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Startups

A Big Bet on ‘Mystery Vacations’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A London startup is betting that travelers will take mystery vacations, learning their destinations at the airport. A Czech travel agency raises $100 million for expansion. And other venture capital and funding news this week.

A Big Bet on ‘Mystery Vacations’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Startups

The Problems in Mondee’s Plan to Go Public

The air travel aggregator is likely to get a $1 billion valuation in a merger with a special purpose acquisition company. But its disclosures are thin, and paint something less than a picture of certain success.

The Problems in Mondee’s Plan to Go Public

Short-Term Rentals

Why Sonder Faces a Long Road Back — And Vacasa May Be Next

The short-term rental manager says the changes will let it turn cash flow positive next year, but it may face a cash squeeze before it gets there. Watch out for the very similar Vacasa, too.

Why Sonder Faces a Long Road Back — And Vacasa May Be Next

Startups

Is There a Doctor On the Road? Travel Medicine Startup Raises $1.5 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Everyone has gotten sick on the road sometime. A startup says it can make telehealth the answer.

Is There a Doctor On the Road? Travel Medicine Startup Raises $1.5 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Startups

Denver Emerges as Travel Tech’s Hot New Hub

Technology clusters are hard to build, and make startups' lives easier when they happen. The CEO of a new company doing tech for Airbnb owners says he left San Francisco because he's found one in the Rockies. He's not alone.

Denver Emerges as Travel Tech’s Hot New Hub

Venture Capital

Data Firm Journera Raises Another $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Closely watched travel-data startup Journera raises another $10 million from big-name venture firms — and claims it can be profitable by next year. In a very different deal, an Alaskan airline is raising money online to fund expansion to Asia. Will it work? Since no major airline has tried it, it's hard to say.

Data Firm Journera Raises Another $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Travel Technology

Is Instagram the New Google for Travel? These Startups Say It Is

Startups like Tripscout, which just raised $10 million in venture capital, and Curacity say Instagram is the Next Big Thing in selling travel, much as Google was in the 2000s. Companies like TripAdvisor were built largely on their prowess at search marketing. Investors are betting that a company like these will be next.

Is Instagram the New Google for Travel? These Startups Say It Is

Travel Technology

Electric Cars Hit the Road This Holiday Weekend But Charging Stations Still a Big Hurdle

Electric vehicles are easier to take on summer trips than ever, with the number of charging stations up two-thirds in the last year. But regions differ in availability.

Electric Cars Hit the Road This Holiday Weekend But Charging Stations Still a Big Hurdle

Startups

Swiss Travel Startup Chain4Travel Raises $4.5 Million for Blockchain: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Chain4Travel raised money to promote blockchain-based travel sales, but the track record of success is short and the technology's comparative advantage over what travel agencies use now remains to be proven.

Swiss Travel Startup Chain4Travel Raises $4.5 Million for Blockchain: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Mergers and Acquisitions

Beyonk Snaps Up Bookinghound to Create UK’s Biggest Seller of Attraction Tickets

This deal will unite Beyonk's capital access with technology and geographic reach Bookinghound has. Bookinghound's founder will stay on, as Beyonk's CEO leads the combined company.

Beyonk Snaps Up Bookinghound to Create UK’s Biggest Seller of Attraction Tickets