Startups

Sweet Inn Raises $22 Million for Serviced Vacation Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sweet Inn Raises $22 Million for Serviced Vacation Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups like Sweet Inn increasingly blur the lines between the hotel and Airbnb business models by offering hotel-style service in short-term rentals that they own and manage. We predict that it won't be long until a major hotel group tries the same trick.

3 months ago

Tiqets Secures $17 Million in Funding for Tours and Activities Ticketing

Tiqets Secures $17 Million in Funding for Tours and Activities Ticketing

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This Dutch startup is growing by focusing on the problem of mobile ticketing and solving it with a product that requires almost no technical savvy from museums and other attraction operators. But it may need to be acquired to scale up quickly.

3 months ago

YourWelcome Helps Rental Hosts to Upsell Their Guests: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YourWelcome Helps Rental Hosts to Upsell Their Guests: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

YourWelcome brings a fresh revenue stream to renters of short stay accommodations by leasing tablets that let hosts upsell guests on additional services. Whether the company succeeds or not, its idea is likely to catch on.

3 months ago

Travel Startup Ideas Guaranteed to Be Unicorns — Or Maybe Not

Travel Startup Ideas Guaranteed to Be Unicorns — Or Maybe Not

Deanna Ting, Skift

Who says you can't dream big — or small? Just don't ask us to pitch on Shark Tank, please. Also, this is why we're writers and not entrepreneurs.

3 months ago

Travel Tech Startup Accelerators Learn From Early Missteps and Adjust Course

Travel Tech Startup Accelerators Learn From Early Missteps and Adjust Course

Sean O'Neill, Skift

More than a dozen travel startup incubators and accelerators, backed by some of travel's best-known companies, have popped up in the past few years. The early word, which is hardly surprising, is that picking startup winners and helping them sign deals isn't just plug-and-play.

4 months ago

Hotel Booking Site Stayful Winds Down and WorldVentures Holdings Picks Up the Pieces

Hotel Booking Site Stayful Winds Down and WorldVentures Holdings Picks Up the Pieces

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We've seen it over and over again by now: Given the vast marketing resources of major players in the hotel booking arena, it is extremely hard for startups to build their brand with consumers. Building a business-to-business company is somewhat easier but Stayful's pivot might have come too late.

4 months ago

Israeli Hotel Tech Startup Fornova Secures $17 Million in New Funding

Israeli Hotel Tech Startup Fornova Secures $17 Million in New Funding

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Fornova is one of many startups aiming to cash in on hotels' eagerness to prioritize direct bookings. Given the massive potential market and demand, one of these companies has a shot at breaking out in a spectacular fashion.

4 months ago

China’s HNA Invested $28 Million to Start a U.S. Online Travel Agency and Abruptly Closed It

China’s HNA Invested $28 Million to Start a U.S. Online Travel Agency and Abruptly Closed It

Dennis Schaal, Skift

HNA Group tried to enter the U.S. online travel agency market through Travana/Janbala and abruptly had a change of heart either because the startup didn't know what it was doing or because of some other dynamic in the opaque world of Chinese investors. Consider this a slight bump in the road.

4 months ago

RoomChecking, Esplorio and More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

RoomChecking, Esplorio and More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

International Airlines Group (owner of British Airways and Iberia) has invested in a couple of travel startups, while Paris-based RoomChecking makes a striking debut as a next-gen hotel operations startup — plus more news.

4 months ago

Screening Company Clear Raises $15 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Screening Company Clear Raises $15 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Long-promised improvements to airport security screening and rebooking in the event of flight disruption may finally be in the offing, thanks to follow-on rounds of fundings to the startups Clear and Freebird.

4 months ago

Flight Disruption Startup Freebird Snares Funding from General Catalyst and Accomplice

Flight Disruption Startup Freebird Snares Funding from General Catalyst and Accomplice

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's nice when folks smarter than us land on the same dime. General Catalyst and Accomplice, the famed venture capital firms, join us in seeing promise in Freebird, which gives corporate travel agencies superpowers when it comes to rebooking travelers.

4 months ago

Peek Acquires Zozi’s Assets in Further Consolidation of Tours and Activities Tech Sector

Peek Acquires Zozi’s Assets in Further Consolidation of Tours and Activities Tech Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The market for software to tour merchants is fragmented without a single clear leader. Yet Peek now has an advantageous position, thanks to the acquisition of the assets of one of its chief rivals.

4 months ago