Top Travel Startups You Should Know About

The global travel industry is perhaps one of the biggest backbones that help support businesses and social-economic prosperity. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


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About Sabah Mikha

Sabah Mikha laid the foundation for his career in financial services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he gained expertise through a combination of hands-on experience and relevant coursework. Sabah is a business economics major who achieved Dean’s Honors for his academic performance, he chose to enhance his studies with a role at Washington Mutual Bank. For nearly two years, he maintained his commitments as a full-time student with his role as Operations Supervisor at Washington Mutual’s Santa Barbara branch, where he managed a team of financial representatives and tellers, ensured compliance with bank policies and federal regulations, and audited crucial documents. Besides fulfilling his myriad professional duties as a financial professional, Sabah Mikha, a Los Angeles resident, performs a wide range of charitable acts and supports a number of worthy causes that benefit the underprivileged locally and internationally. Sabah Mikha regularly contributes to Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that dedicates its resources to building safe, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families. He also participates in a number of outfits that benefit cancer research, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, an organization that advocates for US women with ovarian cancer and seeks to increase funding for research into the areas of life-saving treatments, improved health care and early detection tests. Sabah Mikha actively participates in the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and completed its 5K Run & Friendship Walk on November 13, 2011 to raise funds for ovarian cancer awareness and research. In the prior year Sabah Mikha’s team raised over $3,000.

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