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AI Startup WayBlazer Awes the “Lion’s Den” at ARDA World 2017 Pitch Competition

April. 6, 2017 

WayBlazer, an artificial intelligence startup transforming online travel planning,  made a clean sweep during last week’s Lion’s DenDigital Meets Travel‘ pitch competition at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) 2017 Conference, winning the coveted “Top Innovator” and “People’s Choice” awards.

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Visit Orlando’s New Mobile App a First for Travelers

Aug. 25, 2016 

The No. 1 most visited destination in the U.S. – known for innovative vacation experiences – unveiled another “first” for visitors today with the beta launch of a destination mobile app that uses WayBlazer’s IBM Watson-enabled technology. 

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Hilton and IBM Pilot “Connie,” The World’s First Watson-Enabled Hotel Concierge

Mar. 9, 2016 

Hilton Worldwide and IBM today announced a collaboration to pilot “Connie” – the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the hospitality industry. Connie draws on domain knowledge from Watson and WayBlazer to inform guests on local tourist attractions, dining recommendations and hotel features and amenities. 

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The Leading Hotels of the World Taps IBM Watson to Launch Trip Discovery Tool on LHW.com

Mar. 2, 2016

The Leading Hotels of the World, a collection of uncommon luxury hotels, and WayBlazer, the world’s first cognitive travel platform, today announced the public beta launch of a sophisticated discovery tool on the Leading Hotels’ website that enables people to use natural dialogue while researching travel online.

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Visit Orlando claims app first – artificial intelligence and augmented reality in one

August 31, 2016

The tourism bureau says it has combined both augmented reality and artificial intelligence into a single app. The latter is using IBM Watson (powered by Wayblazer) technology to allow visitors to ask natural language questions about the destination.

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Visit Orlando turns to IBM’s Watson for new augmented reality app

August 29, 2016

Yo create the app, Visit Orlando partnered with WayBlazer, which is a Texas-based cognitive recommendation engine for the travel industry started by the founder of Travelocity, the chairman at Kayak and the former GM of IBM Watson.

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IBM Wants You to Know That AI is Not Futuristic — It’s Here Now

August 29, 2016

Two other ads in the “IBM Cloud” campaign feature customers including media company Refinery29 and WayBlazer, a cognitive recommendation engine for the travel industry, which are using cloud technology to grow their businesses and improve the customer experience.

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Tourists can seek aid from new app; Visit Orlando unveils interactive mobile tool

August 26, 2016

Users can ask conversational questions such as, “Where can I eat that has live music?” or, “Where can I find a scenic view in Orlando?” and get answers in real time. The app uses the WayBlazer artificial-intelligence platform to give users a more personalized navigation tool.

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New tourism app has IBM’s Watson guide you around Orlando

August 25, 2016

A new app, backed by the supercomputing power of IBM’s Watson, will tell you how to get the most out of every one of your minutes in the Sunshine State.

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How IBM Is Building A Business Around Watson

August 21, 2016

To date, the program has attracted over 550 partners, including Satisfi, which is Watson to help customers navigate retail spaces, Fluid, an online shopping assistant and, WayBlazer, and intelligent travel guide.

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IBM Case Study: WayBlazer

WayBlazer developed an online travel application that uses cognitive computing to interpret unstructured social sentiment, images and reviews across thousands of sites, then maximizes conversion and revenue by delivering specific answers and recommendations for each traveler.

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The 5-Minute Interview: Ivan Portilla, IT Architect at IBM

July 2016

The Interviews: Terry Jones, Founding CEO Travelocity.com

July 2016

4 technologies that will revolutionize mobile bookings in travel

July 5, 2016

By using the cognitive computing power of IBM’s Watson, WayBlazer is able to interpret search requests containing everyday language, which it then uses to scour the net in search of the most relevant, customized travel options.

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When a Robot Books Your Airline Ticket

May 30, 2016

WayBlazer and Watson’s cognitive technology are the brains behind Connie, a robot being tested at the Hilton in McLean, Va., outside Washington. Connie answers guests’ questions about amenities and services, and also suggests local attractions.

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