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2 lucky travel innovators will pitch to 400 people responsible for the sale of millions of flights, hotel rooms, tours, meals and taxis,

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED KINGDOM - February 26th, 2016 -

2 lucky travel innovators will pitch to 400 people responsible for the sale of millions of flights, hotel rooms, tours, meals and taxis, For immediate release:

London April 19-20:  Creating a product to improve the way we travel is easy. Getting money for it is hard. Innovators and start-ups in our industry often expect to be paid by the travel, transport and hospitality providers so that their service to the traveller is free.

Ask a hotelier or OTA to pay you to make their customer experience better and they will ask you to prove it will make their brand money. If you can’t they won’t pay!

This is where The Start-up and Innovation in Travel Awards, Tower Bridge Hilton, April 19-20 can change your business. It is the annual competition that allows innovators and start-ups to check their product is right in front of 400 heads of marketing, distribution and ecommerce from the world’s top Hotels, Airlines, OTAs, Travel Groups and Ground Transportation providers. Exactly the people who will pay your start -ups wages.

The awards are subsidised by the Travel Distribution Summit so this is the most affordable and cost effective way for a start up to promote what it is creating.

The competition kicks off with a ‘boot-camp’ style session.  Audience members will have the opportunity to quiz 10 of Europe’s top travel entrepreneurs including Clive Jacobs (founder of Holiday Autos), Dick Porter (founder of STA) and Jason Katz from Kings Capital,( the man that reunited the 2 Hilton Hotel groups).   The judges, all entrepreneurs/investors with proven investment credentials will be on hand to share vital tips you need to succeed. 

The next stage of the competition gives the start-ups and innovators a chance to pitch to these judges:

  • Jason Katz, Partner, Kings Capital
  • Timothy Hentschel co-founder and CEO, 
  • Callum Lee, Investment Analyst, Angel Capital Group
  • Clive Jacobs, Chairman, Travel Weekly Group
  • Sean Seton-Rogers, Partner, Profounders Capital
  • Suzanna Chiu, Principle, Amadeus Ventures
  • Charlie Woolnough, Hedge fund professional, Quorum
  • Christopher Persson, General Partner, Recapex
  • Stephane Cheikh, Ventures and Innovation Manager, SITA Ventures
  • Dick Porter, Portfolio Chairman and Investor (founder and former CEO, STA Travel)

Our judges choose the 2 best companies to pitch again during the keynote debates of the Travel Distribution Summit, Europe’s biggest meeting of online travel, and distribution experts.

The potential for innovation in our sector is still huge. There may only be room for 2 really big, all singing and all dancing OTAs, but high growth companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Skyscanner are all the proof you need that travel start-ups and innovators can disrupt and thrive.

Since 1997 EyeforTravel has identified these companies. With mobile, data, and social media driving how we purchase travel at a frenetic rate, this year’s awards are once again set to reveal a future success.

EyeforTravel’s Start-up & Innovation Awards arean affordable way for Europe’s travel start-ups and innovators to talk about what they are doing to a highly influential audience and get a foothold in the cut-throat online travel industry,”says Tim Gunstone, MD, EyeforTravel.

The Summit is packed with networking and strategy setting opportunities. Marketing and distribution deals abound at the event and for decades travel start-ups and innovators have attended to get the advice, contacts and potentially the investment they need to succeed.  

EyeforTravel’s Start-up Awards are open to all travel start-ups or existing companies that have launched a new industry shaking product or service.  All entries must be received by April 10, 2016. Find out more -

For all event enquiries contact:

Tim Gunstone
EyeforTravel Ltd.
London, UK: +44 (0)207 375 7557

US Toll Free: 1 800 814 3459 ext. 7557

About EyeforTravel Ltd.

Founded in 1997, EyeforTravel Ltd. is a leading business intelligence provider for the online travel industry.  EyeforTravel drive forward innovation in the online travel industry through news, conferences, research and reports.


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