The Corporate Travel Tech Revolution Is Still in the Works
As travel management companies and business travel upstarts alike have moved in unison toward providing their travelers a more seamless booking experience, integrating new technologies has proved a challenge.
Chatbots don’t seem to have caught on with users, and with advances like voice control on the horizon, it seems that foundational work is still being done to improve the infrastructure that powers these operations.
Five hospitality trends to keep an eye on in 2018
December is almost gone and, as usual, we found ourselves in that inspiring state of mind in which it is all about New Year’s resolutions. Sure, in 2018 we all will walk 10,000 steps a day, lose those final extra five pounds and start meditating. But for people like me and you (working in the hospitality industry), this is not only the time of the year when we openly lie to ourselves but the one when we all play the Guess Who? game.
And the question is always the same: what will the Next Big Thing be this year? Here are five trends that are worth keeping an eye on.
Jumeirah Hotels Is Launching a New Lifestyle Brand in Early 2018
Brand proliferation continues, but we wonder: Will there be a point where there are simply just too many hotel brands out there? Or have we already reached it?
Like many other luxury hotel groups before it, Jumeirah Group hopes it can appeal to even more travelers with its newest brand — one that will be “lifestyle” and “millennial minded,” said interim CEO Marc Dardenne.
Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week
This week in digital news, we considered how people book their trips. Google is ahead of the curve, making design changes to capture more bookings, and corporate travel managers lag behind — half of European business travelers don’t like their company’s booking tools.
Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
Honolulu Airport Tests Ridesharing Services
A three-month pilot program allowing ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber to pick up passengers at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is starting.
Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay said the program that starts on Friday should cut wait times for customers, regardless of their transportation preference.
Ride-hailing apps were already allowed to drop off passengers, but can now pickup at two designated spots: the Interisland Terminal across from Lobby 2 and at the Overseas Terminal across from Lobby 8.
Amazon Wants More Hotels Using Alexa Voice-Powered Services
Amazon has claimed at least two-thirds of the consumer market for voice-activated Internet devices. Now it wants to gain parallel market share dominance in enterprise use by pushing its Alexa service to companies.
On Thursday, the retailer’s pitch for hotels was highlighted by chief technology officer Werner Vogels in a presentation at Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.
It’s inevitable that as a travel agent you’ll have to help clients out in a time of crisis. From government travel warnings to hurricanes to terrorist acts, a natural or human-created emergency in a popular tourist destination puts travel agents front and center.
Agents who are best able to rise to the occasion and efficiently help their clients are those who have a plan in place ahead of time.
The Best Fall Festival in Every State
You may be sad to see summer go, but the crisp, cool fall air brings with it lots of fun. There are hayrides, apple picking, the wine harvest ...
There is so much about the season to fall for it's hard to imagine there's anyone who can't find something to enjoy.
So celebrate the changing of the seasons the best way: with a fall festival. Here are some of the festivals that put the changing seasons center stage in every state.
Tech Adoption for Event Organizers Is Spotty
A recent survey of event marketers by event management company etouches suggested that event tech is often a key pain point for organizers, with many choosing to skip the use of such tech tools altogether or minimize its role. Among the pain points identified by etouches for the pre-event phase, nearly 60 percent of respondents across all geographic locations cited targeting the right people with the right event content as a common struggle.
Attendee registration was another challenge for more than half of respondents, and managing logistics, such as orders, room setup, AV needs, and the like was another obstacle for 43 percent. On-site challenges are varied and impact event planners across the board. A big challenge for 44 percent of respondents was communication with event attendees. Additionally, 42 percent of event planners cited the registration and check-in process as well as technology overall as pain points.
Interestingly, etouches’ survey revealed that while event planners are using technology in some aspects of the event lifecycle, they haven’t embraced these tools across the board. For example, only 20 percent of respondents said they used a venue sourcing tool and just seven percent use a Strategic Meeting Management (SMM) program. And despite declaring on-site communication as a major pain point, just 47 percent of respondents used a mobile app to communicate with attendees during events.
@Tnooz - Seven ways business travel could benefit from tech this year
Travel managers, buyers and business travellers use tech to make their (working) life more productive and more simple, but the full potential has yet to be realised.
Here are seven specific areas within the business travel ecosystem which could undergo a sea-change this year.
1. Further simplification of expense reporting
I’ll start here because this is what I’m most excited about. I’m a long time road warrior, and these days I rarely interact with a desktop interface. Vendors have been perfecting the mobile experience so that everything you need to do to create and file an expense report can be done from a smartphone.
Happy New Year from FlitWays
Happy New Year from FlitWays - May the force be with you in #2016 #HappyNewYear #NewYear #NewBegining
To our riders around the world who have used #FlitWays in the US for their ground travel needs in 2015. We say thank you from FlitWays team and we hope to see you next year. #UK #Australia #SaudiArabia #Mexico #Canada #Spain #Armenia #Serbia #HongKong #Brazil #Philippines
FlitWays Launches First Open Ride Share & Ground Transportation API
Following a great success of supplying our inventory with major travel distributors through our API. Today we’re delighted to announce the launch of FlitWays API Ride Share & Ground Transportation to all travel vendors, in need of a reliable and real time Ride Share & Ground Transportation service for their travelers.
This launch is a major accomplishment for FlitWays. It’s a declaration of what we truly stand for and what we represent in the travel industry. We aim boldly to empower the travel industry with the missing link for a reliable and connected ground transportation to allow travelers book ground transportation in the same manner they book their flight and hotel.
For most travelers, having a pre-booked ride waiting at the airport or at the hotel upon arrival/departure brings about a true seamless travel experience.
In addition to plugging to a reliable Ride Share and Ground Transportation resource, travel vendors will also benefit a revenue share agreement that will allow the travel vendor to generate additional revenue stream and also offer an add-on service for a complete door-to-door experience.
We’re really looking forward to seeing the many more useful and interesting ways travel vendors can benefit and take advantage of the FlitWays API. For API inquiry, please contact us at email@example.com.
Lonely Planet says These are the Top 10 Countries To Visit in 2016
The 2016 list spotlights a number of not-yet-on-the-radar winners.
Lonely Planet just released its 11th annual Best in Travel rankings, forecasting the top travel destinations for 2016, and this year’s lists spotlight a number of not-yet-on-the-radar winners. To make their decisions, the Melbourne, Australia-based travel guide publisher’s team of experts looks ahead to consider upcoming aspects like a major sporting event or anniversary, updates to infrastructure, and timely “it” factors.
What follows is a countdown of the top ten countries to visit in 2016. The annual “best of” collection also compiles top cities — Kotor, Montenegro got the no.1 spot this year — and regions, which was topped by Transylvania, Romania. All of the 2016 must-dos, including more than a dozen additional destination lists, are published in the newest edition of the bestselling paperback Best in Travel guide from Lonely Planet.
We're raising our Seed Round on FlashFunders and Travel Startup Investor Network
FlitWays grows TSI’s investment by 430% to scale to $550K (TTM) in 2015 now raising $500K in a seed-series
10 months ago, FlitWays raised $25,000 investment from Travel Startup Incubator and they used the $25,000 to increase their revenue by 430% within 4 months. FlitWays is now raising $150K-$1M via FlashFunder and the Travel Startups Investor Network.
FlitWays offers ride pre-booking service in 110 cities helping travelers and businesses to schedule a ride ahead of time. With FlitWays, a ride can be pre-booked up to 1 year in advance. Business and leisure travelers can easily book a ride the same way they book their flight and have all of their travel services pre-arranged for a complete door-to-door travel experience.
FlitWays currently operates in 110 global major cities with access to over 15,000 vehicles. The company currently maintains 31% monthly growth (CAGR).
In September, FlitWays generated over $60,000 in sales, serviced 1,400 trips from new and recurring customers. FlitWays is targeting $9.1 M revenue for 2016 with the seed-series investment. The company has functioning in-house built technology and expects to use the raised capital to boost sales and expand to new markets.
FlitWays just secured a revenue partnership with 3 major travel companies (TUI, Xerox and Megabus) which will allow the travel companies to resell FlitWays service directly to their global travelers. FlitWays was selected as one of the top 15 Best Startups at Collision in Las Vegas 2015. FlitWays was featured on Tnooz as an emerging travel startup dedicated to securing transportation to and from airports. FlitWays was also featured on Yahoo Finance, Skift, New York Magazine and KillerStartups.
For more information or to invest, please visit - https://www.flashfunders.com/flitways
Here Ye, Here Ye, The new FlitWays App hath arrived
Are you ready for the next REVOLUTION in travel? You may be wondering, "What Could It Be!?" Without further ado, Today we are ecstatic to announce the launch of our new upgraded and redesigned app in the iTunes Store. The fully remodeled user interface and graphics gives the True Seamless Experience making it easy to book your trip as a traveler or business.
On FlitWays amazing new app, you can reserve your ride for tonight, tomorrow, or even next month with just one click. FlitWays State-of-the-art booking engine allows you to easily choose your pick up/ drop off destinations, and as a bonus, you can see it on the map! For convenience we offer travelers a choice from Taxi, Executive Car, or an Airport Shuttle, while simultaneously comparing rates and quotes from all of our available vehicles.
FlitWays knows travelers, and that is why we have introduced our Flat Rate, when you book, there are NO hidden fees, and NO extra surcharges unlike other transportation companies. For security, the app has an intuitive pay option with just an input of your credit card making it simple, fast, and secure and eliminating the need for carrying cash.
Don’t wait for your ride, have your ride wait for you. We only work with qualified transportation services and background checked drivers to bring you dependable, rapid, and seamless service. After booking your trip, we send you an email, as well as, a text confirmation receipt with all the details for your trip, including the number of your driver, so you always know where your ride is!
Don’t trust us? Download the app and Just Flit It!
Why do you need to pre-book a ride
If you travel at least twice a year, you may want to continue reading this blog. If not, you can skip this blog or continue reading to learn more about today’s travel trend.
Today, we picking up on Why Do You Need To Have Pre-Book a Ride?
With pre-booking your rides you can ensure that your driver gets you to your destination on time. A competitor for example, may promise you the closest ride is 3 minutes away, but in reality they don’t estimate the traffic approximation, making you wait an extra five minutes that you didn’t account for. Optimistically these competitors believe that their drivers will arrive to their guests on time, but practicality shows that it may be almost impossible.
Pre-booking your trips will ensure less anxiety at the time of your departure. Sitting around questioning if your driver was actually going to arrive on time isn’t anything you should worry about. With FlitWays’ online booking engine, it offers travelers to pre- book their ride and desire a favored ride allowing businesses and personal travelers the capacity to arrange their trips in advance.
FlitWays January to July 2015 at a glance
As the month of August begins - and 2015 more than halfway through - we'd like to give you all a quick recap of who we are/what we do and also an update on upcoming developments.
- We are proud to be operating in over 110 cities worldwide, with over 15,000 vehicles. We are constantly growing and expanding, all to make the best rides as convenient and available as possible!
- Our NEW Android app's fully redesigned user interface and graphics make booking rides through your mobile device more seamless than ever. Try it now, available on Google Play, for free here:
- Choose from a wide range of local taxis/cabs, executive cars, or airport shuttles. We're pleased to be able to offer such a variety in order to meet all your travel needs and budgets.
- Later this year, Flitways will be releasing a Driver's app that will allow us to work more directly with the driver and ultimately be able to offer a better customer experience. This includes tracking, ride ETAs, and better regulation of fare prices and the booking process as a whole.
- Additionally, we'll soon be able to allow local/ride-share drivers onto our platform to have even more reasonable fair prices.
All this, and more, are poised to keep FlitWays' success ongoing and our loyal customers happy. We are always looking to improve and hear from our followers so feel free to get in touch and let us know what you're thinking here: https://flitways.com/contact
Thanks for reading, following, and pre-booking with FlitWays....and remember, Just Flit It!
- FlitWays Team
The 13 best jobs for people who love to travel
Ever want to just pack your bags and go on a journey you'll never forget?
Perhaps you can find the best of both worlds by getting a job that requires a lot of travel, thereby feeding your insatiable need for travel but putting bread on the table at the same time.
Read on to find out what careers could satisfy your globe-trotting urges.
Introducing @flitwaysapp on Instagram!
Hey #Flitters and IG users, FlitWays is now on Instagram! Follow us for your daily dose of pictures and all things tech and travel related. Just Flit It and connect with us at @flitwaysapp.
#tech #socialmedia #travel #startup #vc #instagram #july4
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How To Survive July, The Busiest Air Travel Month Of The Year
If you have a trip planned between now and August, good luck to you. July is known within the airline industry as the busiest travel month of the year.
The air travel system faces all kinds of demand in July. You have vacation travelers, who are trying to pack in family and personal trips in the month when there’s generally no school. Business travelers are also on the road, attempting to get things done before offices empty out in August, both in the U.S. and abroad.
That leads to a lot more people flying. In 2014, 71.8 million people flew during July, according to the Bureau of Travel Statistics. That was 37 percent more passengers than got on a plane in February, 2014, the year’s slowest month.
Open booking or door to door… which is the future of business travel?
Managed travel is in trouble – and a large part of the problem is corporate online booking tools (OBTs), which haven’t kept pace with consumer apps and websites. Two very different solutions are emerging: open booking, which means travellers don’t have to use OBTs any more; or switching to a better kind of OBT that uses door-to-door planning.
Has your company implemented one of these solutions? What are the results? Please comment the article and share your opinion!
Article credit to Marie @ KDS
19 Tips that will rescue your first business trip
Traveling on a business trip for the first time can be a daunting task for a new traveler. You might feel anxious before traveling, making those all-important decisions from what to pack in your bag, to what to wear whilst traveling – bearing in mind you have to make a good impression at the other end.
According to Marie @ KDS advice. There’s quite a lot to consider before you travel, so here are some handy tips and advice to help make your journey a smooth experience and less daunting. Packing, Whilst flying, General advice, Contributed tips and advice from frequent business travelers.
The media loves FlitWays
I’m here to update you on the latest with FlitWays. This month, we were featured on the popular travel publication Tnooz. To read the entire article click here (FlitWays offers multiple modes of airport transportation ) The article sheds light about the origin of FlitWays and our team. FlitWays is making headlines with the announcement of our partnership with Megabus, the popular express bus company. Now, ground travelers can receive complete City-to-City, Door-to-Door service in 26 United States cities.
This past month, two major publications Yahoo! Finance picked up our news and the Examiner wrote articles about us and we have received overwhelming positive feedback from all of you Flitters out there. We are taking all the responses and incorporating it into FlitWays to make us the number one choice for travelers.
Thank You for Using FlitWays and Happy Holidays from our family to yours
Travel Startups Incubator invests in FlitWays
Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in FlitWays a Los Angeles, California startup led by business entrepreneur Tobi Mac. Matt Zito, Managing Partner at Travel Startups Incubator says, “FlitWays is building the foundation for a global ground transportation company, servicing travel suppliers, B2B. Tobi Mac and his team in a short period of time have developed a revenue generating business that is growing nicely.” FlitWays is built on a proprietary technology platform that includes direct inventory of over 15,000 cars, limos and cabs in 84 cities.
FlitWays aims to incorporate ride booking into the travel industry with their API by making ride bookings available at every travel point of sale for our travel industry supplier partners. FlitWays is lining up travel distribution partners including OTA’s, Meta Search, Hotels, Airlines, GDS’s and travel suppliers that would like to offer private ground transportation for their customers.
World best travel companies are partnering with FlitWays
It has been a BIG week here at FlitWays. We’re always striving to increase our reach so we can be available for every traveler. We’re excited to announce our partnerships with some great Travel companies; HolZoo, MyPrivateVegas, Wingz, Cabforce, Mozio. We partner with the best companies so we can be available to our travelers no matter where they are. These sites are focused for Travelers and all their possible traveling needs. Thanks to our new partners, more travelers than ever before will be able to book with FlitWays, straight from their favorite sites. This makes us ecstatic and ramps up our motivation to continue doing it bigger and better than anyone else. Our work is never over. Stay tuned and grow with us!
Keep On Flitting On!
Yep, we're #Rebranding
I just wanted to drop by and let you all know the latest with FlitWays. I bet you're all wondering why we decided to rebrand from OnCabs to FlitWays. Well, we felt that OnCabs was confusing our message. The word "Cab" evokes an image of a taxi, and we are forever known to them as simply a taxi company. But we are so much more than that, we are infinitely versatile, allowing you to choose from a broad range of vehicles, available to you at 234 airports in 84 cities around the world. We can be used on demand or booked in advance.
It does not matter whether you’re a business traveler, private traveler, or moving in groups we can accommodate any situation. Flit is defined as "to move or fly quickly from one place to another" and we believe that is the essence of what we do here for our travelers, so thus FlitWays was born. On a side note, I am excited to announce that our new booking engine will soon be available on FlitWays.
We have been listening to your feedback and working tirelessly every day to improve our service and our coverage to help all of our travelers on their journeys. There are going to be some huge changes coming soon, stay with us on our journey to change the future of travel rides.
Happy Flitting! - FlitWays Team
Traveling for business often sees one against the clock, dashing from airplane to taxi to make that meeting. Taxi-hailing apps, such as Uber or Lyft, provide an option for getting around, but they are on-demand, meaning that you cannot plan your ground travel needs except for on the....
Every day we alert our readers of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early information service for those who keep track of such things. Every weekday, there will be a list of these newbies, along with each of their mini-profiles....
FlitWays and Deem Ground - Truly Seamless Travel Ride
Deem Ground is the largest ground transportation technology provider in the industry. Deem Ground offers end-to-end technology solutions for the entire Ground Transportation industry ecosystem. As the largest transportation technology provider, Deem Ground allows transportation providers to choose from a wide range of connectivity options when receiving reservations from corporate clients.
Deem ground solutions are utilized by over 2,000 corporations worldwide, including 78 of BTN 100 with availability in 86 countries and 500+ cities. A unique solution for Corporations, Booking Tools, and Travel Agencies.
Partnership with Deem Ground will allow FlitWays to seamlessly take its service to the travel marketplace that will allow corporations, booking administrators, agencies and travel suppliers to utilize FlitWays solutions through the world's most powerful GDS solution for ground transportation - Sabre, Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan.
By using FlitWays, businesses and travelers can take full control of their travel expenses, decrease booking time, save on contract fees and eliminate uncertainty when it comes to reliability.
The World is Going to Brazil
Latin America receives a large number of international tourist throughout the year. With all of the culture, festivities, and events who wouldn't want to explore some of beautiful countries within Latin America.
So, now when you think of traveling to cities in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Columbia, and Brazil, you don't have to worry about trying to get around in a country that you are unfamiliar with. FlitWays will be traveling with you. You will be able to pre-book your ride ahead of time in order for a timely pick up when you reach the airport to take you where you need to go.
Photo credit to Rickipanema - http://ow.ly/uQgIQ
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- FlitWays, a Los Angeles based startup company, is set to launch its solutions to revolutionize the way businesses and travelers book and schedule ground travels. FlitWays provides travelers access to over 10,000 fleets in major US cities, with best reliable and licensed local car service companies. FlitWays is pleased to announce its coverage expansion into more cities and building partnership with major travel companies to make ride booking available at every travel point of sale.
The company offers a pre-booking service unlike ride hailing app for on demand trips like Uber, Lyft and FlyWheel. The FlitWays online booking engine and app allows travelers to pre-book a ride and choose a preferred ride from a selection of vehicles such as Taxi, Executive Cars, Airports Shuttles and Transfers. As a company investor said when announcing the upcoming product launch, "Our goal is to incorporate ride booking into the travel industry by allowing travelers to book competitive rides that fits their lifestyle and blend into the future trends of booking rides online and on a mobile app."...
I just returned from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and was struck by how many companies are integrating Bluetooth Low Energy technology, or Bluetooth Smart, into their products. For any frequent traveler worried about losing luggage, devices or keys, these travel gadgets help you keep track of your belongings....
Bluetooth Smart Devices
While Bluetooth Smart technology shows great promise, the current working range is about 30 meters. What if your stuff wanders farther?
GPS Travel Gadgets
Smart GPS devices use satellite-based technologies to help find your bags or, in some cases, you. Take TrakDot: it's a small, sleek GPS-based tracking device that fits in your luggage and IMs you when your bag arrives. TrackStick connects to 24 satellites to remember your route, path or drive. You can keep a satellite record of everywhere you traveled and re-locate favorite destinations. And the Garmin GTU 10 enables your choice of friends and family to find your exact location from a mobile phone.
Article by John Dietz
10,000+ Vehicles in 17 Major Cities
The rapid expansion of FlitWays has stirred up quite an excitement. Check out the updates that have made to the FlitWays Map! We have been able to make our way to many major cities in the United States.
Adding these new locations to our map, has enhanced our services which will in turn enhance your experiences with us. Our services are now accessible in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, Honolulu, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Austin, Dallas and New York. Now how is that for coverage!
FlitWays Bringing Taxi Booking to Las Vegas
"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas". You don't want to be the person missing out on all the happenings. From business meetings and conventions to personal entertainment, plan your trip accordingly using FlitWays.
Now that FlitWays have you covered in Las Vegas, it makes it all easier to have your ride pre-booked from the airport to the hotel and anywhere you want to spend the day or night in Las Vegas.
With FlitWays, you can book best airport shuttle for you and your crew, taxi to move you around the glamorous city or book executive car to enjoy the city in style.
Introducing FlitWays Business Travel
Make the management of your ground travel costs easier by taking control of your travel expenses with FlitWays. A business ground travel account allows you to pre-book Taxis, Executive Cars, SUVs and Airport Shuttles, manage your past bookings, access flexible travel expenses from one source and receive 24/7 support to help you along the way.
To learn more, please visit: https://flitways.com/businesses
FlitWays New York
Watch Out! FlitWays is making its way. We are proud to announce our recent expansion to New York. Our goal is to make the life of travelers simple. Most residents in New York would rather catch a cab then drive in the city for convenience. Now instead hailing a cab on the street, you can have one sitting outside, ready to go when you leave.
Pick Your Preferred Ride
To our new fans, let's give you an intro about FlitWays. FlitWays offers advanced booking engine that lets you pre-book a ride via online or mobile app (coming soon - iPhone and Android). One unique thing about FlitWays is that, you get to choose your preferred ride and fare price. We know, we love that too.#Schedule #Ride #Planning #BusinessTravel.
Advantages of License Taxi
If you choose to use these ride sharing services you must bear in mind that it has risks associated with it. It will be difficult to know the credentials of the driver who will drive you to your destination because some of them are not actually licensed drivers for that job. Most of these ride sharing companies do not have liability insurance. Some of these ride sharing drivers who are private might be guys from other transportation business such as food delivery.
Los Angeles Gets a New Pair of Wheels
FlitWays takes pride in expanding its existing range of ride booking service to the city of Los Angeles. With the help of our online ride booking engine, you can now easily get a taxi, executive car and airport shuttle, regardless of where you wish to go. We act as a connecting medium between passengers and car service companies, which saves travelers from the hassles of standing in long queues and wasting their precious time.
Getting a cab tends to be an afterthought for most people, which is kind of weird because almost everybody has at least one taxi related horror story. Whether it's a creepy driver that speeds through red lights, or some horrible company that blew you off when you were waiting outside your apartment at 5 am trying to get to the airport, it's obvious that there is a lot of guesswork associated with getting a cab these days.
FlitWays was founded with a goal to eliminate this kind of guesswork, and to simplify the way people book a taxi. The end result is a streamlined, user-friendly app that helps riders and taxi drivers alike....