Posts Tagged ‘travel search’

FindMyCarrots, the Semantic Search Engine for Online Travel, Partners with TrustYou

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4 March 2014 — FindMyCarrots (FmC) has partnered with TrustYou to provide semantic analysis for hotel queries in India. With TrustYou’s robust database and advanced semantic analysis of millions of reviews, including categories like hotel type, bed size, bathroom cleanliness, food, bar, location, amenities, and more, users can now search and filter hotels based on specific criterion. For example, a user could search for “family friendly hotels in Mumbai with delicious seafood and clean bathrooms.”

 

“Using TrustYou’s structured data, travelers enjoy a more personalized experience during the search- shop-buy process because they have the ability to drill down to the most relevant results in the least amount of time,” said Alan Young, SVP Strategic Partnerships at TrustYou. Read more

So Long Traditional Travel Reviews, Hello Meta-Reviews

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Tnooz recently interviewed TrustYou CEO Benjamin Jost about the future of travel search. Jost discussed meta-reviews, “a summary of a hotel’s reputation derived from semantic analysis of reviews across the world. Jost elaborates, “Meta-Reviews are a trusted summary of relevant reviews worldwide, showing the most talked about and most relevant attributes of a particular hotel, along with some special, important-to-know ‘nuggets’ of information that are unique to the particular hotel. Different signals are taking into account; for example, the most recent content carries a higher weight. We also start to experiment with different weighting for verified reviews versus unverified ones. Bottom line, think of Meta-Reviews as the Cliff’s Notes for thousands and thousands of reviews; they give travelers the best possible summary of all reviews for faster, more informed booking decisions.” Read more

Travelers Now Read Hotel Reviews in a Revolutionary New Way: Meta-Reviews Summarize Everything Said About Hotels

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NEW YORK and MUNICH, February 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Since launching in late 2013, TrustYou has integrated its Meta-Review solutions and TrustScore into a large number of OTAs, Metasearch sites, GDSs and Destination Marketing Organizations. The Meta-Review is a text summary derived from a semantic analysis of all reviews worldwide. The TrustScore represents the overall reputation score for a particular hotel based on all reviews, with newer written reviews carrying more weight than older ones. Read more

Hopper Opens Travel Database to the Public

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Sean O’Neill of Tnooz reports, “Last week saw the soft launch of Hopper, the long-awaited consumer trip planning engine that claims to be powered by the ‘world’s largest structured database of travel information’. Since last summer, the site has put wannabe users on a waiting list, allowing only a handful to become beta testers. But as of now, the bouncer’s gone. Anyone can create an account, road-test tools, and book flights. Founded in 2007 and based in Boston and Montreal, the company has 23 full-time employees and has received more than $22 million in funding from backers such as Brightspark, Atlas Venture, and OMERS Ventures. It claims to have breakthrough semantic search technology.” Read more

Desti, the Travel Companion App, Introduces New iPad Features

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — November 21, 2013 — Today Desti, a top 10 travel app in the Apple App Store, announces a suite of new features for its marquee iPad application that makes planning trips, far and near, easier than ever before.

 

[Read our previous Desti coverage.]

 

Desti has expanded its app to make planning road trips visual and painless, save and search vacation rentals, as well as allow users to connect with friends to organize trips together and log their travel history. This smart travel app provides a unique travel planning experience that cuts organizing time in half by aggregating any information travelers could want about a location, restaurant or activity all in one place, and making it easily searchable. Read more

HotelsCombined Partners with Desti

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October 14, 2013: The world’s leading hotel price comparison website, HotelsCombined, is pleased to announce a new partnership with acclaimed app-based travel planner Desti, to power the new travel planner’s metasearch and hotel comparison functionality.

Desti, an all-in-one travel app which launched earlier this year in the US, accesses HotelsCombined’s technology to extract live rates and availability for hotels. The information, along with review data, is displayed through the Desti app and is accessible for users to browse, click through and book.  Read more

New Semantic Search Engine Ixigo Claims to Search Like a Human

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P.R. Sanjai of Live Mint reports, “Aloke Bajpai , chief executive officer and co-founder of Le Travenues Technology Pvt. Ltd, says the technology of his online travel metasearch engine ixigo.com, developed completely in India, mimics the way humans think and reason. In an interview, Bajpai underscored that ixigo does not sell any tickets. It, instead, helps users decide which travel site to use for what sort of bookings, and then allows them to get to the page of their choice with a single click to complete the booking.” Read more

The Next Generation of Travel Search

Benjamin Jost, CEO of TrustYou recently wrote on WebInTravel, “We are swimming in an ocean of online reviews. However, when you look at individual sites, whether it be Travelocity, Orbitz or the like, you have more of a lake of reviews, a much smaller pool. There’s a lack of content. Then you go to the larger sites, like TripAdvisor or Booking.com, where the content is more robust, but who has time to read it all?… That’s when a context problem arises; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to sort through it all or a good way to filter it. I want the pros and cons of a hotel based on travelers’ past experiences.  And I would venture to bet I am not alone.” Read more

TrustYou & RezNext Partner to Deliver 360-Degree Approach to Online Reputation Management

Munich, Germany — TrustYou, an online reputation management (ORM) market leader specializing in the hospitality industry, has partnered with real-time online distribution and travel technology company RezNext to provide hotels in Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa an integrated, 360-degree solution for aggregating and analyzing online reviews and social media content. TrustYou’s Reputation Machine offers RezNext customers a holistic approach to deliver superior semantic analysis in tandem with increasing reviews, distributing content across multiple platforms and ultimately driving revenue. Read more

TravelShark Brings New Concept to Travel Search

Nick Vivion of Tnooz reports, “The company formerly known as Swiftrank comes back with a new name and entirely new concept. The company changed its name to TravelShark in 2011, and followed a $5 million investment back in 2011 with a period of relative quiet. The company now no longer focuses on connecting hotels to travelers – it is on an ambitious mission to redefine reviews. Moving away from the arbitrary nature of the 5-star system, TravelShark distills a place into its most commonly referenced qualities. Called its ‘Essence,’ this is a wordgraph that highlights words most often used to describe a particular place. The genius here is that words are much more qualitative than stars. They deliver a much more comprehensive and descriptive view of a particular place. The star rating system has its limitations, as it is not an objective measurement of a place.” Read more

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