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New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

Brian Quinn, Skift

Please join Skift editors and research analysts, along with VC investors and startup founders, for this dive into the state of travel startups today.

6 days ago

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Travel is a long-term megatrend because all across the globe people appreciate the value that it brings to their lives. This holds true across a vast range of human differences — cultural, geographical, religious, historical, generational, and more.

1 week ago

From Crisis Will Come Eventual Opportunity for Venture Capital in Travel: New Skift Research

From Crisis Will Come Eventual Opportunity for Venture Capital in Travel: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We are headed into a winter for travel startups. But travel won't be gone forever. And history teaches us that startups are often the first to pinpoint our industry’s new direction as we exit a crisis.

2 weeks ago

Why SoftBank’s Second $108 Billion Vision Fund Matters to Travel

Why SoftBank’s Second $108 Billion Vision Fund Matters to Travel

Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

With a second Vision Fund, Japan has emerged as the dominant driver of key technologies, many of which apply to travel and tourism. While the first staked ridehailing and the future of work technologies, the second is said to eye opportunities in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.

9 months ago

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Several travel startups dream of going public. Lyft's initial public offering shows that profitability isn't necessarily as important as growth in the eyes of some investors, among some other key lessons.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As an airline, AirAsia has led its peers in many metrics, especially on cost control. But its new effort to nurture startups has the odds against it. Will this effort bring strategic gains for the company? We’ll know in a few years.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Having sold his business to Booking Holdings last year, former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge has had more time for venture investing. His views on travel startup funding are insightful. And we're not saying that just because we hope to be invited to see the gorgeous mansion in Scotland that he's been refurbishing.

1 year ago

South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

Odwa Mjo, Bloomberg

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, may have hit the limit of its ability to do financial contortions for a while.

2 years ago

Cruise Agency Dreamlines Raises $55 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cruise Agency Dreamlines Raises $55 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cruise lines better hope that Dreamlines and other online booking tools for cruise travel don't interfere too much with their long-standing business models.

2 years ago

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Large travel corporations can't seem to get enough of the tours and activities space. It's one to watch as the year unfolds. Deals can be a great way to get a foot in the door, but don't forget to make sure there is a strategic fit — and, of course, that the price is right.

2 years ago