Travel industry research authority Phocuswright announced the winners of Battleground, Summit and Launch, held on Nov. 16, during The Phocuswright Conference currently underway in Los Angeles, Calif. The newly launched Phocuswright Innovation events determined the most innovative companies in travel across the globe. A total of 67 companies, ranging from startups to established, demonstrated groundbreaking applications and solutions set to change the travel landscape, competing for the most coveted travel innovation awards.
"Battleground, Summit and Launch showcase the preeminent technology solutions in the travel industry," says Phocuswright's president, Simon Lehmann. "They are the most anticipated segments of our conference and you can see why – Phocuswright consistently unveils the most pioneering ideas. 2016 is no exception. We can be sure these companies will have a huge impact on the travel landscape in the future."
Winners were chosen by a panel of Dragons comprised of travel and technology experts. During Battleground, three of the 24 innovators were chosen to demonstrate at Summit on Tuesday.
• Beyond Pricing
• Stride Travel
Summit Dragons determined the top innovation in two categories – Startup and Emerging. Attendees of The Phocuswright Conference determined the People's Choice Award, and one company was selected to win the Brand USA Award for Travel Marketing Innovation. Additionally, one company was awarded the General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation, which comes with the $100,000 convertible note.
• Startup Category: Beyond Pricing
• Emerging Category: Local Measure
• The Brand USA Marketing Innovation Award: Inspirock
• The General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation: Hello Scout
• Startup Category: Hello Scout
• Emerging Category: Uplift Inc.
2016 SUMMIT PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
• Winner: Beyond Pricing
• Runner-Up: Airmule
2016 LAUNCH PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
• Winner: Dayuse.com
• Runner-Up: Amadeus
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is available. On-demand content is available through March 31, 2017.