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This Week in Travel Startup Funding: Routehappy, Vulog and More

Skift Take

As mega online travel agency Expedia invests millions of dollars in technology that it hopes will improve the user experience it looks like Routehappy, which Expedia uses, has investors who know what they’re doing.

— Dan Peltier

weekly_startup_fundingEach week we roundup the latest crop of travel startups that have received or announced funding that week. The total amount raised this week was $16.9 million.

Here are five companies that announced they raised funding this week, listed in order by the highest amount raised. See previous roundups here.

>>Vulog raised a $9.4 million Venture round from several new investors including FCPR Fonds Entrepreneurial, Opus and Conseil Plus Gestion bringing the Nice, France-based startups total funding to $11.1 million.

Vulog offers in-car technology and a modular software platform that allows vehicle owners to implement public and corporate car sharing services covering vehicles used for round-trip, one-way and free-floating car sharing. The company currently supplies its solution in Europe and North America to car rental companies, public transportation operators and fleet managers.

>>Routehappy raised a $3 million Series B round from new investor PAR Capital Ventures and existing investors iNovia Capital and Contour Venture Partners bringing the New York City-based startup’s total funding to $8.3 million.

Routehappy will use the new funding to launch its Routehappy Hub for airline and distributor customers as airlines integrate targeted content into their sales and marketing channels. Routehappy rates flights worldwide and provides ratings for amenities like seats, entertainment, Wi-Fi, power and fresh food by flight to help travelers compare flight options. The company was founded in 2011 and said it’s approaching one billion queries to its Scores & Amenities API ratings.

>>Book2Meet raised a $2.5 million Seed round from new investor WorldStone Ventures.

Book2Meet is based in Brussels, Belgium and was founded in 2011 as a real-time meetings space booking site. The site has more than 5,500 locations representing over 30,000 bookable meeting spaces mainly in Benelux, France; Germany and the U.K. Book2Meet also handles meeting planning, sourcing, travel and bedroom reservations offline for corporate partners.

>>Bidflyer raised a $1 million Seed round from an undisclosed investor.

The Tel Aviv, Israel startup was founded in 2014 and is a real-time bidding platform for airfares.

>>RoomKey Technologies raised a $1 million Seed round from new investors Horizon Partners, 500 Mobile Collective and 500 Startups.

Founded in 2014, the San Francisco, California-based startup provides a mobile solution for hotels with a native mobile app. This combines beacon technology enabling guests to control their entire stays with a mobile device. RoomKey allows guests to book a stay and check-in and select their own rooms before arrival. Upon arrival, guests proceed directly to their rooms and use their smartphones as room keys.

 

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