This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Travel Companies
Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices. They are unbiased and free, which means that the 60 million people who use us every month can trust their comprehensive range of flight, hotel and car hire options.
Their secret is in their unique proprietary technology that connects people directly to everything the travel industry has to offer. They also power travel search for over 1200 partners through their Skyscanner for Business products.
Their highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 70 million times. They’re global but local and their products are available in over 30 languages and 70 currencies.
Founded in 2003, they employ over 900 staff, with offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Miami, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia. Skyscanner is part of the Ctrip group.
Skyscanner is always free for travellers and they never charge travellers commission. They work with their airline and online travel agent partners in a number of ways: some partners agree to give Skyscanner a commission for every booking made through us or for every time travellers visit a partner’s website.
Other partners advertise on the Skyscanner website and app. They always make sure any adverts are labelled or separate from any search results so users know exactly what’s what..
Pollen specializes in the fields of events, travel, festivals, entertainment, experiences, membership, youth culture, and marketplace. The company partners with brands including Live Nation, C3 Presents, MGM Resorts, Universal Music Group, and more.
It also integrates with ticketing providers such as Ticketmaster, Eventbrite, Priceline, Stubhub, SeeTickets, Paylogic, and Front Gate Tickets.. .
Selina is a fast-growing hospitality brand built for today’s nomadic traveler to help them live, work, and explore anywhere in the world.
Citymapper is a transport app for cities. Citymapper uses the power of mobile and open transport data to help humans survive and master them.
Citymapper builds mobile apps and routing and develops (transport) data about cities, everywhere in the world where it can make a difference. Citymapper has a small dedicated team, with HQ in London, and some based around the cities of the world.
The team has backgrounds in transport, Google, startups, apps, design, investing and academia. Citymapper is a venture capital backed by Index Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Balderton Capital, Connect Ventures, and various angels.
Citymapper also provides stock options.. .
Founded by ex-hoteliers, Mews is a next-generation hospitality cloud for hotels, hostels, apartments and more. Mews gives hoteliers the power to provide a remarkable guest experience while improving the operations and performance of their property, thanks to smart automation and an innovative, user-friendly set of products and features.
Mews serves over 1,700 properties across more than 60 countries in all five continents, and works with a huge number of hospitality tech companies to provide hoteliers with an unbeatable platform – no other PMS offers as many integrations. At the 2020 HotelTechAwards, Mews was voted Best PMS by industry peers..
At Secret Escapes, they negotiate exclusive rates for luxury hand-picked hotels and holidays in the UK and abroad, at up to 60% off the price you’d pay by booking anywhere else. How have they done it? Well, even the most luxurious hotels out there don’t like having empty rooms…
For access to their members-only rates, all you have to do is sign up to Secret Escapes with your email address and nothing else. It doesn’t cost a penny, and never will.
In return, they will give you access to rates for hotels and holidays you’ll struggle to find anywhere else, and if you do they will match their price – that’s a guarantee.. .
Duffel provides an online platform that allows users to search, book, and manage flights from multiple airlines. It is dedicated to helping businesses of every size to provide flight booking experiences to their customers.
The platform allows users to search for flights with real-time pricing and availability, increase revenue with ancillaries like baggage and lounge access, manage customer refunds and cancellations, and integrate with its API or ready-to-go agent booking tool. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in London, England..
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform. Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions.
The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions.. .
Hola, hallo and bonjour! We are taptrip. We have a tech head and a travellers’ heart, and we are passionate about changing the way things are done around here.
But don’t worry, disruption never felt so easy, or looked so good. So välkommen! We’re excited you made it.
——- taptrip have a tech head and a travellers’ heart, and we’re using them both to power the world’s leading businesses and travel management companies to change the way things are done around here. That means more speed, more ease, more great data insights, convenience, and way less headache, offline bookings and time wasted.
We are more affordable than our competitors, which gives you access to new markets such as small medium-sized businesses. Our traveller booking compliance is almost double the industry average, which will delight your clients, and we have the sweetest award-wining interface in the business travel world.
– Finalist for Best Self-Booking Tool at the Business Travel Awards 2020. – Winner of the Disrupt Launchpad Award at the 2019 Business Travel Show.
– Named ‘One to Watch’ in the Buying Business Travel 2019 Hotlist. – Listed as one of the top 5 exciting startups in the travel management space for 2018 by the Guild of Travel Management (GTMC)..
Fly Now Pay Later
Fly Now Pay Later is a fintech company that helps consumers spread the cost of their travel over a flexible duration.
International Airlines Group (IAG)
International Airlines Group is one of the world’s largest airline groups. Transporting passengers and cargo generates revenue.
It has multiple subsidiaries and attempts to combine leading airlines in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Spain. It allows airlines to expand global presence and keep individual brands.
Staff reports operating segments in a manner consistent with resource-allocation decisions, and are listed as four subsidiaries: British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and Aer Lingus. Each segment is managed as individual operating companies.
Revenue is split between the United Kingdom (roughly one third), Spain, the United States, and the rest of the world.. .
Stasher services a major travel need connecting short-term visitors with a network of local hotels and shops who have space to securely store luggage. The Stasher platform allows its customers to book online.
The storage can be booked in advance or on the day. Stasher was founded on September 2015 and is headquartered in London, England..
Founded by serial entrepreneur Clive Jackson in 2011, Victor is a London, UK-based private jet charter marketplace. Membership is free and there are no upfront costs or hidden charges.
Victor brings unprecedented transparency to the industry by connecting fliers directly to aircraft operators. Victor quotes are unique – all-inclusive of a fixed margin and allowing members to compare flight options based on named operators, real floor plans and images of the actual aircraft (complete with specific tail number) before booking.
Victor has an industry-leading flight management team to support customers’ end-to-end travel requirements and offers trust and security through an HSBC Client Deposit account. Victor’s unique combination of smart technology (including app booking), transparency and exceptional customer service means that its members are always connected and in control.
Victor works closely with 190 trusted partner operators across the world, with access to over 7000 aircraft, meaning that members can charter jets to and from almost anywhere in the world. Victor only works with operators that can offer members the highest standards of safety, security and service.
The innovative, rapidly growing company has developed a strong luxury identity through strategic partnerships with the world’s leading luxury brands, including Belmond, Burgess Yachts and Etihad Airways. Victor’s ‘ultra high net worth individual’ members include everyone from prominent entrepreneurs and CEOs to high-profile celebrities and VIPs.
Victor has achieved three-year average sales growth of 142.93% per annum and was ranked number 15 in the 2015 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100.. .
The Plum Guide
The Plum Guide is taking a systematic and obsessive approach to testing every single home on the planet, and accepting only the top 1%. The Plum Guide do so by putting every home through The Plum Test: a gruelling hospitality exam, which uses a mix of algorithms and physical visits by hospitality experts.
The Plum Guide launched in January 2016 in London. Since then, The Plum Guide have grown 20% month on month, vetted over 80,000 homes and reached over £10m in annualised sales! The Plum Guide are backed by an all-star cast investor group including Local Globe (TransferWise, OneFineStay, Citymapper), Alex Chesterman (Founder of Zoopla), William Reeve (Founder of Love Film), Alex Saint and Troy Collins (Founders of Secret Escapes), Errol Damlin (Founder of Wonga) Jason Goodman (Founder of Albion) and many more..
Splyt is a B2B mobility marketplace that connects institutional supply and demand for ground-based transport. It makes mobility inventory available through its single API, without the users of its demand-side partners needing to download or register with additional suppliers.
The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in London, England.. .
onefinestay pioneers of handmade hospitality, for stays in the finest homes. They offer homeowners (their hosts) a way to earn additional income from guests while they’re away, handling everything from marketing to managing their home.
Their guests get a new way to experience a city. They seek out the finest homes, help them book, and meet them when they arrive.
Then they’re available 24/7 during their stay, so everyone has peace of mind. Founded in London in 2009, they’re a fast-growing business with offices in Paris, New York and LA.
They have an ambition – to bring their new category of accommodation to the world, creating a new era of hospitality. And they’re looking for people to help get us there.
People who understand what it takes to build a business from the ground up. Remind you of anyone? Apply within..
Velocity is the next generation luxury conversational commerce engine. We aggregate the demand of the premium consumer, and enable them to purchase products and services from vetted suppliers across multiple verticals.
Our proprietary, patent-pending software uses AI to assist human experts to help premium consumers do more and be more in the digital age.. .
Triptease is a travel SaaS company that empowers hotels to recapture guest relationships, increase direct bookings, and reduce their reliance on online travel agencies (OTAs). The drive for direct bookings is the single biggest priority of the hotel industry, with commissions paid to OTAs often 20% or more.
The Direct Booking Platform integrates with a hotel’s website and booking engine in order to optimize conversion, improve price transparency and strengthen the relationship between hotel and guest. Hoteliers can easily manage their price parity through the back end of the platform, whilst at the same time engaging with guests through tailored messaging, Price Check alerts and data-driven guest conversation features on their website.
Triptease tracks millions of consumer booking journeys across thousands of hotel websites, an unmatched data scale that is used to provide conversion optimisation and benchmarking information to each hotel they work with.. .
Founded in 2017, Travala.com has grown from a small start-up to the world’s leading blockchain-based travel booking platform trusted by thousands of customers worldwide as their preferred online travel agency. At Travala.com, we connect travellers with one of the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from hotels, apartments, villas and hostels to 5-star luxury resorts.
The Travala.com platform currently offers 2,200,000+ properties covering 90,124 destinations in 230 countries and territories, and with prices up to 40% cheaper than mainstream travel booking platforms. We have successfully created a frictionless travel booking experience that incorporates next generation blockchain technology and tokenised incentives.
By introducing cutting edge user experience and multiple cryptocurrency and traditional payment options alongside benefits tied to our proprietary cryptocurrency AVA, our customers know they are booking with a platform of the future with transparent pricing and backed up by our Best Price Guarantee.. .
May 2006, marked the beginning of an epic journey. Founded as a bedroom hobby, Connexin is now an international business with customers all over the world.
Going from startup to a larger business, they have stayed true to their values everyday. They owe a huge thanks to their customers who have believed and stuck with them for so long.
They hope that you will continue to be a part of our story.. .
Fornova empowers hotels to optimise revenue and distribution while reducing costs and improving forecasting. We are on a mission to turn data into intelligence and align the entire hotel organization (from revenue and distribution to sales, e-Commerce and operations) so they can make smarter decisions together.
Fornova is the only hospitality BI solution provider that has corporate agreements with the majority of the world’s top 10 largest hotel chains, as well as the biggest global OTAs, while also serving hundreds of smaller brands and independent hotels. Using our patented VisualScan technology, we monitor over 75 thousand websites and conduct more than 1.25 billion price comparisons every month.
Founded in 2010, we have grown our team to over 150 members, with offices in London, Amsterdam, New York, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine and India.. .
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways is a British airline serves over 30 fabulous destinations worldwide.
HouseTrip is one of Europe’s largest holiday rental websites, with over 300,000 properties to choose from in thousands of destinations worldwide. HouseTrip makes it easy for guests and homeowners to find, book and list holiday rental properties securely online.
Founded by husband and wife team Arnaud Bertrand and Junjun Chen, HouseTrip went live in January 2010 and has since seen over 6,000,000 nights booked. There are HouseTrip offices in the UK (London), Switzerland (Lausanne) and Portugal (Lisbon.) HouseTrip recently received $40 million in Series C funding led by Accel Partners with existing investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures..
The world’s first travel subscription company Billed as the ‘Netflix of Travel’ by the Telegraph and featured on CNBC as the ‘Future of Travel’, BeRightBack (BRB) is the World’s first travel subscription service that delivers 3 surprise trips per year to European destinations, with flights and hotel included, for a fixed monthly fee. BRB aims to remove all the hassle for millennial travellers by completely transforming their pre-travel experience.
No more spending hours trawling travel sites to find the perfect hotel and flights or being hit by price hikes just before booking. Creating a trip with BRB takes 60 seconds and their subscription model makes it easy for subscribers to save and budget for their travel..
Inspired by the luxury of first class travel and uncompromisingly designed around guests, YOTEL takes the essential elements of luxury hotels into smaller, smart spaces and deliver a sense of community with areas for co-working, social gatherings and exercise. Premium Cabins include YOTEL’s signature adjustable SmartBed™ with rejuvenating monsoon rain showers and a Technowall with adjustable mood lighting and smart TVs, multi power points and easy connectivity.
YOTEL currently operates four airport hotels under the YOTELAIR brand in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris, Charles de Gaulle airports; and three city hotels in New York, Boston and Singapore. YOTEL is expanding rapidly with new hotels under development globally, including a YOTELAIR in Singapore Changi Airport and new city hotels in San Francisco, London Clerkenwell, Dubai, Edinburgh, Miami and Amsterdam..
AirPortr is a London-based technology company that works closely with the airline industry to develop and deliver innovative services that help passengers and their luggage travel to and through airports more freely. Our vision is to make global air travel simpler and easier.
In late 2016, the company launched a world first airline integrated home bag check-in and delivery service with British Airways. The digital service moved the bag drop desk online and has done away with traditional check-in at the airport.
Having booked via a partner airline channel, it allows air passengers to check-in their bags with a vetted delivery driver, powered by AirPortr’s technology. Leaving passengers free to travel to, and through, the airport at their leisure – only needing to collect their bags from baggage reclaim when they land.
The product delivers operating benefits to airlines and airports, introducing baggage to the system early, reducing queues at peak times, and enabling bags to bypass expensive to operate landside terminal areas. AirPortr is starting to be recognised as a positive disrupter to traditional thinking and design of airports – with the potential to improve capacity at scale with its distributed network of baggage input points.
The service has been identified as being totally aligned to IATA and ACI’s NEXTT strategy and vision for the future of air travel. AirPortr now works with 7 leading airline brands including Virgin Atlantic and easyJet, across 3 large UK airports – and is growing rapidly, with more airlines and airports in the pipeline for 2019..
Car fiend Graeme worked long hours in the City and knew his car cost him money just to sit on his drive, doing nothing. Not so much an asset, more of a liability.
With the help of e-commerce expert Rob, the pair realised that a car-sharing app (an ‘AirBnB for cars’) might offer a smarter, more environmentally friendly way for people in Britain to hire the 10 million cars rented here every year. The pair began work in August 2014, and it soon became clear that the obstacle to unlocking the value in people’s cars was simple: the keys, and the time it took to hand them over.
The team worked on an app-controlled box which allowed users to unlock cars direct from the app. The QuickStart® box was born.
Rob and Graeme hired their first employee in 2016, and have watched hiyacar evolve into a friendly, living community, and a company of 16 people. hiyacar still puts people first – and unlike others they were born and bred in Britain.
Each hiyacar shared could take the equivalent of 11 vehicles off the road. People are getting to know their neighbours, too.
Hiya Owners add personal touches, such as putting ribbons on a car for a wedding. It’s a new way to drive, and something they are very proud of..
Skyports is an urban air mobility infrastructure provider and drone delivery operator for aviation and managing end to end drone deliveries. The company secures, designs, builds, owns and operates passenger and cargo vertiports enabling safe and efficient flight operations within urban and suburban environments.
It also develops, implements, and operates end-to-end drone deliveries overcoming inefficiencies associated with traditional transportation methods. Skysports intends to use the funds to continue its ambitious program of site acquisition for passenger and cargo vertiports in cities around the world, including Singapore and Los Angeles.
The company works with vehicle manufacturers and operators, city authorities, regulators and real estate partners to build landing infrastructure are suitable and convenient locations across cities, thereby creating resilient infrastructure networks that enable safe and efficient operations of passenger and cargo drones. Skysports was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in London, England, UK..
Hotelmize is a platform designed to improve the pricing and booking process of hotel rooms using big data analysis.
OneTwoTrip.com is a new and innovative travel booking web site with a patented method of ticketing that saves the travel booker money and time. Launched in 2011, the web site already has millions of users globally, and presently has a team of just under 100 employees based in Europe, the USA and Russia.
The OneTwoTrip team believes that there is a lot more to be done to help travelers across the world to travel smarter, easier and faster. The best flight booking experience is just the start.
The site is currently available in English, German, Spanish, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Russian and Ukrainian.. .
Love Holidays is an online travel agency that enables its users to book holiday packages. Their passion is tp travel and inspiring you to travel.
The agency mission is to create the ultimate online travel experience, just for you. They value building trusted relationships with their customers, which is why they work hard to maintain a connection with you long past the day you return from your holiday.
Love Holidays was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in, London, England, UK.. .
Pluto was started by travel lovers, for travel lovers. We believe life’s too short for mediocre travel.
You know the type. Tourist traps, soulless resorts, chain restaurants.
It’s not our jam. And if it’s not yours either, you’re in the right place.
So as a team of design enthusiasts, product people and techies, we decided to do something about it. We create tools to help travel lovers make the most of every trip.
Over time, we want to provide a suite of tools that support you through every step of your journey. Right now, we’re focused on three areas: – Making planning for a trip rewarding and hassle-free.
– Helping you discover tried and tested recommendations from like-minded travellers. – Providing top-notch protection so you have the peace of mind that you’re covered when things don’t go to plan.
golfscape was founded in 2013 with a vision to revolutionize the golf industry with technology for the modern golfer. Today, golfscape is the industry leader providing its reservations and operations services in over 30 golf destinations across Europe, Africa, Near East, and Asia-Pacific.
golfscape’s OS platform delivers course operators next-generation tee sheets, member and visitor mobile apps, as well as revenue generating technologies and services. The golfscape team is dedicated to developing intelligent systems that empower the golf industry with tomorrow’s technology..
Upgrade Pack is a new type of loyalty platform for the most valued customers and employees of some of the biggest and most innovative companies in the world. They looked at what existed in customer loyalty and employee benefits and decided there must be a better way.
London based, they work with clients and partners globally.. .
Abellio operates public transport services in Europe, with both bus and rail networks. It was founded as NedRailways in 2001, before being renamed Abellio in October 2009.
It is the international arm of the Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Abellio bought Probo Bus and ran its network in the Czech Republic in 2009.
It consisted of regional bus transport in the Beroun District and surroundings and some long-distance bus lines between Prague and South and West Bohemia.. .
VizEat is a European startup that operates a “social dining platform. VizEat’s early signs of success is that the startup is playing nice and partnering with the travel industry, including marketing the service to business travellers not just tourists.
This helps to counterbalance the seasonality of tourism, ensuring that hosts can continue inviting guests to their dinner table throughout the entire year.. .
Tab is a Booking and payment platform for travellers abroad – cheaper and safer for travellers & tourist businesses.
SilverRail is an information technology company that specializes in the fields of passenger rail ticketing, travel distribution technology, and global rail access. SilverRail’s technology is purpose built for rail.
Our product suite spans the full customer experience. It was founded in 2009 and headquartered in London, England..
Snap is a new “on-demand” coach service. Just tell us where you want to go from, and go to, and when.
they match you up with others, in your area, who want to make a similar trip and as soon as there’s enough demand, match you with a local, top quality coach operator- Snap!. .
Much Better Adventures
Much Better Adventures helps people organize their skiing, cycling, or road biking holiday directly with specialist independent operators.
Pixie is a community marketplace for people to discover, pay and earn loyalty across independent businesses. The company is reimagining how people, whether at home or whilst traveling, explore and connect with independent businesses in communities across the world.
The marketplace is the easiest way for independent businesses owners to showcase their distinctive and unique places to a growing community of citizens looking to connect with them. The platform also provides independent businesses with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business, with increasing tools to help manage and grow their business..
The TravelTime platform locates, ranks & sorts points of interest by travel time, not distance. Consumer-facing websites or apps can access the platform via an API, then their users can find the geographic content they want, using the travel time and transport mode of their choice.
For example, an estate agent’s site can ‘show suitable houses within 45 minutes commute by public transport, to arrive by 09.00’ and a restaurant site could ‘show restaurants within a 20 minute walk of my hotel’. TravelTime typically doubles the number of relevant results, when compared to a ‘within X miles’ distance-based search.
iGeolise was formed in 2009 when Charlie had the idea that it was more useful to find content on the web by the time it takes to travel there, rather than by distance. Since then, Charlie and our team of smart developers have built the TravelTime platform that ‘turns distance into time’..
Porter is a personalised travel companion that recommends your best matched hotels. We save our members from the time and stress that comes with booking hotels.
Now they can rediscover the joy in travelling!. .
Daytrip is a platform for traveling with local drivers. It allows independent travelers to get the most out of their vacation by connecting them to local drivers, who drive them from one city to another with their own cars, discovering local sights and culture on the way.
It gives travelers an opportunity to see otherwise unreachable countryside sights, meet real locals and get to know local history, culture and current affairs first-hand. Daytrip is an entirely new approach to traveling, combining the comfort of package holidays with the flexibility of independent planning and authenticity of backpacking..
The Thinking Traveller
The Thinking Traveller is a multiple award-winning villa rental company specialising in luxury villas.
Local Knowledge, Better Holidays – We connect our customers with trusted, handpicked, in-country travel experts worldwide, who know the destination better than anymore. Providing the benefits of human expertise and the convenience of online booking, with full financial protection (ATOL and ABTA).
We have taken bookings from clients in over 40 origin countries and to date offer 50+ destinations.. .
easyGuide enables locals and tourists alike to discover and book tickets to exciting activities and experiences in your favourite cities.
World’s No1 ‘search & book’ platform for halal-conscious travelers. UK HQ-ed with 50 staff.
Customers from 105 countries worldwide.. .
Founded in April 2014 and based in London, Snaptrip is a trusted marketplace for people to discover the best last minute cottage holiday deals in the UK. Snaptrip offers last minute discounts of up to 50% on cottage holidays right across the UK.
They appreciate how hard it can be to find the right holiday at the right price so they are committed to offering the best range of properties at the best guaranteed price. Their aim is to make finding the right cottage at the best price as easy for you as possible.
They offer their customers the biggest and best collection of professionally managed properties with compelling last minute discounts. From spontaneous coastal holidays with a loved one to exceptional half term family deals, big group getaways, Christmas cottages and much more – they are experts at providing you with your last minute self catered staycation break..
minicabit is the smart marketplace to connect consumers & businesses with all types of cab service providers of today and those in the mobility future, from zero emissions vehicles to robotaxis. We are now the UK’s largest cab comparison website, enabling you to compare quotes from currently over 800 Cab Operators in over 550 towns & cities, to book on our website, app or partner channels such as Expedia, Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and other major brands.
Our tech enables cab fleets to optimise their price, reach and quality, unlocking trips that wouldn’t otherwise have been taken.. .
The Oomph is a portable coffee maker and travel cup available in various colors. Users can pour in coffee grounds and hot water into the inner chamber, then attach the outer shell and plunge it down in order to brew the coffee under pressure, pushing it through the Smart Flow Turbine.
They can then add milk and sugar as desired, and either pour it into a mug or drink it straight from the Oomph. The Oomph is capable of making and holding up to 13 fl.
oz (384 ml) of coffee, which it brews in 30 seconds.. .
WAYN (Where Are You Now?) is a travel & lifestyle based social network with over 20.4 million members worldwide. WAYN aims to help its members fulfill their dreams by meeting like-minded people to do cool stuff with and by sharing their intentions and experiences with others.
WAYN also allows users to keep tabs on the friends they’ve met around the world, and meet new ones as well based on things they have in common. The idea for the site was hatched after founders Jerome Touze and Peter Ward returned from a backpacking tour across the world and wanted an easy way to keep in touch with the friends they’d met across the globe.
WAYN competes with other travel-focused social networks and services like [TripUp](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tripup), [HereOrThere](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hereorthere), and [TravelMuse](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/travelmuse). The WAYN Founders have also launched a new dating site under the WAYN umbrella.
WAYN Dating helps people find their match based on doing what they love.. .
Travel Curious Ltd.
Creators and operators of highly engaging, immersive cultural tours and activities everywhere
NextRetreat is streamlining the process of organising team travel. Find the right destination, book the perfect venue and get your dedicated Retreat Specialists to help with everything else.
Intuitively designed for team travel organisers, NextRetreat offers easy booking all in one place and expert human-centred customer support. No hidden fees, contracts, or special software..
ZuBlu is a travel platform redefining the USD4.5bn scuba diving travel industry in Asia and beyond. We enable our guests to discover, compare, and book their ideal experiences from over 200 carefully-selected eco-friendly resorts and operators – a tech solution long required by this fragmented yet lucrative sector of the travel industry.
At ZuBlu, we make it our job to seek out inspirational resorts and exciting destinations and share these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. ZuBlu’s unique search platform puts the power of discovery in your hands – with that perfect resort or liveaboard experience just a click of a button away.
And with their team of knowledgeable travel experts on hand to help you with your booking, you can be sure that planning a dive holiday has never been easier.. .
Splento provides professional photography and videography around the world. No binding contracts, no minimum spends.
On-demand. Booking online or via API/CRM.
Delivery the same day. Amongst thousands of happy customers (http://splento.com/reviews), we have event organisers, venue marketplaces, holiday rental and food delivery startups that need thousands of sessions on a regular basis, fast and to an exacting standard..
British Airways is the UK’s largest international airline and one of the world’s leading global premium carriers. Its principal place of business is London, the world’s largest premium travel market, with significant presence at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.
British Airways’ main home at Heathrow is Terminal 5, which has been voted the world’s Best Airport Terminal by airline travellers across the globe in the latest SkyTrax survey. Operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks, together with its joint business agreement, codeshare and franchise partners, flies to more than 70 different countries.
British Airways carries almost 40 million customers a year and has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft. British Airways is a founding member of oneworld, the alliance of airlines around the globe, which together serves some 1,000 destinations across the globe..
AVUXI has ranked the popularity of every location on Earth to provide Location Context for Travel, Real Estate and Retail. Its pioneering GeoPopularity Engine and TopPlace™ product suite offer detailed Worldwide coverage, offering the quickest answer to where are the top places in any city.
TopPlace™ products increase revenues and reduce time consuming location context data review, processing and research.. .
Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of prominent luxury hotels and resorts across Europe. The company is based in London and is owned by Sir Rocco Forte, son of the late hotel magnate Charles Forte.
At present, properties in the Rocco Forte portfolio include: Brown’s Hotel in London Hotel Amigo in Brussels Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg Hotel de Rome in Berlin Hotel de Russie in Rome Hotel Savoy in Florence The Lowry Hotel in Manchester The Balmoral in Edinburgh The Charles Hotel in Munich Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt All hotels are members of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The company also has plans to expand into North Africa and The Middle East, with properties in Jeddah, Cairo, Luxor and Marrakech on the horizon.. .
BookingLive provides powerful scheduling, reservation and purchasing experiences that create profitable customer relationships. BookingLive is the leading platform trusted by government departments, retailers, NHS trusts and large multinational organizations to manage their most important customer engagement journeys.
These journeys are data-driven, secure, and fully integrated with internal systems and software. BookingLive have worked with organizations like SKY, BBC, CAPITA, and the UK Government processing millions of bookings every single year..
ACHICA is the members-only luxury lifestyle store. ACHICA offers its members up to 70% off luxury home, kitchen, garden childrenâ€™s, gift, travel and lifestyle brands â€“ all year round.
There are new brands every day, each lasting 48 hours and itâ€™s free to join. ACHICA uses the private sale model, which means only its members can access its products and it is closed to search engines and price comparison sites, which in turn protects the brands it promotes.
ACHICA is co-founded by online retail experts Quentin Griffiths, formerly one of the co-founders of ASOS and William Cooper former CEO of TradeDoubler, Europeâ€™s largest digital marketing company. Both partners have jointly invested in several online retail ventures since 2000 before launching their first co-owned online retail experience, ACHICA, in February 2010..
AltoVita is an end-to-end solution for modern travellers. We offer high-quality accommodation and lifestyle services.
Our AltoReps help guests design their stay to maintain their lifestyle when abroad. Our personalised services, include airport transfers, access to gyms, professional babysitting, grocery shopping and much more..
Festicket is a marketplace to discover and book music festival tickets, accommodation, transfers and extras.
Battersea Power Station
The iconic Grade II* listed building and surrounding area is being brought back to life as one of the most exciting and innovative mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world – a place for locals, tourists and residents to enjoy a unique blend of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural spaces. A legendary landmark that’s a symbol of hope and positivity.
Uniting people from far away and just around the corner to create a new community that’s already thriving. This is a place to work, live, shop, eat and enjoy.
Here life doesn’t feel ordinary, it feels extraordinary.. .
Inn Style Ltd
Inn Style is an intelligent, easy-to-use property management system for hotels, inns, B&Bs and self-catering properties.
Road.Travel trip planning, booking and experiences platform, combining the simplicity of vacation packages and the flexibility of self-organized trips, aiming to revolutionize road trips for the era of connected and autonomous vehicles, awarded by Ford, Porsche, Volkswagen, providing white-label solutions for travel corporates. The mass adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles will drastically change the landscape of leisure and business travels, but it won’t happen without big steps in evolution of digital ecosystems, connecting customers to retailers and service providers, combining the latest achievements in modern technology and creating an infrastructure for the autonomous travels of the future, which is the vision behind Road.Travel.
Accelerator programs: – Plug and Play for Travel & Hospitality 2017 (Sunnyvale, California, USA) – Madeira Startup Retreat 2018 (Portugal) – The Journey Lisbon 2018 (Portugal) – K-Startup Grand Challenge 2018 (Seoul, South Korea) – Startup Sesame 2019 (international) – Startup Runway by Plug and Play ADGM and Etihad (Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Next Floor TACC (Salzburg, Austria). .
Troubadour Goods is a menswear fashion brand.Troubadour Goods is a London-based modern menswear brand specializing in designing and creating superior handcrafted leather goods. The Troubadour name pays homage to the stories surrounding the artisans who create our products, as well as the stories our products will witness in your life travels.
It takes its roots from the traveling minstrels – storytellers – of days gone by.. .
Intelligence Fusion is a secure online intelligence, security and risk fusion platform covering land, sea and air.
incrediblue introduces the new smart way to experience boating. By offering high-quality vacation packages, we deliver a fun, worry-free experience to travellers who have grown bored of hotels and help trustworthy boat owners grow their business.
Featuring a wide range of boats in several sailing destinations around the world, incrediblue brings you one step closer to nature at fair prices. incrediblue’s mission is to establish boating as the top vacation choice for all travellers..
Chic Retreats is a luxury travel marketplace using the latest in digital technology and marketing to connect a handpicked collection of independent boutique hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and villas with affluent travellers around the world. True to any market place we take a holistic view of both the supply-side and the demand-side.
On the supply-side, these smaller properties (the long tail of travel) are typically owner-managed, under resourced and lack both technology and experience in running an online business. Chic Retreats provides them with all the technology they require to compete online, coupled with a strong brand, excellent PR support, access to high value customers and integration into other online travel traffic sources.
On the demand-side we work to ensure that the visitors to Chic Retreats trust the brand by employing highest acceptance criteria that make “Chic Retreats” synonymous with a vetted and guaranteed enjoyable stay. We strive to ensure the best user experience..
Traveltek have been the industry leaders in providing cutting edge technology to the travel industry
We’ll carefully match you with an exciting trip to an interesting destination based on your travel personality. You’ll find out where you’re going at the airport.
All we need to make that happen? One 15-minute form.. .
Icelolly Marketing is a holiday price comparison site that allows users to search and compare holiday deals.
PrivateFly is a global booking platform for private jet charter, making it faster, easier and more cost-effective to compare and book private jets. With over 7000 aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with an expert Flight Team, available 24/7.
In April 2016, PrivateFly became an Argus Certified Broker, only the second company in Europe to receive this award of best practice and safety in private jet charter. It was also listed as one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies, in both The Sunday Times Export Track 100 and Tech Track 100 league tables..
Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Bethesda in March 2013.
Big Data for Humans
Big Data for Humans provides a data science-as-a-service platform for customer marketing in retail and travel sectors.
Nightset is a nightlife marketplace that connects people, venues, and brands on one platform globally.
Ubio enable direct bookings and other transactional processes for metasearch. Ubiodo this with their Automation Cloud technology which can interact securely with any supplier website.
They provide a simple API for booking any travel product on a supplier website. In the current metasearch model customers are passed off to the supplier to complete a booking.
This means customers often drop off – a particular problem on mobile. And as metasearch you can’t integrate an expensive distribution system as that would defeat your price advantage.
Their automation technology allows you to control the end-to-end customer experience. Your customers remain on your site or app for the full transaction.
You build an experience for booking as smart as you already do for search – even on mobile. This keeps customers on your site, increasing your brand equity, customer loyalty and significantly enhances the overall user experience.
And of course, that adds up to much better conversion. They know direct booking is the future of metasearch, and they can provide the means for you to achieve it today..
thesqua.re is a global travel community. The company provides service apartments for short and long term accommodations.
It offers an online platform that enables its users to manage their bookings and finances online. They provide a variety of benefits and exclusive services for their residents and members.
The company was founded by Sid Narang and is headquartered in London, England.. .
Accomable is an online marketplace for accessible properties and travel services to help people with mobility difficulties. Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley, the co-founders, met as children through a support group for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), something they both have in common.
Through work with tourist boards in the UK and abroad, and with an adventurous nature, Martyn and Srin have travelled all over the world and experienced some bumps along the road. This is where the idea for Accomable developed.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier if all accessible properties were listed in one place, with detailed access information about the property, the locality and services available? So here it is, Accomable!. .
Creativity Software provides location-based services (LBS) for mobile units. It offers LBS applications for mobile and Internet technologies, which include TransportWise, a vehicle tracking and fleet management platform for service providers and mobile operators to offer software as a service for their enterprise, and small and medium-sized enterprises customers; FamilyWise, a family finder solution that tracks the mobile phones of the people it locates using the infrastructure of the mobile operator and enables users to locate friends or family members; and TravelWise, a travel content mobilization platform that delivers city guide information to customers, and allows users to search the rough guides content database and get information on travel spots in Europe.
The company also provides WorkforceWise, a lone worker protection and field staff management solution that enables companies to know where their employees are or where they have been, as a protection enhancement system for lone workers or keeping track of their business travel; BuddyWise, a friend finder and social networking solution, which allows end user customers to share their location with friends, find where their friends are and/or get alerts when friends are nearby; and AdvertWise, a location-based mobile advertising solution for mobile operators offering a hosted mobile marketing service to enterprise customers. In addition, it offers LBS development, application hosting and management, technology transfer, and consultancy services.
The company serves mobile network operators, service providers, enterprises, and mobile device manufacturers. Creativity Software Ltd.
was founded in 2001 and is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, the United Kingdom.. .
Minicabster Limited (in administration)
Now in 2016, Minicabster Limited is in administration. Minicabster (formerly known as Anycabs) began life in 2011, and has since been helping thousands of people get from A to B around the UK.
Since its launch, Minicabster has given a new lease of life to the minicab industry – bringing it online and into the 21st century. If you need a minicab, simply enter your journey details into our website or free app for iPhone or Android.
Instead of only getting a quote from one company, Minicabster gathers quotes from several minicab operators in your area.. .
Luxtripper is a luxury travel company that operates an online travel booking site which matches users with suitable holiday destinations.
UnderTheDoormat is a premium homestay service for homeowners and guests in the high growth homestay sector. Delivering a more professional, high-quality service than P2P platforms, the company is merging two markets – homestays and hotels – to create a new one: The Branded Home Accommodation sector.
By offering a superior hospitality service in homes, UnderTheDoormat can reach homeowners and guests who would otherwise sit out the homestay revolution and by mastering the logistics of hotel-quality service across a distributed portfolio, the company can lead the market it is helping to create.. .
Esplorio uses social data and our iOS app to create a digital travel journal that you can use to re-live and share your adventures.
SpeediFly is the world`s first social travel platform for ultra spontaneous travellers, providing end-to-end booking based on user interests, and last minute flight and accommodation availability. Recent surveys indicate that 66% of UK Millennials are spontaneous enough to book a flight departing within 72 hours and 83% of the same group are willing to change their schedule if they find a flight to a cool destination under £50.
SpeediFly exploits this emerging trend for impulsive decision-making to turn itself into the ultimate catalyst for spontaneous travel for Millennials. The current problem on the market is that booking travel is an impersonal and price-centric lonely process.
None of the old-fashioned travel platforms make proper use of data analytics for recommendation purposes. All you see on such platforms is “cheap”, “low-cost”, “discounted”, “limited-time” deals – it is all about the price and nothing about the experience itself.
In addition, travel platforms are not social, making it hard for young people to organize group trips as they are now used to doing with Uber or Airbnb. SpeediFly is a direct response to this problem.
By asking users about their interests and leveraging data from social media, SpeediFly makes people-centric and personalized last-minute travel recommendations to individuals and groups of people. SpeediFly lets users invite their Facebook friends, build in-app travel communities, invite others to specific trips, start group bookings and split fares at the end, just like on Uber.
By tracking users’ in-app activities, our system is capable of predicting what they are likely to book. This allows SpeediFly to make customized recommendations based on user behavior instead of simply trying to sell the cheapest available flights..
Key Travel is a travel management company that offers its services to NGO, academic, and faith sectors.
Staykeepers is a prop-tech company aimed specifically at BTR owner-operators. Its online platform offers a fully compliant and controlled short-let service that is simple for tenants, building owners and BTR operators to use.
The service generates passive income for both long-term tenants and building owners by offering short lets either while the tenant is away or the unit is vacant. The Staykeepers’ brand has naturally evolved from Winwinnkeeper based on the identified market needs..
Send My Bag
Send My Bag helps you travel with what you want at a price which makes sense. Skip bag-drop, no more baggage carousel waits and never pay excess baggage again.
From foreign exchange students and ex pats, to family vacations Send My Bag can save you money, time and hassle. Airlines are faced with growing direct costs and restricted growth.
Baggage touches both pain points; representing a direct cost in terms of fuel, landing duties and handling costs & an indirect cost as a barrier to turning around more planes within the limited daily slots. To combat the cost of handling baggage, airlines are seeking to reduce the amount checked whilst charging significantly more for that which is.
The CEO of Europe’s largest low cost airline has stated he will “price luggage out of the hold”. Baggage however is not only a problem for European low cost airlines; in the last decade the revenue achieved from baggage fees in the USA has grown from $400M to $4B.
One journalist described the modern traveller as being fleeced like sheep and herded like cattle, checked baggage fees are growing, hand luggage only flights are coming and baggage allowances are falling; despite this over 1.5 billion flights will be taken in 2014. Send My Bag is not a “luggage concierge” service for the wealthy; they endeavour to be a mass market solution which will disrupt the airline industry by revolutionising the courier industry..
Travel Chapter specialises in providing quality accommodation all across the travel sector. The Travel Chapter Group is a technology driven travel business that is supported by a team of industry experts.
Their headquarters are in Devon in the UK and our leading brand holidaycottages.co.uk specialises in holidays across England, Scotland, and Wales. Their goal is to continue growing The Travel Chapter Group, creating more exciting brands and continuing to offer the best service for their customers..
Family Traveller is a multi-platform brand operating across familytraveller.com, social media and email.
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