Articles tagged “funding”

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Dosh says it has 55 people working on letting travelers earn cash back on the money they spend on business trips, while Hoperator has debuted to bring AI tools to hotel chat. Each has promise.

7 days ago

Tourism Boards Increasingly Worried About Politicians and Budget Cuts

Tourism Boards Increasingly Worried About Politicians and Budget Cuts

Dan Peltier, Skift

While tourism board funding has been a mixed bag around the world in recent years, it's evident tourism boards aren't losing focus on strategies like video and more deeply engaging with the local community.

1 week ago

The New Machine-Learning Booking Tool for Road Warriors: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The New Machine-Learning Booking Tool for Road Warriors: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New tech is going to vastly improve the efficiency of booking business trips, selling tours, and running short-term rentals. But it's too soon to know if these three freshly funded companies, in particular, will pull off the trick.

2 weeks ago

Keypr Unlocks $19 Million for Hotel Keyless Entry: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Keypr Unlocks $19 Million for Hotel Keyless Entry: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors used to be skittish about hospitality-tech startups. But this week's multi-million dollar investment rounds in Keypr, Pillow, and Cloudbeds suggest that the lodging software sector is maturing and isn't just about hotels anymore.

1 month ago

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Dan Peltier, Skift

At long last, Florida's tourism industry knows its fate. While Visit Florida will have enough funding to keep the lights on in the coming year, it faces a litany of new procedures and restrictions that will likely send reverberations to other state capitals across the U.S.

2 months ago

Business Travel Startup Upside Raising $100 Million in New Funding

Business Travel Startup Upside Raising $100 Million in New Funding

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Priceline founder Jay Walker aims with Upside to offer an alternative for smaller companies buying travel. If the reports of the latest funding round are true, investors must believe Walker is going to work some of his entrepreneurial magic again. On the other hand, they've been wrong before.

2 months ago

Indian Agency Goomo Raises More Than $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Indian Agency Goomo Raises More Than $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Private equity aims to scale up an Indian agency with a core business traveler clientele, while two rival subscription airlines combine, and a clone of Airbnb for gay travelers receives funding. Clearly, some investors favor companies that focus on niches.

2 months ago

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Dan Peltier, Skift

After a long, drawn-out political process, Visit Florida's chances of maintaining its current funding level look decent. The debate helped spawn conversations among stakeholders at many other tourism boards about their own budgets and operations. Hopefully, everyone learned something.

2 months ago

Online Festivals Hub Everfest Raises $3.6 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Online Festivals Hub Everfest Raises $3.6 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

About 32 million people attend at least one festival in the U.S. each year, traveling an average of 900 miles to attend one. Everfest has a promising model to profit off this trade by offering exclusive discounts and creating a festival recommendation engine.

2 months ago

Luggage Startup Away Raises $20 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Luggage Startup Away Raises $20 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The co-founders of luggage maker Away are seeing surprisingly good early results by applying the direct-to-consumer model that Warby Parker championed in eyewear. Also this week: Short-term rental platform Favstay attracted more than $2 million in funding.

2 months ago

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Dan Peltier, Skift

Congress will play around with Trump's budget and nothing is set in stone. But Brand USA's proposed demise shouldn't come as a surprise from a president who has spent much of his first four months in office imposing anti-tourism policies.

2 months ago

Sweet Inn Raises $22 Million for Serviced Vacation Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sweet Inn Raises $22 Million for Serviced Vacation Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups like Sweet Inn increasingly blur the lines between the hotel and Airbnb business models by offering hotel-style service in short-term rentals that they own and manage. We predict that it won't be long until a major hotel group tries the same trick.

2 months ago