Evaneos competes with traditional tour operators by providing a marketplace for tailored travel experiences that claims to cut out the middle-person - that is, the tour operators and major travel agencies - by connecting travellers directly with a community of local travel agents. Through the site you can browse a range of holiday ideas, then contact a local agent living in the destination country to design a tailor-made itinerary. Evaneos counts 650 partner agencies who operate locally in 150 countries, offering, says the company, “premium expertise without the premium price tag.” The draw for consumers is more personalized travel experiences, while local agencies benefit from an additional source of direct revenue, retaining more income for the local economy. Of course, in a sense, Evaneos is the new middle-person, just a less hungry one. Get the full story at TechCrunch