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CrowdRiff Raises $9 Million for Visual Marketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

CrowdRiff Raises $9 Million for Visual Marketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A wave of fundings is helping startups like CrowdRiff and Travel Appeal develop tools to help travel marketers be more efficient.

3 months ago

Hopper Raises $100 Million More for Airfare and Hotel Rate Prediction

Hopper Raises $100 Million More for Airfare and Hotel Rate Prediction

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hopper's survival is a testament to the perseverance of its founders, though it's an understatement to say it takes them a long time to scale their products up. The startup is also now overpriced, based on its funding, for most potential acquirers — except maybe for Airbnb.

4 months ago

Vacasa Snaps Up Hyatt-Backed Luxury Rental Brand Oasis

Vacasa Snaps Up Hyatt-Backed Luxury Rental Brand Oasis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite everyone's happy talk, this deal smells like Hyatt was disenchanted by Oasis' performance and eager to unload its investment stake. That aside, the deal boosts Vacasa in an area where it has been underserved to date.

4 months ago

Travelsify Raises $5.8 Million for Hotel and Restaurant Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Travelsify Raises $5.8 Million for Hotel and Restaurant Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Accor's backing of Travelsify is eye-opening. It suggests that the hotel giant will take advantage of the startup's artificial intelligence-powered engine, which collects data about hotels, restaurants, and vacation rentals to boost online marketing and discovery.

4 months ago

Setoo Raises $9.3 Million for Insurance Innovation: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Setoo Raises $9.3 Million for Insurance Innovation: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Setoo is helping to pioneer a wave of customized protection products, such as letting travelers buy coverage to get money back if there's not enough snow during a ski trip. The new products could provide more upselling opportunities for travel suppliers and online agencies.

4 months ago

Beekeeper Raises $13 Million for Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Beekeeper Raises $13 Million for Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Beekeeper is joining Expedia-owned Alice, Amadeus-owned HotSOS, and fast-growing Quore in helping boost the effectiveness of hospitality worker communication.

4 months ago

Tour Booking Startup Evaneos Raises $80 Million

Tour Booking Startup Evaneos Raises $80 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Overtourism is a struggle facing many destinations. Companies like Evaneos, which connects travelers with off-the-beaten-track tours and activities, may go some way to addressing the issue.

4 months ago

TripCreator Raises $8 Million for Itinerary Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripCreator Raises $8 Million for Itinerary Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, itinerary tool TripCreator, luggage maker Paravel, and travel distribution software maker Duffel all announced funding rounds.

4 months ago

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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 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.

5 months ago