Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is Skift's senior hospitality editor, reporting on hotels. Send him news tips at [email protected]. He's been a full-time journalist for two decades. He lives in Washington, D.C. Stop him before he starts another home improvement project.

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Online Travel

Tour Booking Platform Rezdy Raises $1.8 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

It has been a big week for small players, as investors placed bets on startups in these sectors: tours-and-activities, ground transportation, Brazilian flight booking, and digital marketing.

Tour Booking Platform Rezdy Raises $1.8 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Online Travel

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch in 2017

Here are innovative young travel companies, from Medellín to Beijing, that are poised to achieve escape velocity.

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch in 2017

Business Travel

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Corporate Booking Tools

Corporate-booking technology vendors Serko and Concur plan to add natural language bots to their tools. Other players are likely to follow.

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Corporate Booking Tools

Online Travel

Four Small Online Travel Companies That Are Going International

Venture capital firms are turbo-charging the European expansion of the Dutch group Otravo and the French startup MisterFly. Elsewhere, Rehlat and Jumia Travel are taking flight.

Four Small Online Travel Companies That Are Going International

Online Travel

GuestToGuest Gets $35 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Let's hope that GuestToGuest's bet on home-swapping ends better than General Catalyst's $15 million investment in Couchsurfing did. Plus, two startups — Hostmaker and Travis — raised money.

GuestToGuest Gets $35 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ground Transport

Hertz’s Latest Twist Is Adding Private Driver Services From Blacklane

Everyone has had a rental car nightmare — lost bookings, mysterious dents, or surprise fees. But rental car companies now face a nightmare of their own in fierce car-sharing competition. Expect Hertz's Blacklane deal to be one of many initiatives as it copes.

Hertz’s Latest Twist Is Adding Private Driver Services From Blacklane

Hotels

Vacation Rental Company TurnKey Raises $21 Million

Just as entrepreneurs once sold pickaxes to prospectors in the California gold rush, TurnKey is one of many companies selling services to property owners in today's vacation rental gold rush.

Vacation Rental Company TurnKey Raises $21 Million

Online Travel

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

Making things predictable — such as train ticket confirmations, airport security lines, mobile phone data fees, how to get from point to point, and the effect of events on hotel demand — is a theme of this batch of startups.

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

Hotels

RedAwning Adds a Struggling VaycayHero to Its Branded Vacation Rental Network

Airbnb, Booking.com, and other giants in vacation rental bookings aren't providing the branding and technology needed by professional property managers in resort destinations. RedAwning's model points to one of several ways to fill the gap.

RedAwning Adds a Struggling VaycayHero to Its Branded Vacation Rental Network

Online Travel

Klook Raises $30 Million for Attractions Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Two success stories this week: Last year Klook helped travelers book more than five million attractions and activities, making it Asia's booking leader. Meanwhile, major airlines have been adding LocusLabs' maps to their apps at a torrid pace.

Klook Raises $30 Million for Attractions Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week