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For years, the Internet has been a great place to look for the perfect vacation deal as well as offering coupons for restaurants and entertainment venues at the planned destination. Gulliver is one example.
Plnnr: for destination day-trip plans
Five new Israeli start-ups have entered the market, offering supplementary foreign vacation services, including a social network for backpackers and businesspeople, frequentflyer- points management and easy-to-use vacation planners.
Plnnr, cofounded by CEO Mosi Shuchman and CTO Imri Goldberg, tries to take the hassle out of vacation planning by offering a personalized trip planner, saving time looking at online sites.
After signing up, Plnnr users select their destination from a list of 20
large cities, the travel dates and type of vacation (with children,
nature, popular sites or arts and culture). The user then selects the
quality of the hotel and the intensity of the vacation – relaxed, light,
moderate, energetic or extreme – to get in as much as possible.
After the characterizations are inserted, Plnnr offers a daily schedule
that takes into account the opening hours of sites, such as museums and
attractions, and provides a map with routes by foot or public
The schedule can be amended by recommended sites and the time planned to spent at each one.Superfly: for the frequent flyer
Superfly helps subscribers monitor
their accumulated frequent-flyer miles from creditcard deals and
airlines. Using frequent-flyer miles could easily make it possible to
upgrade to business class for a weekend deal in Europe. However, 20
trillion frequent-flyer points worth $500 billion to $800b. are lost
annually through nonuse.
Superfly cofounders Yonatan Meiri and Zvika Cohen are trying to exploit
this potential through the efficient management of frequent- flyer miles
and pick the best airline to use. The system also manages points
accumulated by car-rental clubs and hotel chains.
Superfly already manages more than 300 million miles. To use the
service, first register, select the airline, insert your account details
and review the analysis of activity: how many points are still needed
for an upgrade, a bonus ticket and which airline it pays to fly with.Gogobot: for vacations recommended by Facebook
Gogobot is a
social-network platform cofounded by American CEO Travis Katz and
Israeli CTO Ori Zaltzman to avoid the aggravation of the long and hard
search for the best hotel, tastiest restaurant and most exciting
attraction at a destination. The user can share with friends routes,
restaurants and hotels at destinations around the world.
Registration is either directly on the site or via Facebook and read and
write recommendations and share them with like-minded friends. It is
possible to obtain critiques of restaurants, hotels and attractions and
ask other Gogobot users for recommendations about where to go and what
do on your vacation.YooGuide: for the spontaneous day trip
The concept behind YooGuide,
cofounded by Shirley Cohen-Mintz, Yonit Kariri and Eran Lobl, targets
local travelers who want to spend as much time as possible at their
destination, taking day trips to local sites. YooGuide’s urban trip
planner offers personalized recommendations for restaurants, exhibits,
shows and other events for what it calls “Funday.” It mainly targets the
spontaneous traveler, offering activities for an unexpectedly free
It is also possible to plan a Funday by style (tourist, with children,
culture or something else entirely), and it provides directions to the
YooGuide is currently operating in private beta mode. It is possible
register via e-mail to join a trial group to test the site. The site
will open for general use within a few weeks. Its first destination is
New York.IMGuest: for businesspeople to meet
IMGuest, cofounded by Yossi
Mendelovitch and Assaf Engel, targets businesspeople rather than the
tourists. It is basically a social network for the business traveler who
seeks to network when at a hotel to avoid missing business
opportunities while on the run.
The user can check in at the hotel and find who else is there. If a
possible contact is found, who can expand the user’s circle of business
friends, it is possible to make contact via the website for a meeting in
the lobby. In this way, a work trip can be utilized for business deals
Each IMGuest user has a personal profile that includes his or her area
of business, workplace, education and fields of interest. It is possible
to register via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.