Articles by Sean O'Neill

Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If you think you've been getting a lot of push notifications from travel companies, you ain't seen nothing yet. Companies like Urban Airship are aiming to make the most of this path for reaching travelers.

7 hours ago

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cleartrip is the second-place competitor against MakeMyTrip in India's online travel war. Its acquisition of Flyin signals a shift in its focus to the Middle Eastern market, where the price wars are less fierce.

23 hours ago

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The latest investment comes just in time for Peek, a maker of enterprise software. Its rivals FareHarbor and Bokun have recently been snapped up by larger acquirers Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor. Clocks are ticking.

3 days ago

Hotel Tech Consolidation Ramps Up With This Software Merger

Hotel Tech Consolidation Ramps Up With This Software Merger

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Industry pressure in the hotel technology sector is leading to more technology roll-ups. Expect this to be one of many announcements in the next 18 months.

4 days ago

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GetYourGuide is betting that travelers will prefer to book GetYourGuide-branded tours over locally branded ones. This diagonal integration echoes marketing moves made by Oyo in hotels and RedAwning in lodging rentals. But will it work?

4 days ago

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Public campgrounds were already an alternative form of travel. But now there's "alternative alternative travel." Meet the startup Hipcamp, which is like an Airbnb for privately-owned campsites and hosted experiences.

1 week ago

4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice, and Amazon

4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice, and Amazon

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What do Amazon's Alexa, personalization, and the tech arms race have in common? They were common refrains overheard this week at our inaugural Skift Tech Forum in Silicon Valley.

1 week ago

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

German startup Volocopter seeks to raise more money to build drone-like helicopters for ferrying passengers. We tend to be skeptical of toys for the rich like this — even if this editor wants to fly one.

2 weeks ago

Turkish Airlines Sees Weaker Demand Growth in Sign of Tourism Slowdown

Turkish Airlines Sees Weaker Demand Growth in Sign of Tourism Slowdown

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

The national carrier that's known as Turkish Airlines is seeing passenger demand weaken. Looks like forecasts of a boom in Turkish tourism this summer were overplayed.

2 weeks ago

How the Indian Government Could Successfully Sell Air India

How the Indian Government Could Successfully Sell Air India

Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg

On Friday the Indian government is considering having to infuse cash into Air India to give salaries to airline workers unpaid for the month of April. Hopefully, that will motivate the government to be more practical about how to sell the carrier. But we're doubtful.

2 weeks ago

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's roundup of travel startup funding includes a Paris-based travel distribution technology company, a San Francisco-based corporate travel booking tool, and a London-based maker of property management software.

2 weeks ago

London’s Luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Suffers Severe Fire Damage

London’s Luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Suffers Severe Fire Damage

Associated Press

London's fire department responded quickly and effectively. But this event is a reminder that the world's major cities need to have more frequent drills in case of emergencies.

2 weeks ago