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>News >St. Pete man creates app to help travelers stay organized when planning group trips

As travel demand picks up, group trips are on the horizon again and a St. Pete entrepreneur hopes his new app will make planning a little easier.

The app Takeoff just launched last week to help plan itineraries and split payments for group travel. The startup’s founder and CEO Chase Harris said his own rescheduled group trips due to the pandemic made him realize there was a gap to fill.

“A lot of, like, my bachelor parties and group trips like that got pushed to 2021, which ultimately caused me to have about eight or nine bachelor parties that I had to attend in that year,” said Harris. “Then I just started noticing the common theme of unorganization. It’s really hard to split the payments, even with these other apps that are out there for the big-ticket items within the itinerary.”

Harris and his team are based in St. Pete and attended the technology conference the Synapse Summit last week in Tampa to promote the new app’s launch on Feb. 17. He explained how the app works…