Travel Tech Essentialist #26: Navigating

A short newsletter every two weeks with my pick of the top 10 Travel Tech stories and innovations shaping the world’s largest and fastest growing industry

1. Travel Tech Essentialist survey results

Which will be the relative winners and losers emerging after CV19?

2. Advance purchase directory for B2B and B2C travel companies?

3. Eight ways travel will be different a few months from now

  • Capacity and inventory will decrease through business failures
  • Consumers will expect low prices, and low prices will stimulate traffic
  • Government investment will have strings attached
  • Change fees will be even more unpopular

4. Emirates becomes first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers

Emirates passengers given a quick blood test by the Dubai Health Authority in the check-in area at Dubai International Airport.

5. Delta Airlines wants to set a new standard of airline cleanliness with its Delta Clean program

By early May, all aircraft will be fogged before every flight in Delta’s network. The disinfectant used in fogging is immediately safe to breathe and is similar to what hospitals and restaurants use to sanitize.

6. Some alternative accommodation providers pivot to long-term stays to adapt to current demand

7. Global Travel e-Conference on April 22–23

8. Crowdfunded guidance for startups and entrepreneurs

9. OTAs move to secure cash to weather the storm

10. Relevant startups for the new normal of travel

  • Face++ is a Chinese company which empowers infrared cameras with computer vision technologies for rapid deployment at airports and subway stations in China to detect and track individuals with fever. This allows staff to complete all body temperature screenings without close physical contact, thus reducing the chances of contagion.
  • Consumers will demand more control on travel insurance, as well as better customer service in times of crisis. Setoo’s insurance‐as‐a‐service platform provides insurance and protection products that are personalized, fully automated, easy to understand, with claim‐free compensation in response to pre‐defined triggers.
  • Denver-based GeoSure has created a highly scaled, realtime, hyper-local safety information covering tens of thousands of neighborhoods across every major city. GeoSafeScores provides risk awareness information covering six critical safety categories, including Disease & Medical.



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Mauricio Prieto

Entrepreneur, technology consultant, startup advisor, digital transformation. eDreams cofounder, former CMO