/ By Ilan Shavit /
On May 28th, 2013 there will be an International Tourism Summit in Jerusalem introduced by the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat. Mr. Sheldon Adelson, Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation will be presented with an Honorary Award during the summit.
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Key to the agenda for the summit will be the impact of the internet on tourism and on the rise of a whole new range of “apps” for computers and smart phones that the traveler can use to make his/her trip a more exciting, enjoyable, knowledgeable and lasting experience. A synopsis of those available from Israeli start-ups alone covers more than 20 such apps many of which will be featured during the summit:
AnyRoad is rethinking niche travel by being the Etsy for tourism. With no existing consumer platform focusing on niche tourism and providing a portal for discovery, booking, and planning, the AnyRoad team enters the space with a new approach. Most local guides do not have an internet-based business or any form of online presence. Through AnyRoad, guides have access to a full ecommerce system and online means to schedule, book, and organize their business and connect with travelers directly. The team of veteran entrepreneurs is collaborating with governments and established tourism organizations to bring together this massive underrepresented market. AnyRoad helps to support local entrepreneur guides and donates 5% of all revenue to local, guide-nominated non-profits.
AppMyDay is creating unique event experiences. Every event owner can easily create his own tailor-made event app through AppMyDay’s website – and quickly distribute the app to all attendees. During the event, guests will be able to upload and share all generated content with all other attendees.
The concept has been working in Israel since last June, in all kinds of events – weddings, bar/bat mitzvas, company events, conferences, public events etc. One of the most attractive segments is the tourism segment. Groups can use the app while travelling abroad (or coming to Israel from abroad..) to gather all content from all participants and livestream it on real time to various social netwoks.
Architip was formed by a group of seasoned entrepreneurs in order to transform the experience of visitors to historical and archaeological sites using advanced mobile technologies.
Architip’s core offering leverages Augmented Reality (AR) software and 3D Rendering, including Architip’s patent-pending algorithms, for real-time, on-site virtual restoration of historical structures and exhibits.
This core offering is packaged with a visually-rich design to create exciting mobile applications for visitors to heritage sites. Architip’s reconstructions and restorations are developed in collaboration with archaeology and art professionals based on up-to-date historical research.
Balayla application is a smartphone app that allows booking of rooms instantly for tonight. “Balayla” is available in the Appstore and GooglePlay both for iphones and androids. The application is currently targeted at Israelis and in the future for incoming tourists as well. In essence Balayla provides the solution for the need, to know which hotels in the vicinity are vacant and for what prices? Spontaneous or just stuck in a city for business – Where you gonna go? Balayla App
BeenThere is an interactive, video-based, trip planning application. We provide users with a tool to explore new destinations through short videos, add sites in a click, and get a complete travel itinerary.
How it Works:
1. The user selects a destination and chooses a list of videos to watch.
2. Each video contains several different sites; whenever the user sees a place he finds interesting- he just hits the “+Add this Site” button below the video, and it is added to his trip plan.
3. Once the user is done- he gets a complete travel itinerary with containing the selected sites.
With BitMint®-loyalty-rewards, tourists get their points (digitized) in real time right after checking out from hotel, or departing a flight or shopping – loaded directly into their phone/tablet/PC, or a USB stick, whatever they use. Redeeming is simple, fast and safe – by a click of a button – micro or macro payments. Once the points are in your phone, no need for phone calls, no more plastic gift cards, independent of mobile operator or points’ provider. No need for a reader or retail touch points.
Based on game changing technology, which won the 1 St prize in an international financial technology innovation competition.
The first trusted worldwide marketplace for hotel reservations where people can sell & buy hotel reservations they cannot use and that hotel owners & travel sites refuse to accommodate. These cases represent 2-3% of the accommodation industry. The market size is $10B.
Up until now, travelers and businesses have not had the means or the ability to communicate with one another in order to trade unwanted reservations. Cancelon provides a secured platform for this marketplace.
- Best prices (around 60% discount)
- Rooms to fully booked hotels.
- Seller doesn’t lose all the money.
- A great white label & outlet platform for hotels.
- The platform is part of the social trend.
The Chronus application combines location based 3D imaging , video and audio into a full suited guide that opens to visitors a window into the past.
To provide the site’s visitors with a meaningful experience, the application will combine video, audio and text content all according to the relevant location the visitor is at. In addition 360 tours, which allow the visitor to pan the site and see 3D images as he moves his mobile device. The application will also connect with social media to allow visitors to share their experience and allow the site to have a platform to attract new visitors. Finally users will be able to re-experience their visit through the application by visit the content they consumed while back from their visit.
The Digital Concierge – an easy-to-use, multilingual, user friendly and highly visual portal for hotel guests. The portal provides access to all hotel services and wide range of travel information as well as the ability to leave feedback for the hotel and much more.
For the hotel – the Digital Concierge generates additional revenue streams by leveraging the captive hotel guest audience and provides an online communication channel with a guest. For the guest it provides a convenient, multilingual and user friendly access to the hotel services and valuable travel information.
Inndesk is a hotel website builder with integrated booking engine for small
Accommodation in cozy facilities, which have character and great experience.
But the way to get it may be often spoiled with the hardships of the whole process of finding all the information to choose and book the right place.
Small accommodation providers have their ways how to provide visitors with joyful moments during the stay, but they often lack in skills when it comes to the proper presentation of their services online. Having nice, representative website, which is also seamless and functional is still far from matter of fact case. It requires expertise to create a professional integrated website and especially one with easy to use booking system. We think it should be easy, even for people with limited IT skills and resources. So we built Inndesk.
In Brief – Think of us as a mobile operator for travelers.
The Company – Focus Mobile AKA www.KeepGo.com provides mobile data coverage in 180+ countries. We guarantee seamless internet connection abroad at highly competitive rates; supporting any GSM device. Unbiased review of our service by Engadget.
Products – 1) Retail package for everyday traveler; includes SIM preloaded with data bundle to any selected destination. Ordered online on our website, through authorized re-sellers, at retail networks or at major tourist locations; 2) Wholesale product which enables custom-made roaming plans, variable by destination, capacity, duration, security level, roaming device, supplying carriers, pricing and other business requirements; 3) Cross platform mobile app enabling the use of mobile internet abroad in cost effective and time saving manner
“Is it safe to travel to…?”, this might be the most frequently heard question travel professionals are asked by their customers with respect to traveling in North Africa and the Middle East.
SafeDestinations.travel – an interactive web application – offers a reliable, objective and up to the minute answer for both, tourists and travel professionals and is solely dedicated to re-establishing and strengthening the trust in the counties of North Africa and the Middle East as safe and attractive travel destinations.
In order to achieve these objectives SafeDestinations.travel collects and publishes traveler’s reviews and carefully edited reports on travel security using todyay’s world language – the social media.
The goal of our company is to take tourism in the city of Jerusalem and in the state of Israel to the next level. In order to achieve this goal we have designed and continue to create unique activities based on the most up to date innovative technologies.
The first is guided Segway tours throughout Jerusalem. Our second activity is an app guided e-bike tour. Each rider can choose between three routes in Jerusalem.
TIX from Eshet-Tours Group is present the advanced platform for online booking of attractions, boutique hotels and rural tourism in Israel. TIX will empower attractions, boutique hotels and rural tourism operators by offering cutting edge opportunities for exposing, distributing and selling tickets, rooms, packages, special promotions and deals for both domestic and incoming audiences.
tix offers good prices and great deals Easily cancel your order on your own and tixMobile as well- spontaneous and book on the road .
Trekking-in “Never stop trekking” Weza for Backpacker!!!!
Trekking-In is currently seeking investors. Our company is a leader in providing complete trekking/hiking information. The system provides a full information solution for backpackers traveling around the world who don’t have proper information on the trek/hike routes they are about to embark on. This information includes properly marked 3D maps, real time information regarding route conditions, and full itinerary recommendations from start to finish.
The gap between backpacker needs and technological availability represents our business opportunity.
Augmented virtual Tour in historical sites via GPS. Tour guides and tourists in historical and archaeological sites, recognize the difficulty of imagining the site in ancient times.
3D computer simulation provides a solution to this problem, by creating and presenting virtual reconstruction.
Virtual3D already produce virtual reconstructions of various tourist sites, including videos, virtual tours, wandering tours and computer games.
Evolving technologies allow us presenting these restorations on mobile devices.
GPS technology enables virtual view from wherever you stand, wherever you look.
Run this application nearby a site on mobile, enjoying augmented reality, or away, on any platform.
Vouch2go.com is a worldwide daily deals search engine to which gathers deals from all over the world into a single one stop shop solution.
Visitors who flying abroad can get their own local deals from in excellent prices , by this, they can plan their trip properly and economic.
The WJH overall mission is to create a comprehensive, reliable source of information regarding Jewish heritage sites and events around the world, and to promote tourism to these places and . Think of us as a cross between Wikipedia and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, except that WJH is dedicated exclusively to Jewish heritage and culture.
We created a-one-of-a-kind GPS based Traveler’s App to allow you to search the WJH Travelpedia in a precise and efficient fashion, so that you can build your own personalized trip. The app will also provide you with a selection of pre-planned trails!
Yalla Basta is offering a fresh concept for market walking tour, combining culinary adventure with a market walk. Yalla Basta’s bite card is sold online, on experiential websites, designed to provide information about the market and its surroundings. The Bite card offers 6 vouchers; each provides the traveler with a food bite, carefully chosen from authentic food stalls and vendors, demonstrating delicacies of the specific market. The traveler receives a written guide with a map, to escort the independent tour with background information and folklore stories. Currently operates in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv’s markets. Overseas expansion includes the Boqueria market bite card in Barcelona, Spain, and Nice market bite card, France, launched on 6/2013.
Manage Your Trip is a tourist CRM for small companies who wants to manage one day excursion.
Our client will be able to plan different excursions and manage their suppliers and participants using this CRM.
We are proposing a mobile application support and a web interface.
Imagine Yelp or TripAdvisor joins forces with all social networks, revealing the true power of the wisdom of the crowed. Enters Trippin’ in.
We measure social engagement between people and places (restaurants, nightlife, outdoors…) by aggregating social gestures (Likes, Check-ins, Tweets…).
Our algorithm monitors the social pulse of local POI (Points of interest), creating an extraordinary BIG DATA, offered as insights for B2B clients, via API.
In other words, every Travel or LBS related website or app can now have amazing insights about any point of interest in the world, powered by Trippin’ in.
Trippin‘ in is an Israeli based startup which recently got accepted to the 3red most exclusive startup accelerator programs in the world (by Forbes magazine) called DreamIt Ventures, – Press release:Business Insider, Forbes
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Flying abroad? Want to go to a restaurant but don’t know which is recommended? Have you chosen a destination and don’t want to pay an overcharged tourists price?
Yes, no one wants to feel like a pushover, we are just trying to help you – this is why we develop a special application for you. Everywhere you go, you will receive a list of recommendations that includes discounts and coupons.
How does it work? The application recognizes your location and directs you to the nearest recommended place. You can choose – a restaurant, club, various attractions and shopping. Additionally, payment is available through the application, to save you the effort of converting to and using the local coin.
The first version, in cooperation with “Taglit – Birthright Israel” will soon be launched.
We’ll be glad for your cooperation.