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Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If you think you've been getting a lot of push notifications from travel companies, you ain't seen nothing yet. Companies like Urban Airship are aiming to make the most of this path for reaching travelers.

2 months ago

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cleartrip is the second-place competitor against MakeMyTrip in India's online travel war. Its acquisition of Flyin signals a shift in its focus to the Middle Eastern market, where the price wars are less fierce.

2 months ago

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The latest investment comes just in time for Peek, a maker of enterprise software. Its rivals FareHarbor and Bokun have recently been snapped up by larger acquirers Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor. Clocks are ticking.

2 months ago

Hotel Tech Consolidation Ramps Up With This Software Merger

Hotel Tech Consolidation Ramps Up With This Software Merger

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Industry pressure in the hotel technology sector is leading to more technology roll-ups. Expect this to be one of many announcements in the next 18 months.

2 months ago

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GetYourGuide is betting that travelers will prefer to book GetYourGuide-branded tours over locally branded ones. This diagonal integration echoes marketing moves made by Oyo in hotels and RedAwning in lodging rentals. But will it work?

2 months ago

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Public campgrounds were already an alternative form of travel. But now there's "alternative alternative travel." Meet the startup Hipcamp, which is like an Airbnb for privately-owned campsites and hosted experiences.

2 months ago

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

German startup Volocopter seeks to raise more money to build drone-like helicopters for ferrying passengers. We tend to be skeptical of toys for the rich like this — even if this editor wants to fly one.

2 months ago

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's roundup of travel startup funding includes a Paris-based travel distribution technology company, a San Francisco-based corporate travel booking tool, and a London-based maker of property management software.

2 months ago

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Better, faster, stronger. We pinpointed 20 venture-backed companies — mostly young — that promise breakaway potential. These startups prove that innovation is happening everywhere, from Atlanta to Ramallah to Queensland.

2 months ago

ForwardX Raises $10 Million for Self-Pushing Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

ForwardX Raises $10 Million for Self-Pushing Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Robotic luggage that follows you like a golden retriever. An app for ordering beautiful people to attend your event. A tool for making corporate travel as pleasant as leisure travel. These are the fantastical ideas that got funded this week.

2 months ago

These 10 U.S. Zip Codes Buy the Most Travel Online

These 10 U.S. Zip Codes Buy the Most Travel Online

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Don't be jealous of residents from these U.S. zip codes, which generate the most hotel and flight bookings. Travel is the rare thing you buy that makes you richer no matter where you're from.

3 months ago

Rizort Raises $2.9 Million for VR-Infused Travel Advice: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Rizort Raises $2.9 Million for VR-Infused Travel Advice: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Can virtual reality content play a role in helping to persuade travelers to book luxury destinations in Southeast Asia? That's the bet made by Rizort, an online travel agency startup that received funding this week.

3 months ago