Evature, a leading provider of free-text search technology for the travel industry, announced at DEMO Spring 2012 the addition of Cruise Search capabilities to the EVA service.
EVA, a winner of the DEMO award for the most game-changing travel innovation at the PhoCusWright’s 2011 Travel Innovation Summit, is a revolutionary B2B service enabling travel companies to offer their customers the ability to search for travel using free text. Evature added cruise search capabilities to the EVA service that also supports flight and hotel search.
Based on EVA technology, iCruise.com, a cruise travel retailer, announced today the launch of Cruise Finder Plus, an industry first, free-text cruise search tool.
“We are constantly working to expand EVA’s capabilities to provide the most complete solution of natural language search for the travel industry,” says Barry Volinskey, Co-Founder of Evature. “We are very excited to work with innovative companies like iCruise.com to offer consumers with the best travel search experience.”
Cruise Finder Plus allows users to search in complete, natural-language phrases with as much detail as they like. For example, a search for: “Mediterranean cruises from Istanbul in July on a sailing ship” or “Disney cruises to Alaska on August 18” will return real-time search results just as if they had used traditional search methods.
“Web users can’t always express what they want the way they want like they can with a real travel agent,” says Uf Tukel, Co-President of iCruise.com parent WMPH Vacations. “Cruise Finder Plus lets them do that with immediate and accurate results.”
Evature demonstrated Cruise Finder Plus at DEMO Spring 2012, on April 18th-19th.
At the event Evature will also demonstrate an Android application enabling Hotel Search via voice. This application will become available to Open Source, making it easier for developers to add voice search capabilities to their mobile travel apps.
“We believe that voice is the most natural interface for mobile applications,” says Tal Weiss, Co-Founder of Evature. “We release our hotel search application to Open Source to stir a community effort to build better and more innovative travel applications.”
Evature’s Android Voice-Driven Hotel Search Application will become available in Open Source on April 30th.