The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel 2017

Airbnb, Marriott, and others are changing the way we see the world in 2017.

The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel 2017
Carnival: For bringing high-tech wearables to the high seas. [Photo: courtesy of Carnival Cruises]

The past year in travel has been marked by consolidation: Marriott created the world’s largest hotel company with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels; Paris-based AccorHotels took over the luxury portfolio of Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel; and China’s ambitious Ctrip booking platform announced its global ambitions by taking over the U.K.-based travel search engine Skyscanner.


But even as the dominant players grow stronger and bolder, new ideas are bubbling up all over that promise to change the way we experience the world. Airbnb is now applying its host-based brand of travel to tours and adventures, while new startup Lola brings chatbots into the once-stagnant booking process. Carnival Corporation is demonstrating how wearables and sensors can turn a mega-ship into a personal playground, and upstart carrier Norwegian Air is proving that low-cost transatlantic flights are viable. The 10 companies on this list—players both big and small—are transforming the travel industry and shaping its future.

Click on a company to learn more about why it made the list.

01. Airbnb

For putting a world of sophisticated experiences at our fingertips

02. Marriott

For prioritizing loyalty while becoming a mega company

03. Vail Resorts

For cultivating powder hounds from across the globe


04. Ctrip

For becoming the all-in-one travel platform for Chinese travelers

05. GoEuro

For pulling planes, trains, and automobiles into a booking platform

06. Norwegian Air

For ushering in a new era of affordable transatlantic travel

07. AccorHotels

For embracing bold hospitality brands

08. Beautiful Destinations

For evolving into a creative agency that optimizes for wanderlust


09. Carnival Corporation

For bringing high-tech wearables to the high seas

10. Lola

For giving travel agents a welcome AI boost

This article is part of our coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.