Startups

Travel Startups Work With Breakthrough Technologies That Could Threaten Industry Leaders

Travel Startups Work With Breakthrough Technologies That Could Threaten Industry Leaders

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and blockchain, have yet to make the leap from buzzword to mainstay, but have the potential to disrupt travel incumbents. The big players will have ample opportunity to adapt, though, and leading startups can play a role in helping executives grapple with when and how to implement these technologies.

5 days ago

Vacation Rental Search Startups Face Intensifying Rivalry

Vacation Rental Search Startups Face Intensifying Rivalry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tripping, a leader among vacation rental price-comparison startups, is facing fierce competition from rivals like HomeToGo, Holidu, and Hundredrooms thanks to a flurry of fundings in the past year.

1 week ago

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New Skift Infographic: State of Travel Startups 2018

New Skift Infographic: State of Travel Startups 2018

Amadeus + Skift

What matters most to travel startup leaders? Our interactive infographic illustrates the key findings from Skift's State of Startups Survey, created in collaboration with Amadeus. See the results.

2 weeks ago

New Skift Research Report: Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel 2018

New Skift Research Report: Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel 2018

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in travel startups in 2017. The industry is no stranger to disruption, but we may be seeing some of the greatest changes of the last two decades. Our latest research report is a deep dive into these emerging trends with insights for founders, incumbents, and investors.

2 weeks ago

Chrome River Raises $35 Million for Expense Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Chrome River Raises $35 Million for Expense Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It would be bad if Chrome River spent all of its newfound money on travel and entertainment. But at least it would be able to expense it efficiently if it did.

2 weeks ago

Airwallex Closes $19 Million Round for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Airwallex Closes $19 Million Round for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, startups raised funding to help simplify cross-border transactions, lend consumers money to book travel, offer airport valet services, map interior spaces, automate back-office processes for rental property managers, and split the booking of multiple-night hotel stays. They'll have a happy New Year for sure.

4 weeks ago

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Cracking the Code: Taking a Closer Look At Travel Startup Business Models

Cracking the Code: Taking a Closer Look At Travel Startup Business Models

Amadeus + Skift

Much of the success of a travel startup hinges on its business model. A new Skift and Amadeus travel startup survey found that subscription-based, personalized pricing and unbundling models show the most promise to those in the space.

1 month ago

OTA Insight Raises $20 Million for Hotel Rate Analysis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

OTA Insight Raises $20 Million for Hotel Rate Analysis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Who needs Santa? This week investors announced more than $179.5 million in funding for startups that specialize in hotel revenue management, baggage transport, and online travel services.

1 month ago

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The Tech Innovations Most Anticipated By Travel Startups

The Tech Innovations Most Anticipated By Travel Startups

Amadeus + Skift

Tech innovations like blockchain, AI and machine learning have the potential to change the way travel companies do business. Some already demonstrate significant promise in the effect they’ll likely have on the space, while others are still mostly hype. A new survey by Amadeus and Skift looked at how individuals in the travel startup sector actually feel about the utilities of these emerging tech tools.

1 month ago

Mafengwo Raises $133 Million as a Booking App for Chinese Millennials

Mafengwo Raises $133 Million as a Booking App for Chinese Millennials

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mafengwo gained traction among millennials partly due to China having banned Facebook and Instagram. A lack of competition gave the company room to be a place where young Chinese can share travel photos, and that attracted new customers to look at the company's bookable travel offerings.

1 month ago

MyVR Raises $6 Million for Rental Property Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

MyVR Raises $6 Million for Rental Property Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Two startups aiming to help vacation rental property managers, one that helps hoteliers market their neighborhood's attractions to guests, and one that helps give business travelers cash back on purchases together raised $18 million this week.

1 month ago

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Five Challenges Keeping Travel Startup Leaders Up At Night

Five Challenges Keeping Travel Startup Leaders Up At Night

Amadeus + Skift

What keeps travel startup founders up at night? According to the results of our new travel startup survey, fledgling travel businesses face a variety of obstacles, including finding the right people, misunderstanding market dynamics, weak business models and challenges with data complexity.

2 months ago