There has been plenty of coverage in recent months about the development and fate of person-to-person online marketplaces in the travel industry – not all of it particularly positive.
Building a travel startup is hard. Building a travel business is easier, but Tnooz TLabs is about startups with ambition to scale, not about creating companies that can provide an income for a team of people, but have no wider grand ambition.
Last week the industry and mainstream media in Europe were talking a lot about Thomas Cook. Why? Because new(ish) CEO Harriet Green has a plan to turn around the company.
One of the larger challenges running a complex, supplier-facing business within the tours and activities sector is the competitors (all startups) that are failing.
There has been plenty of digital inches written recently about the Series A crunch. Is it real? I don’t know.
To let you spend more time schmoozing (or sleeping), here is a wry take on what is often discussed in travel industry panel debates.
Tnooz recently featured two somewhat academic articles about the economics of peer-to-peer travel marketplaces (Article #1, Article #2).
For many people travel is all about realising dreams, a brief respite from the daily grind of life and the chance to get inspired by places that they visit.
Inspiration. An over used-word around these parts. But inspiration remains one of the final remaining challenges in online travel.
Being called a bunch of pirates in an industry isn’t as bad an insult as it sounds – especially in the context of being seen as potential disruptive forces in the travel sector.