Travel's Stage for Innovation

Promoting innovation in the travel and tourism industry means supporting the startup community, constantly acquiring new knowledge, analyzing the global markets, trends and identifying breakthrough innovation and its impact on the travel industry.

Predicting which travel startups are destined for success is a complex task. In an industry dominated by large players and legacy technology, it’s hard to know which ideas have staying power. Investor interest is one major factor, while others range from customer traction, to the scope and scale of strategic partnerships, to simply a startup’s ability to capture attention in a crowded marketplace.

Phocuswright is at the forefront of innovation in the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry. We bring travel industry leaders together with the most promising entrepreneurs.

While the Startup Program offers entrepreneurs an exclusive channel to network with the best and the brightest in travel, Innovation Launch and the Hot 25 Travel Startups highlight new concepts, technologies and business models entering the scene.

2022 Innovators

Startup Program

Nov. 13, 2023

Pitching isn’t everything, nor is it the only thing. In recognition of this, we created the Startup Program - a curated networking platform to connect startups with corporates and investors to foster real innovation.

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Hot 25 Travel Startups

Tuesday & Wednesday
Nov. 14 & 15, 2023

Startups are the lifeblood of any industry. This year, selected purely for their capabilities by Phocuswright and PhocusWire, the top companies that have shown potential to have breakthrough success take the stage and showcase their innovation.

Innovation: Launch

Nov. 14, 2023

Innovation isn't just for startups - startups, scaleups and established companies are breaking new ground and developing new technologies. This is the stage for companies of any age that are changing the travel landscape.

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Find out how you can win travel's most coveted awards, from audience accolades to praise from the industry's toughest judges.

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Phocuswright's Innovation Platform

Research, learning, networking, consulting

Benefit from Phocuswright's longstanding pedigree of tracking travel innovation. The Phocuswright Innovation Platform hosts the entire lifecycle of innovation, from a learning environment to the practical application of travel's next great product.

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