Flight and hotel search service Hipmunk is now offering direct bookings for hotels via both its website and mobile offerings.
GPS navigation provider TomTom can provide a quick solution by diverting customers around any congestion. Given the trove of data that the company has around the world’s congestion, TomTom has created the Congestion Index.
A new startup called Alive is taking a social angle on goal attainment that brings in a person’s network to provide moral support – and to layer a game element on the whole process by offering badges, points and, eventually, real-world rewards for achieving set goals.
Smartphones often don’t live up to their names for travelers spending a significant time in foreign countries – SIM chips are hard to change, roaming charges are expensive, and data fees are even more so. A new Kickstarter has emerged this weekend that attempts to solve this traveler’s dilemma: the SIMPLcase.
Tech accessorizer Incase has recently announced the EO Travel, a new line of luggage targeting the short-term, gadget-heavy traveler.
Today’s roundup of travel trade news briefs includes Frontier Airlines, Priceline, Foursquare, Digital Spring, Mr & Mrs Smith, Visit Finland, Navigate Media Group, Travel Supermarket, Sunshine, Booking.com, Go Pro Travelling, Drive.sg, Target Rooms, Waymate, Wego, Webjet, Onyx, RateGain, LocalUncle, mTrip, Babbel, and Interhome.
A new survey shows that Americans have a lot of vacation days to use up by the end of the year, providing a targeted marketing opportunity to savvy travel marketers across the world.
Travelzoo CEO Chris Loughlin blasted the competition in the daily deals space for unsustainable practices and acknowledged that the company’s Local Deals business is “hindered in the short term by industry dynamics.”