, efficient and enjoyable trips. The company analyzes itineraries to build rich profiles and anticipate potential conflicts, and provides tools to avoid or resolve conflicts.

Other participating companies were Above Property, BeMyGuest, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, BookingBoss, Boxever, BTCTrip, Bokun, FindMyCarrots, Epteca, Going Somewhere, Hall St, iTraveller.com, Kamino, Mobacar, Monetate, Mtrip, Shopnfly, Taptap, Tavisca, Tripbooka, TripHobo, TripScanner, Tripshow.com, and Utrip.


About the Author

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady is the Director of Marketing at Distil Networks. She comes to Distil Networks from a variety of start-up companies, routed in SaaS and DaaS solutions. Formerly the global communications manager at multiple companies, Courtney is responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy and branding campaign.

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