Startups

Comtravo Raises $23 Million for Business Trip Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Comtravo Raises $23 Million for Business Trip Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $60 million in funding for a business travel management agency, a sightseeing and experiences agency, a white-label travel insurance provider, a short-term rental manager that uses master leases in Asia, and a student travel service.

5 days ago

Fountain Raises $23 Million for Hospitality Recruitment: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Fountain Raises $23 Million for Hospitality Recruitment: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $437 million in funding. Blockchain-based identify management, hospitality worker recruitment, airline distribution, attractions ticketing, and short-term rental property management were some of the hot concepts attracting investors.

2 weeks ago

The Battle Over Tours and Activities Reservation Systems Rages On

The Battle Over Tours and Activities Reservation Systems Rages On

Sean O'Neill, Skift

FareHarbor and Bokun act as if they're unstoppably on the way to becoming giants. But the market for booking systems for sightseeing and experience operators remains very much in flux.

2 weeks ago

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Forecasting the Future of Business Travel in Asia

Forecasting the Future of Business Travel in Asia

Travelstop + Skift

As business travel surges in APAC, the tech tools needed to manage that travel have fallen behind. But new innovations — like those from Travelstop — are beginning to meet the ever-changing needs of this soon-to-be $900 billion market.

3 months ago

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Venture capitalists are turning their sights on airline distribution. Duffel's backing by VC firms Index and Benchmark brings hope to the sector. New ideas and technologies may help create more efficient and user-friendly ways for travel agencies to access airline data to sell tickets and other products.

2 weeks ago

Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

Melissa Cheok and Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg

We'll believe it when we see actual passengers in real flying taxis that authorities have approved as safe.

2 weeks ago

Blueground Raises $50 Million for Extended-Stay Lodging: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Blueground Raises $50 Million for Extended-Stay Lodging: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $64 million in funding. Investors backed innovations in extended-stay lodging, food waste management, voice-powered instructions for airline and hotel workers, help for distressed visitors in India, and event planning tools.

3 weeks ago

An In-Depth Look at Hotel Chain Oyo’s Financials and Strategy: New Skift Research

An In-Depth Look at Hotel Chain Oyo’s Financials and Strategy: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Oyo promises a new type of hotel company. It’s an asset-light brand that seeks to connect the global long tail of mom-and-pop hotels through its tech and distribution platform. But can it live up to the hype? Skift Research dives deep into Oyo’s business strategy and financial performance.

3 weeks ago

July Raises $7 Million for Better Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

July Raises $7 Million for Better Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Melbourne, Australia-based luggage maker July was one of several travel startups that announced collectively more than $21 million in funding this week.

4 weeks ago

SoftBank Invests in Brazil’s Buser: Travel Startup Funding This Week

SoftBank Invests in Brazil’s Buser: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

By investing in bus booking company Buser, SoftBank continues to add travel-related startups to its portfolio of investments, despite reports of trouble due to its investments in WeWork and Uber that have not met its expectations. Plus, we have this week's news of funding for the startups Jiudianbang, Lyte, Situm, and Skyroam.

1 month ago

Hotels Are Finding Cheaper Ways to Connect to Tech Vendors

Hotels Are Finding Cheaper Ways to Connect to Tech Vendors

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotel tech innovation has been partly hampered by high tolls that property management systems charge for accessing critical data. Impala, Hapi, and other companies hope to bring that connectivity cost down, which could be a windfall for vendors.

1 month ago

Aero Raises $16 Million for Air Service for Millennials: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Aero Raises $16 Million for Air Service for Millennials: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, the startups Aero, TravelBank, Impala, Quicko, and Fyle together announced more than $45 million in funding.

1 month ago