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December 4, 2015

Spotlight interview of the week: HouseTrip takes on Airbnb

List: Exclusive briefing: HouseTrip C-levels discuss how it is enhancing travel through technology.

By CBR Staff Writer

1. Airbnb could face a new rival in Europe

"Particularly in key European countries like France, Spain and the UK. We target slightly older consumers, 35+, who are after a higher quality of experience."

2. Technology comes second

"We see ourselves as a technology-driven travel company, not as a travel-driven technology company. We start with the problems we want to solve for people who want to book a holiday home and apply the technology that helps solve it."

3. Neural networks could enhance customer search experiences

"During the last few months we have also successfully experimented with using neural networks for ranking search results."

4. Apps are not suited for booking holidays

"Most of our competition started out by building an app that lets a guest book a holiday home via the app; we started at the end by building an app for customers who have an upcoming booking with HouseTrip".

The full article is available here.

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