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The Top Israeli Startups That Make Traveling That Much Easier

Yes, there’s more to Israeli travel tech than the popular navigation app Waze

By: Betty Ilovici, NoCamels

Published: March 23rd, 2015 in Business » Israel

Over the past decade, travel agents have gradually lost their dominance over trip planning, hotel booking and airline tickets, while the tourism industry has shifted to the internet. In the meantime, alongside giant web portals such as Expedia and Orbitz, smaller travel tech companies have arisen. The tourism industry has seen the birth of many startups with big dreams to revolutionize the way people travel and vacation. These companies have raised funds and gathered millions of users around the world, while maximizing efficiency and ease in the fields of transportation, air travel and tourism.

In the melting pot of tech and innovation that is Israel, the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market expo recently showcased some of the Israeli leaders in digital transit and travel. Yes, there’s more to Israeli travel tech than the popular navigation app Waze, which sold to Google for $1.1 billion in 2013. Here are NoCamels’ top Israeli travel tech companies that will make traveling much easier this spring:

SuperFly

Lost track of your frequent flyer miles? Haven’t used your miles in years? Well, you’re at risk of losing hundreds of dollars worth of miles. Enter Israeli startup SuperFly, which manages your miles and loyalty points with different airlines, car rentals and hotels. “SuperFly uses your entire history of travel to figure out which options from the ones that are presented to you are the best,” SuperFly CEO Jonathan Meiri told NoCamels.

EatWith

Forget tourist traps and overcrowded restaurants; EatWith offers authentic dining experiences in locals’ homes. Founded by Guy Michlin and Shemer Schwartz in 2012, EatWith is often described as the Airbnb of food. In recent years, Israeli EatWith has gained popularity among tourists and native residents alike, giving people opportunities to enjoy homemade delicacies, learn about the local cuisine, and enjoy conversations with people from around the globe. With roughly 500 active hosts in 160 cities around the world, EatWith has shown the power of the sharing economy. Recently, the company won a $4.9 million award in advertising money from ProSieben, providing an opportunity to share its vision on multiple media platforms.

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Moovit

Once you arrive at your destination, you usually use public transportation – but which bus line will drive you to the Metropolitan Museum of Art the fastest? Israeli app Moovit can help you. The app has changed the way people use public transportation, using crowd-sourcing data and real-time information from passengers, as well as from other resources, in order to recommend the fastest public transport routes at any given time. Founded in 2011 by Nir Erez, Roy Bick and Yaron Evron, the app was launched in Israel in 2012 . Working to reproduce Waze’s success, but with public transportation users, the app is now available in 500 cities around the globe, where it’s integrated with taxi services such as GetTaxi. Moovit boasts 15 million users, it has recently raised $50 million and is valued at $450 million.

This article was first published on NoCamels - Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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