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Air Doctor, Hotelmize, and Huilianyi Get Backing Despite Crisis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Air Doctor, Hotelmize, and Huilianyi Get Backing Despite Crisis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups Air Doctor (which helps travelers find doctors overseas), Hotelmize (which helps bedbanks automatically rebook hotel rooms when rates drop), and Huilianyi (a business travel expense manager), announced rounds of investment this week, in a bit of good news.

33 mins ago

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Travel is a long-term megatrend because all across the globe people appreciate the value that it brings to their lives. This holds true across a vast range of human differences — cultural, geographical, religious, historical, generational, and more.

3 days ago

Travel Agency MisterFly Slams Airlines for Delayed or Denied Refunds

Travel Agency MisterFly Slams Airlines for Delayed or Denied Refunds

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Everyone in the travel industry is frustrated right now with much of the world frozen up. But Nicolas Brumelot, the co-founder and president of travel startup Misterfly, speaks for many agencies frustrated by alleged delays in refunds by some airlines.

7 days ago

Lilium Raises $240 Million for Flying Taxis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Lilium Raises $240 Million for Flying Taxis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Take a break from all the bad news and dream about flying taxis.

1 week ago

Separating Hype From Emerging Tech’s Real Shortcomings Post-Crisis: New Skift Research

Separating Hype From Emerging Tech’s Real Shortcomings Post-Crisis: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Not all tech is worth the hype. But then again, the current crisis will likely accelerate the adoption of some worthwhile emerging technologies. It’s important to know how this will impact the travel industry. We’ve set out the most important technologies to help you burst that hype bubble.

1 week ago

From Crisis Will Come Eventual Opportunity for Venture Capital in Travel: New Skift Research

From Crisis Will Come Eventual Opportunity for Venture Capital in Travel: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We are headed into a winter for travel startups. But travel won't be gone forever. And history teaches us that startups are often the first to pinpoint our industry’s new direction as we exit a crisis.

1 week ago

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups Bimble and Pruvo announced they had raised more than $1 million each in funding, despite the coronavirus crisis. Keep hope alive.

2 weeks ago

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

There are so many technologies that can and will impact the travel industry, but it's hard to poke through all the hype and see what will fundamentally change the future of travel. We investigate four technology buckets with the largest potential.

2 weeks ago

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next

Sean O'Neill, Skift

From short-term rentals to tours and activities to corporate travel, here are pockets of the travel tech startup sector to follow closely in the weeks ahead.

2 weeks ago

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

Douglas Busvine, Reuters

GetYourGuide top boss Johannes Reck said coronavirus may inflict a "nuclear winter" on the travel industry this year but that it has the resources to withstand the blow. Omio, Flixbus, and other European travel startups also are hoping for the best.

3 weeks ago

Cloudbeds Raises $82 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cloudbeds Raises $82 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cloudbeds' ability to raise $82 million validates both its strategy and the broader hospitality tech sector. Other notable fundings this week include Checkfront, which helps tours-and-activities operators handle bookings and payments, and SuitePad, which supplies digital tablets to hotel guest rooms.

3 weeks ago

Yonder Raises $4 Million for Nature Travel: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Yonder Raises $4 Million for Nature Travel: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Yonder, Airside, GogoBus, and TPConnects announced investments this week, showing that startup funding continued despite the recent global coronavirus crisis.

4 weeks ago