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Travel planning startups going places

BENGALURU: Travelling is among the favourite activities for most people, but planning for travel isn’t everyone’s game.

Several travel startups are seeking to fill this gap, and the funding gloom in the startup ecosystem in India has not stopped the travel sector from seeing a boom in startups this year. According to startup tracking platform Tracxn, 56 companies were founded in the travel sector since January, with 20 coming up in the last three months alone.

While some of these travel startups are using technology to help select the best packages, others are focusing on personalised advice to help travellers overcome their decision paralysis when it comes to travel.

A team of Bengaluru-based entrepreneurs recently launched MeTripping, an intelligent travel search, which uses technology to make intelligent travel decisions. It has tied up with Skyscanner, a global meta search engine, to get data and uses its algorithm to create the best packages.

“We want to harness the power of technology to make intelligent travel decisions. Most people do not know that we can go to Colombo instead of Goa and have a similar experience in the same budget,” said Pankaj Pawan, CTO.

Another startup launched a travel planning portal, www.tripexploria.com, last week. It offers personalised travel advice based on information provided by the individual. Customers need to provide their preferences in an online form, after which TripExploria’s travel experts will work on a couple of itineraries and send it to the prospect for a discussion, followed by a telephonic conversation.

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