For this week's podcast, I spoke to Juanjo Rodriguez, the CEO of The Hotels Network, a company delivering a hotel tech ecosystem that increases conversions.
The company grew from five to 50 in three and a half years, with a core tech team in Barcelona and a second office in San Francisco, plus people on the ground in Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Mexico, Montevideo, Bogota. He and I discussed building a company, from just an idea:
If you look at the Indian travel market, you have companies like Make My Trip, which is an online travel agency for budget hotels and OYO that is doing in a fantastic job in India and now China, but within the travel space - which is now so streamlined by these bigger companies - there is a fragmented niche within the industry: experiential and adventure travel.
I caught up with Bharet Malhotra, senior vice president of sales at Cvent - and one of the company's founding members - for this week's podcast. We discussed building and selling an industry-leading platform for cloud-based event registration software and his role in the hospitality cloud business at Cvent.
We take for granted radio the ability to purchase flights online and the user experience that comes with it, and we've been doing this for 20 years from desktop now to mobile. But there are many new channels coming up and also lot of pressure and changes are coming from the supply side that really will force a paradigm shift when it comes to flight retailing.
Douglas Quinby, the co-founder and CEO of the Arival event, joins us this week to talk about the rise of the tours and activities space as well as his plan to grow the Arrival Event as a platform to support suppliers around the world.