Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rome2rio launches iPhone app, makes source code freely available

Last month we were excited to launch a new mobile web experience for Rome2rio, greatly improving the experience when visiting on a mobile device. At the recent PhoCusWright conference we went one step further, and launched the Rome2rio iPhone app.

The app provides an even more polished and responsive experience for iPhone users. Here’s what the interface looks like:


We’ve also decided to make our iPhone app source code freely available for download. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for B2B partners to integrate the Rome2rio API into their own iPhone apps, by using our code as a reference implementation.

Give the new app a whirl, and if you like it submit a review for the app store.

EDIT: Rome2rio fan Fiach Reid has also developed the Universal Travel Search Blackberry app which is based on the Rome2rio API and available in the Blackberry App Store.


Rome2rio wins People’s Choice at PhoCusWright

Michael and I have just returned from the PhoCusWright Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the online travel industry’s annual “must-attend” event, bigger and better attended this year than any in the past. Priceline’s $1.8bn acquisition of Kayak — highly relevant to us — was the talk of the show, and it would be reasonable to say that there currently exists a very optimistic feeling in the online travel space.

The first day of the Conference is the Innovation Summit: Rome2rio was among 30 presenters fighting for acclaim, and I’m pleased to advise we won the People’s Choice Award, presented to the company which polled the most votes from the 500+ attendees at the Summit.

You can see Michael’s presentation here (an 8 minute presentation plus another two of questions from the on-stage critics). As a result we had numerous discussions with potential licensees of the R2R platform, including GDSs, OTAs, vacation rental specialists and a variety of players in the business and corporate travel space.

Feedback from these companies and the many others we talked to during our US visit will help us refine and extend the R2R platform over the coming months. Stay tuned for more…