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Expedia CEO Says Company Overhaul Will Be Done in Time for Travel’s Recovery

Expedia CEO Says Company Overhaul Will Be Done in Time for Travel’s Recovery

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Talk about tough love. The CEO of Expedia Group, Peter Kern, is sticking with the tough line despite the pandemic by still demanding a significant reorganization and tech revamp for the online travel giant.

4 weeks ago

Venture Firm Howzat Is Raising $120 Million to Find the Next Trivago or Airbnb

Venture Firm Howzat Is Raising $120 Million to Find the Next Trivago or Airbnb

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Here's a bright ray of positivity in a gloomy time. Howzat is raising a big fund, and it plans to make roughly half of its investments in travel and transportation startups.

1 month ago

Ubicquia Raises $30 Million for Smart Cities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ubicquia Raises $30 Million for Smart Cities: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Innovations that cities are incubating today will serve the travel industry tomorrow, as Skift noted as a megatrend earlier this year. The story of Ubicquia, a smart city startup, makes the point. Potential applications of its tech include resort areas and theme parks.

1 month ago

Managing Foreign Visitor Data Is Getting a Pandemic Rethink Across Travel

Managing Foreign Visitor Data Is Getting a Pandemic Rethink Across Travel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New tech launched today in Seychelles spotlights the issues many border agencies will face when collecting coronavirus-related health data from travelers.

1 month ago

Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Skift cited the subscription model as one of the megatrends to watch in travel this year. So we were intrigued to see that Inspirato and BeRightBack, two pure-play efforts at being the "Netflix of travel," have withstood the pandemic assault rather well.

1 month ago

5 Travel Startups Saved by Funding in a Nick of Time Just Before the Crisis

5 Travel Startups Saved by Funding in a Nick of Time Just Before the Crisis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We checked in with a hotel startup, two providers of software to hotels, a business travel startup, and a software maker for the tours-and-activities sector to see how last-minute funding helped them survive the industry's nuclear winter.

1 month ago

BookingKit Gets Millions More for Experiences Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

BookingKit Gets Millions More for Experiences Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, we cover funding news from BookingKit (which makes software for tours-and-activities operators), Rotamundos (a budget hotel brand in Mexico), Izy (which provides contactless tech to hotels), Hotelbreak (which lets hotel sell services to non-guests), and Dorma (which rents vacation apartments to Italians).

1 month ago

UN Tourism Agency Keeps Climate Change Front-and-Center With Startup Competition

UN Tourism Agency Keeps Climate Change Front-and-Center With Startup Competition

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Once the pandemic is tamed, the travel sector will have to respond to the climate emergency. Startups with expertise in responsible travel need to prepare now for when their moment arrives next year.

1 month ago

Mondee Buys Rocketrip in a Bullish Bet on Biz Travel Returning With Plans to Scale Rewards Programs

Mondee Buys Rocketrip in a Bullish Bet on Biz Travel Returning With Plans to Scale Rewards Programs

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expect other travel tech players to pick up promising startups at a discount during the pandemic.

1 month ago

Making More Affordable Software for the World’s Independent Hotels

Making More Affordable Software for the World’s Independent Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We like to say there's always a way to create your own white space. HotelRunner is a startup looking at the crowded hospitality sector in fresh ways. Think the budget model of EasyJet or AirAsia, but for a hotel tech stack.

1 month ago

SkyDrive Raises $37 Million for Flying Cars: Travel Startup Funding This Week

SkyDrive Raises $37 Million for Flying Cars: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Entrepreneur and Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel once famously said: "We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters." Fast forward to 2020: SkyDrive hopes to give us flying cars in a few years, bringing remote areas closer. It’s one of a few startups dreaming big in this week’s roundup.

2 months ago

Robots Came For Your Jobs, Now They’re Coming for Your Vacations: Here’s How

Robots Came For Your Jobs, Now They’re Coming for Your Vacations: Here’s How

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Are there really enough people who want to remote-control a robot and visit places virtually? We're skeptical. But the founder of the startup Propelmee is surprisingly persuasive at the potential uses for such robots.

2 months ago