Business travel management and data platform TravelPerk

TravelPerk, a business travel booking and management platform that gives companies data and insights into their spending, has raised $160 million in …

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TripActions raises $155 million to help …

Future of work. As with many businesses operating in the travel realm, 2020 was a tumultuous year for TripActions. As the world entered lockdown last March, the company laid off hundreds of staff

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The future of virtual deal-making and the return to work

Travel has been replaced by videoconferencing. Paper has been replaced by bits and bytes. While the tech industry is starting to return to normal, how much the …

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Google debuts airfare insights and travel recommendations

Summer is the season to travel to far-flung destinations, if the wisdom of the crowd is anything to go by. The U.S. Department of Transportation …

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Esports as a tourism generator

Esports fans will travel longer distances to attend tournaments and events, especially when it comes to globetrotting blockbuster title events like …

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Big Time Studios is raising $21M to bring NFTs to game

Above: Big Time Studios is making a sci-fi time travel game. Image Credit: Big Time Studios Players will be able to earn or find high-value items in …

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How travel chatbots work better than travel apps VentureBeat

My travel season is coming up soon. I always attend CES in Las Vegas (let me know if you want to chat in person), the SxSW conference in Austin, and a few extra trips here and there. As I …

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TripActions Raises $51 Million Series B to Reinvent

Travel solutions platform TripActions reinventing corporate travel by giving business travelers more choices, better support when on the road and incentives to book cost-effectively

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Grand Theft Auto Online: 26 tips and …

Why travel by road when you can go and grab a helicopter? While the airport is more secure than in the single player game, you can still get in if …

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UPS will now use dynamic routing to get parcels to you on

Figuring out the optimum route that each driver should travel to expedite deliveries (and reduce costs) is a challenge given the sheer number of combinations available. It’s generally accepted

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UpLift Brings Installment Payments to Travel With Leading

Press Release UpLift, Inc., an innovative start-up that brings digital marketing, travel and fintech expertise to major travel brands, today announced strategic partnerships with leading travel

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6 technology trends that are changing how we travel

Travel industry companies are beginning to take advantage of the growing consumer comfort and familiarity with digital voice assistants. Examples of voice technology in travel…

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Alcove for Oculus Quest entertains pandemic-bound seniors

The idea is to help people stay connected and enjoy new experiences, regardless of their travel budget, time, age, or mobility constraints. Alcove offers health and wellness activities, photo

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3 ways the travel industry stands to benefit from the AR

The travel industry will benefit from the AR Cloud in a few specific ways:airport and transport navigation, training and communication for staff, and personalized tours.

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Booking.com launches a chat tool to connect hotels and

Booking.com’s messaging service is a part of this trend, and is sure to be one of the most ambitious attempts in the travel vertical. Booking.com is owned by Priceline Group, the largest travel

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Honda Dream Drive -- hands-on with the prototype system

Connected Travel preloads some data ahead of time, but the mapping data has to come in via real-time connections. Once 5G wireless broadband arrives, the connectivity for cars should get a …

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Travel and automotive industries are keeping native ad

While the automotive industry kept its top spot, travel has landed the No. 2 position, mostly due to a 519 percent jump for airlines and a 222 percent increase for hotels.

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Complai Raises $1.4M Seed Round to Save

“More than 70% of U.S. companies’ travel is ‘unmanaged,’ meaning employees are booking business travel on consumer sites without the supervision of corporate travel …

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Elon Musk's

Ticket prices and round-trip travel times: Hyperloop: $40 round-trip 1 hour 10 minutes total travel time; Airplane: $158 round-trip 2 hours 30 minutes total travel time; Car: $115 round-trip (gas

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Gogobot turns to A.I. in its quest to find you the best

Gogobot’s latest update for iOS, with Android to follow, ushers in a “new breed of intelligent travel,” as the company puts it.Gogobot doesn’t want users to rely on manual search queries

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Why the airlines need help from AI VentureBeat

When it comes to these kinds of travel emergencies, one of the biggest problems is a lack of direct communication. A couple weeks back, United …

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Lonely Planet adopts What3words geocoded

Today, What3words announced that one of the world's most recognizable travel guide brands, Lonely Planet, will now be using its system to convey …

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Carnival's tiny Ocean Medallion wearable brings tech

“Anyone in travel can segment a group of guests, call it special, and say this is a next-level experience,” Padgett said. “It’s a completely different thing to take an existing ship and

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EA pulls out of GDC as coronavirus spreads to more

Putting a hold on travel should limit the company’s exposure to coronavirus. That in turn should limit its exposure to the financial risk of dozens of employees missing work due to illness.

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Travel tech startups are scooping up VC cash by the

The broader online travel market is estimated to become a $1 trillion-dollar industry by 2022, according to some reports, with emerging markets, including China …

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Hyperloop Technologies raises $80 million for friction

The 50-mile loop could reduce travel time to a couple of minutes, as if you were traveling from one terminal to another. That could obviate the need for …

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Kayak founder launches Lola, an iOS travel app backed by

Paul English, former CTO and cofounder of the travel website Kayak, is today launching an iOS travel app called Lola, which is backed by a $19.7 million investment. English promises to …

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Westworld VR promises to make your Wild West fantasies

If you visit it, you can watch the trailer for what appears to be a travel site. A model dressed in white invites you to Westworld, where you can discover your true calling and live without limits

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Cris Tales is a time-traveling homage to Japanese role

It’s a Japanese role-playing game, and its gameplay conceit has time travel in the past, present, and future (sounds like Chrono Trigger, one of the …

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Dark Envoy is the next RPG from Tower of Time studio Event

Between ground travel and air travel, we think air travel is much more exciting,” Monkiewicz said. Also, since you cannot go back to your starting town, …

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Lyft launches business profiles to make it easier to

A January study by travel and expense reporting software Certify showed that Lyft has seen its popularity among corporate travel increase in 2015, with an annual growth rate of 712 percent.

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Transportation agencies can monetize IoT when data becomes

The promise of these technologies is safer and more efficient travel that improves citizens’ quality of life. But, as with any new technology, there is a downside.

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Samsung XR teams up with LiveXLive Media for live AR/VR

Samsung XR has teamed up with concert livestreaming company LiveXLive Media to provide live augmented reality and virtual reality music experiences on Samsung smartphones.. The two companies say

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Tips and tricks: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning VentureBeat

You can’t fast-travel from inside a building or dungeon, but anywhere else is fine. The whole process takes less than 60 seconds, but if you’re on a journey, just make sure you’ve discovered

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The future of rideshare is a remote control rental car

The future of rideshare is a remote control rental car. Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021. In rideshare, the single largest cost per trip is the driver. It

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Travelocity owner Sabre takes flight on $627M IPO

Travel software and data firm Sabre Corp. is back on the public market. Six years after TPG Funds and Silver Lake Funds took the debt-ridden …

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Amazon pulls out of MWC over coronavirus concerns

More than two dozen large trade fairs and industry conferences in China and overseas have been postponed or hit by travel curbs and concerns about the spread of …

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5 ways VR is making the real estate business better for

Oksana Tunikova from Rentberry explains, “Previously, potential buyers had to travel to visit a property. Now, this step can be skipped thanks to VR. There’s no limit on the number of people

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Skyscanner CEO discusses why he just sold his company for

Big news emerged from M&A land earlier this morning, when travel search giant Skyscanner revealed it had been acquired by one of China’s biggest online travel …

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Uber now lets you avoid expense reports on business trips

Uber’s Auto-Expense streamlines the travel process so you can move forward with your day. “Our goal is to make business travel on Uber as seamless as possible in over 400 cities and 69

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Final Fantasy XV tips for faster travel, easy leveling

Feature You can’t begin a road trip without proper preparation. Final Fantasy XV, which comes out on November 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is …

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Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to recommend heritage travel

Airbnb and 23andMe might have competition in Ancestry.com, which worked with travel company Go Ahead Tours to launch a line of group tours to …

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Hopper raises $100 million for AI airfare and hotel rate

“Travel is a $1.3 trillion industry, with online taking $662 billion of that, and mobile booking valued at $264 billion,” Lalonde said. “As the world continues to shift from the web to

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You can now book Airbnb directly through Concur's expense

“The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring, with more and more of us combining business trips with weekend stays,” noted David Holyoke, global head of business travel …

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VR report says consumer interest in virtual reality goes

Consumer interest in virtual reality goes far beyond gaming, according to the latest research from Greenlight VR. In addition to games, consumers want to use VR for travel…

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The Waylanders interview: Adding a Celtic flair to role

The Waylanders is a role-playing game from Spainish studio Gato Salvaje, and it deals with the roots of Celtic culture, time travel, and reincarnation.

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Expedia launches Skype bot, with Cortana skill coming soon

Expedia will be the first travel company to gain a Cortana skill, the company said. Cortana entering the virtual assistant market with Siri, Alexa, and the like is a …

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, and

With words as empty as Amazon’s travel advice, Nadella added, “As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the

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