Startups

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Deanna Ting, Skift

... And here comes Airbnb Lux.

1 month ago

Dreamlines Raises $19 Million for Its Cruise Site: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Dreamlines Raises $19 Million for Its Cruise Site: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The bar for success is higher than usual for these companies because of their unlikeliness: an online seller of cruise trips, a traditional "high street" travel agency, a network of freelance photographers, and a maker of eyewear that records 360-degree-video.

1 month ago

5 Travel Startups Rethinking Car Rentals Beyond Sharing

5 Travel Startups Rethinking Car Rentals Beyond Sharing

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A cluster of comparatively under-the-radar startups have caught our notice: Two let travelers book specific cars on lots rather than broad vehicle categories (like "compact"), two are bringing metasearch to car rentals, and one is a hidden jewel of Hawaii's tech scene.

1 month ago

TravelTriangle and Lola Each Raise $10 Million More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TravelTriangle and Lola Each Raise $10 Million More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, TravelTriangle, an India-based online marketplace for travelers and agents, receives a fresh round of funding that brings its total raised to $19.9 million, while Lola, Paul English's startup for giving travel agents technological superpowers, has added $10 million to its Series B.

2 months ago

Hotelbeds Plans to Buy Tourico Holidays to Expand in the Americas

Hotelbeds Plans to Buy Tourico Holidays to Expand in the Americas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotelbeds has an outstanding market position on the strength of its booking technology. The plan to acquire Tourico shows that its financial backers, particularly buyout firm Cinven, see a path to growth. Expect further acquisitions that add new supplier relationships in new market segments.

2 months ago

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

Sean O'Neill, Skift

India's public company stars MakeMyTrip and Yatra get all the attention in travel. But several startups have the execution chops and the support of experts like Sequoia Capital and Amadeus to thrive in providing services to the country's online population, now numbering more than 400 million.

2 months ago

Oasis Receives $2.5 Million for Its Hotel-Style Home Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Oasis Receives $2.5 Million for Its Hotel-Style Home Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Last year, AccorHotels took a 30 percent equity share in Oasis, a curated marketplace for luxury rental properties, while also investing in similar concepts like OneFineStay and Squarebreak. This week Oasis received $2.5 million from an "undisclosed investor." We wonder who might that be.

2 months ago

iCars Buys Limos.com in Crowded Corporate Travel Ground Transport Market

iCars Buys Limos.com in Crowded Corporate Travel Ground Transport Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The iCars merger with Limos.com makes the combined company a viable competitor against Blacklane and GroundLink, leaders in private car aggregation for corporate travelers. But all the companies need to step up their games. They need to deliver consistently quick responses to real-time bookings at multiple destinations via consumer-grade mobile apps.

2 months ago

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Chinese travel startups are innovating, not cloning, these days. For instance, Zanadu is using virtual reality to sell luxury travel in real world shops, Baoku is bringing integrated workflows to corporate travel planners, and Aipinji is applying an Uber-like user interface to an old-school wholesaler model.

2 months ago

TripActions Raises $14 Million to Trim Rogue Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripActions Raises $14 Million to Trim Rogue Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripActions' funding adds buzz to a category of startups aiming to incentivize travelers to book travel more cheaply, while Bluesmart's fresh funding validates the electronic luggage category.

2 months ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

2 months ago

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Stay Alfred's $15 million Series A funding may pale next to the roughly $3 billion that Airbnb has raised. But the company — which services apartment rentals and aims for hotel-quality service — is part of a thriving wave of vendors providing an ecosystem of services around short-term urban rentals.

2 months ago