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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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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Announcing Skift’s Air Pitch Startup Competition

Announcing Skift’s Air Pitch Startup Competition

Accenture Amadeus Alliance + Skift

We teamed up with the Accenture Amadeus Alliance to give travel industry startups a platform to pitch their innovative solutions at our premier startup competition.

6 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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

Rental Management Firm Hostmaker Raises $5 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Rental Management Firm Hostmaker Raises $5 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Flipping property management companies may become the new house flipping — if larger startups like Hostmaker start acquiring smaller ones, as we expect they will.

3 months ago

Expense Management Startup Divvy Raises $35 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Expense Management Startup Divvy Raises $35 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Divvy launched in April, and it may already be valued at $150 million. One possible lesson for other startups is that customers may be eager for simple, one-stop interfaces because they're facing "dashboard fatigue" from having to check too many other online systems.

3 months ago

Walk a Few Miles and Earn Points: New Location-Based Loyalty Program Launches

Walk a Few Miles and Earn Points: New Location-Based Loyalty Program Launches

Grant Martin, Skift

A new loyalty program aims to reward travelers for everything from taking a walk to road tripping across the country. But will users find the rewards to be worth the cost of sharing their location data?

3 months ago