Dutch startup TRVL launches peer-to-peer travel booking platform

Dutch entrepreneur Jochem Wijnands, who sold his last company to Apple, has launched a new travel tech startup TRVL.

Founder and CEO Wignands sold Prss, a mobile publishing platform to Apple in 2014, and is a former travel photographer at National Geographic. With TRVL, he has released a peer-to-peer travel booking platform after nine months in beta.

The platform allows users to become a “TRVL agent”, personalising travel recommendations among friends and peers and earning commissions through their own bookings and recommendations for friends.

“We’re completely reimagining the travel agent: crowdsourced, collaborative, and trusted. Throw in a very attractive earning model of up to 10% per booking, and you can see how TRVL will change the way we book our trips online,” said Wijnands.

“Artificial Intelligence is great, but nothing beats a personal recommendation, from one human to another. That is still the most appreciated and most valuable travel advice there is.”

Arthur Hoffman is COO and formerly of Expedia, he added: “We often end up spending many nights behind our laptop, researching a destination, and building up enough confidence to make a booking. A personalized recommendation often helps us cut right to the chase.”

For its own business model, TRVL takes a slice from each booking made on its site while the majority of the commission goes to the agent. The startup has signed up Booking.com, Hotels.com, and TripAdvisor as partners.

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