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Lola Raises $37 Million to Manage Business Trips: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Lola Raises $37 Million to Manage Business Trips: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week corporate travel tech startup Lola, attractions software builder Bookingkit, and hospitality job marketplace Jitjatjo collectively raised more than $53 million in funding.

3 months ago

Guesty Raises $35 Million to Manage Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Guesty Raises $35 Million to Manage Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups Guesty, The Plum Guide, Zeus, Zuzu, Welcome Pickups, Vntrip, and Hostfully revealed more than $76 million in funding collectively.

3 months ago

BookingPal Raises $12 Million for Rental Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

BookingPal Raises $12 Million for Rental Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups BookingPal, Instawork, Withlocals, Ayenda Rooms, and Questo together announced more than $30 million in funding. Of note, famous venture investor Bill Gurley took a stake in Instawork's hiring marketplace, and mammoth investor Softbank is betting on Ayenda Rooms as Colombia's version of budget hotel franchisor Oyo.

3 months ago

Hospitality Startup Selina Follows Hipsters to New York City’s Hot Spots for U.S. Debut

Hospitality Startup Selina Follows Hipsters to New York City’s Hot Spots for U.S. Debut

Sean O'Neill, Skift

"Everything is converging in hospitality," according to one Skift 2019 Megatrend. Selina embodies this Megatrend perfectly in how it pushes the bounds of co-living and co-working. But the company needs to execute its plans on time or else business partners will lose faith.

4 months ago

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Analyzing startups and venture capital trends helps us glimpse the future of travel.

4 months ago

Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotels are hiring companies to clamp down on online travel sites displaying cheap rates against their wishes. One of those startups, Fornova, has just bought smaller rival HotelsBI to broaden its rate-detection service. The deal is partly justified by the increasing tech spending on a cat-and-mouse-game between hoteliers and providers of rogue rates.

4 months ago

Standard Hotels Spins Off One Night Booking App: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Standard Hotels Spins Off One Night Booking App: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's not clear there's enough market demand for a mobile app that books only independent and boutique properties. But some hoteliers might welcome the new app One Night if it can bring down its distribution costs, even marginally.

4 months ago

What Venture Capital Likes in Travel Startups: New Skift Research

What Venture Capital Likes in Travel Startups: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Analyzing startups helps us understand what the future of travel holds. The latest generation of startups promises innovation across many facets of travel: hospitality, tours, airlines, business travel, and more.

4 months ago

Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Pickyourtrail has received funding to expand its online services for booking international vacations; its operation is strikingly sophisticated for a small startup. Plus, investors also recently announced bets on smart hotels, urban lounges, and storage places for luggage.

4 months ago

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison.

4 months ago

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The market for long-term business lodging is being dragged, thankfully, into the digital era by companies like 2nd Address. Plus, fundraising news for Festicket, Oaky, and Operto.

4 months ago

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

A lack of cockpit crew has been a factor in Emirates' moves to trim its number of flights. But the carrier may have a fix. A new memo shows that the Dubai giant has pinpointed 500 suitable applicants from airlines experiencing financial trouble.

4 months ago