Startups

Setoo Raises $9.3 Million for Insurance Innovation: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Setoo Raises $9.3 Million for Insurance Innovation: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Setoo is helping to pioneer a wave of customized protection products, such as letting travelers buy coverage to get money back if there's not enough snow during a ski trip. The new products could provide more upselling opportunities for travel suppliers and online agencies.

3 days ago

Beekeeper Raises $13 Million for Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Beekeeper Raises $13 Million for Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Beekeeper is joining Expedia-owned Alice, Amadeus-owned HotSOS, and fast-growing Quore in helping boost the effectiveness of hospitality worker communication.

1 week ago

Tour Booking Startup Evaneos Raises $80 Million

Tour Booking Startup Evaneos Raises $80 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Overtourism is a struggle facing many destinations. Companies like Evaneos, which connects travelers with off-the-beaten-track tours and activities, may go some way to addressing the issue.

2 weeks ago

TripCreator Raises $8 Million for Itinerary Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripCreator Raises $8 Million for Itinerary Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, itinerary tool TripCreator, luggage maker Paravel, and travel distribution software maker Duffel all announced funding rounds.

2 weeks ago

Mobile-First Booking Startup HotelTonight Expands to Desktop

Mobile-First Booking Startup HotelTonight Expands to Desktop

Sean O'Neill, Skift

HotelTonight is no longer a mobile-only company. It's no longer just for same-day stays, as its name once implied. Investors seem to want no potential income left on the table, even if the brand must lose some of its original distinctiveness.

3 weeks ago

Kimkim Raises $3.7 Million for Agent Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Kimkim Raises $3.7 Million for Agent Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kimkim, Travello, and Travelstop together announced more than $8.5 million in funding this week. The leisure travel agency, the social travel model, and the business travel booking tool, respectively, are each seeing new twists.

3 weeks ago

Black Travel Founders Wary of Investment If It Means Loss of Control

Black Travel Founders Wary of Investment If It Means Loss of Control

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Venture capital has definite appeal for founders looking to scale faster, but some black travel entrepreneurs would rather avoid that discriminatory world.

4 weeks ago

Video: Sojern CEO Is Intensely Watching Amazon’s Rising Advertising Business

Video: Sojern CEO Is Intensely Watching Amazon’s Rising Advertising Business

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the most interesting man in the world. Well, not really, but Sojern CEO Mark Rabe thinks Amazon's developing digital advertising business is the most interesting trend he's tracking. He could be right.

4 weeks ago

Homelike Raises $14 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Homelike Raises $14 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The market for long-term serviced apartments is being dragged, thankfully, into the digital era by companies like Homelike. Plus: Funding news for Roomex, FunNow, Vntrip, and Roto Travel.

1 month ago

Evolve Raises $80 Million for Vacation Rental Management Tech

Evolve Raises $80 Million for Vacation Rental Management Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacation rental management is becoming professionalized, and the gold rush is on.

1 month ago

KuaiBangXing Links Chinese Travelers With Activities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

KuaiBangXing Links Chinese Travelers With Activities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

KuaiBangXing, an activities booking startup, focuses on making it easier for Chinese visitors to North America to sample tours and attractions. It sets up guided transportation between outings, and it lets customers pay with China's popular WeChat Pay system.

1 month ago

Investors Bet Millions More in China: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Investors Bet Millions More in China: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

China's travel startup scene is less well covered in Western media due to the language barrier, but is nonetheless just as vibrant as the West's.

2 months ago