Month: April 2017

Best destinations for Spring in Poland

Poland is a beautiful country all year round, but there is something about Spring that makes it unusually beautiful. And since the “long weekend” is coming up in this gorgeous country we want to introduce you a few ideas for a spring tour around this wonderful country.   Tatry The highest mountains of Poland are by many considered the most beautiful ones. Not only there are many beautiful towns in the area of the Tatra Mountains (especially Zakopane, which attracts tourists 365 days a year), but the mountains themselves are absolutely gorgeous, especially in the spring when multicolored flowers are starting to blossom. Especially beautiful is Chochołowska Valley, where in May thousands of purple crocuses attract hundreds of tourists!     Kraków One of the most beautiful cities in Poland has been delighting visitors for ages, and in the spring it takes on some extraordinary charm that makes it even more beautiful. Wawel Castle, the Vistula river, the Main Market Square and all the small streets where you can get lost are captivating and put …

UEFA Champions League for travellers

Do you love sports as much as you love travelling? Would you like to visit one of the cities in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League but don’t know what’s worth seeing? We are here to help! Today on our blog we will do a quick run-down of the three cities that are in the semi-finals.   Madrid The capital city of Spain is also one of the most popular cities in Europe. It is also home of Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, two out of four teams in the semi-finals. Here the royal residences as well as some of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in the country have been erected. To this day many of them are preserved and they are undoubtedly a priceless treasure of Spanish culture and art. Among most important of them are: Palacio Real de Madrid: the Royal Palace Iglesia de San Nicolas de las Servitas: the church built in the XII century Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales: monastery located near the famous Puerta del Sol Fuente …

Bengaluru – the city of many names

The Garden City, the Silicon Valley of India, the Science City of India, the Pensioner’s Paradise… Bengaluru (previously known as Bangalore) has many names. And although the city has changed a great deal over the years, it still captivates tourists from all over the world with its unique personality.   Garden City There is a legend that says that the ruler of the Mysore kingdom in the XVII century liked the city’s climate so much, that he decided to plant in it a garden in honor of his sister. The construction of the garden ended up being finished by his son. This is how the Lalbagh Botanical Garden (the Red Garden) was created. Today it is one of India’s most popular botanical gardens with the largest collection of tropical plants in the country and a beautiful glass house where two flower shows take place each year, one in January and the other in August. Once upon a time, Bengal was the city of many gardens, which over time have been displaced by the concrete jungle, …

What makes a startup?

Lately, the term “startup” is used increasingly more often, describing more companies in more areas. But what exactly is a startup? In most definitions startup is a relatively new company created to solve an existing problem or to bring completely new technologies to the market, that could disturb it in a significant way.   While generally the term is associated with smaller companies, size is not a defining feature of startups. The most important features are: – High stakes – Uncertainty of success If our idea is successful, we can become real leaders in the market and make huge profits, but in the case of startups only about 10% are able to survive the first year of activity!   So, startups come in all shapes and sizes.   A very important feature of startup owners is the ability to adapt to change. Continuous improvement is a key to success. You should test your product on daily basis and change as you go along, whenever you see a flaw. Adaptability will help to ensure your product …

Easter traditions from around the World

Easter is just around the corner, so today we decided to introduce you to some of our favorite (and most fun) Easter traditions!   Egg hunts They take place in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Switzerland, India, Philippines, and Australia. Parents hide eggs and sweets for children to find. Sometimes around the house, sometimes outdoors to make it even more fun!     Kite flying In Bermuda, on Good Friday, children fly colorful kites they make themselves. The tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher tried to explain Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his class. He made a kite shaped like a cross, to illustrate it. Ever since then children make gorgeous kites with colorful tissue paper, long tails, wood or metal, and string.   Egg decorating A popular tradition around the World, especially in Europe. Before Easter, children (and many adults!) decorate eggs they later put in their Easter baskets. There are many ways to do it, such as painting, carving, dyeing, and even sprinkling them with glitter! …

The war of the cities – Florence vs Bologna

Italy is a magical country, full of amazing landscapes and breathtaking cities. As the cradle of European civilization is a very important place on the map of the old continent. Hundreds of Italian cities every year delight visitors, but today we will focus on two of them, often recognized not only as the most beautiful cities of Italy but of the whole Europe – Florence and Bologna. We will show you both cities and let you choose the one that suits you best! Florence There is no doubt that Florence is an unusual city. The capital of Tuscany is known for its enormous number of historical monuments, all of which delight the visitor. Precisely because Florence has hundreds of beautiful sights, it is important not to try to see them all. Choose a few of them and spend the rest of your time on quiet walks around the city. On the way you will see amazing places and you will get rid of the pressure. What do you really need to see when visiting Florence? …

Bidroom at the NTT Conference

On March 31 our representatives took part in the NTT Conference in Gdańsk.   The NTT (New Trends in Tourism) Conference is one of the biggest events in Poland uniting the tourism industry. Organized in the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk it is an incredibly important event for hoteliers, OTAs and marketers, where new directions for the industry are being set.   This year we felt honored that Bidroom could be one of the speakers at the conference. We could talk about our vision and the new business model. Our presentation took place at 12:30 on the novelty stage and we are happy to say it was very well received.     It was especially inspiring to be surrounded by some of the leading Polish marketing and hospitality specialists. Among many others were Monika Czaplicka, Paweł Tkaczyk and Jacek Kotarbiński, while the entire conference was led by one of the top Polish journalists, Jarosław Kuźniar.   The extremely positive atmosphere of the conference was contagious. We had the opportunity to meet many interesting, active people …

Feria de Abril – the spring fair you have to visit

Two weeks after the end of Semana Santa (the Holy Week) an incredibly colorful celebration starts in the city of Seville, Spain, and lasts for a whole week. The Spring Fair, known as the Feria de Abril is a beautiful celebration that shows the unique culture of this region of the country.   The fiesta takes place in Los Remedios area and attracts thousands of tourists not only from Spain but from all around the World. There are not many better occasions to get to know the spanish folklore than this week full of dance, food and drinks.     The citizens of Seville dress up in traditional andalusian outfits and flamenco dresses making the ambience of the city simply magical. The Real de la Feria area is entirely occupied by tents, called casetas. They are various size pavilions owned by wealthy sevillian families, local companies or the city itself. If you don’t have the invitation to one of the pavilions you can alway enter one of the six casetas municipiales, the city-owned tents. Inside …

Bidroom.com the Finalist of Start-up Innovation Camp

We’re extremely proud to inform that Bidroom.com has made it to the finals of the Start-up Innovation Camp at the 2017 World Travel Forum Lucerne. Our platform is one of four start-ups left on the battlefield in its category. The winner will be announced at the World Travel Forum in Switzerland, which will be held between the 2nd and the 5th of May. The Start-up Innovation Camp has been looking for the most innovative business models around the world every year since 2009. “As the major driving force for structural changes, Innovation ensures a high competitiveness and resistance. Most of the recent changes within the travel, tourism & hospitality industry have been driven by Start-Ups. New business models challenge and replace traditional companies and redesign the tourism landscape by creating promising and innovative solutions” – says the WTFL’s website. The winner will receive 20,000 CHF (approximately 20,000 USD) to go along with free coaching services for the next two years. Keep your fingers crossed for Bidroom.com! Such an award would not only bring us a …