The Phocuswright Conference Announces the Next Generation of Groundbreaking Travel Innovators

Published November 2017

The winners of Summit and Launch, held Nov. 7 and 8, during The Phocuswright Conference have been announced. During Summit, 24 innovative startup and emerging companies and the winners of Battleground: The Americas, APAC and EMEA demonstrated groundbreaking applications and solutions set to change the travel industry. Launch featured ten established companies unveiling their travel innovations.

"We created the Phocuswright Innovation Platform to identify and recognize the entrepreneurs and ideas who are shaping the future of the travel industry," said Michael Coletta, Phocuswright’s manager, research and innovation. "We are proud to have once again brought to the stage a world-class group of startups and established companies who are leveraging the latest technology to create breakthrough value across all travel industry segments."

Winners were determined by the Summit Dragons, a panel comprised of travel and technology experts. Winners represent the top innovation in two categories: Startup and Emerging. Additional awards include the Brand USA Award for Travel Marketing Innovation, the General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation – which comes with a $100,000 convertible note, the OAG Award for AI Innovation, and People's Choice.

AWARD FOR TRAVEL INNOVATION – EMERGING CATEGORY
Winner: UpLift
Runner-Up: Mezi

AWARD FOR TRAVEL INNOVATION – STARTUP CATEGORY
Winner: Redeam
Runner-Up: conichi

BRAND USA MARKETING INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Beach-Inspector.com

THE GENERAL CATALYST AWARD FOR TRAVEL INNOVATION
Winner: Redeam

OAG AWARD FOR AI INNOVATION
Winner: Mezi

SUMMIT PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Winner: Redeam
Runner-Up: TWIP and Wanup

LAUNCH PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Winner: ixigo
Runner-Up: Sift Science

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPANIES

Free access to streaming and on-demand video of Phocuswright Conference sessions – Summit and Launch demonstrations, and Center Stage presentations – is available. On-demand content is available through March 31, 2018.