Sabah Mikha in Travel Tales & Trails, Travel Bloggers & Writers (English) MBA Candidate • Kellogg School of Management Jun 24, 2019 · 1 min read · ~100

Top Travel Startups You Should Know About

Top Travel Startups You Should Know About



Travel can be counted on to boost a country's economy. Statistics show that the multi trillion-dollar air travel and tourism industry ferried an annual average of about 1.19 billion passengers in 2016, a figure expected to grow to about 1.8 billion passengers by 2030. Research and development in the sector is leading to the birth and growth of new startups, designed to make the industry operationally effective and efficient. Here is an overview of the top travel startups today.


  • AirBuy

AirBuy was launched in 2017 in Massachusetts as a startup platform that allows travelers, online travel agencies, airlines, and airports to optimize their duty-free purchases as well as revenues. The platform gives travelers a personalized service where they can log in and pre-order duty-free items in available duty-free shops in airports before arrival. The full-fledged platform allows passengers to pay for the items through their e-wallet and have the items pre-shipped to a convenient place to pick up upon arrival at the airport.

  • HeyCars

HeyCars is a platform launched in 2016 and is designed to allow travelers to book cab services to facilitate airport transfers. The service is designed to offer 24/7 customer service at the airport and can have passengers pre-arrange and book their cab services days before they arrive.

  • Timeshifter

Timeshifter is a Danish tech startup designed as an app suitable to help passengers who travel long distances to reduce the impacts of jet lag. The application is designed to prompt the user to adhere to a specific routine, especially immediately before boarding, during the actual travel, and after arrival. One can, for instance, recommend a traveler to stay awake or sleep, contrary to his or her usual routine.

  • Qiantech

Qiantech is a Chinese travel startup designed to use artificial intelligence and augmented reality to give travelers and tourists an exceptional experience as far as navigation of tourist attraction sites is concerned. The augmented reality system is particularly useful in parks and museums and allows tourists to immerse into a dynamic environment while viewing displayed items from an entirely new angle.


Originally published at sabahmikha1.wordpress.com on June 24, 2019.