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New wave of Silicon Valley travel apps challenging older technologies like Orbitz, TripAdvisor

07/17/2013| 10:41:01 AM| 中文

And in the same way technology has disrupted standbys such as guidebooks and travel agents, a new breed of startups is cropping up to offer alternatives built around social media and search.

Summer's in full effect, which means it's time to hit the road. And it goes without saying that you're not alone: Elizabeth Becker, author of "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," reports that the number of worldwide tourists hit 1 billion last year.

"The travel and tourism industry," she said, "is poised to become the biggest business sector in the world."

Silicon Valley, naturally, is taking notice. And in the same way technology has disrupted standbys such as guidebooks and travel agents, a new breed of startups is cropping up to offer alternatives built around social media and search.

Read full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/travel/ci_23651856/new-travel-apps-challenging-older-orbitz-tripadvisor

 

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