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Articles tagged “funding”

Cruises

Philly’s historic ocean liner desperately seeks donation to avoid scrap yard

The SS United States' one-time speed rival RMS Queen Mary has found a home as a hotel in Long Beach, California, but it seems clear there isn't enough support to create the same fate in Philadelphia.

Philly’s historic ocean liner desperately seeks donation to avoid scrap yard

Online Travel

PassKit fills its mobile wallet with $1.2 million in funding

Apple's Passbook service has seen mixed pickup since June 2012 launch, but long term mobile becoming a omnibus wallet is where it is going. Passkit is heavily dependent on consumer adoption of Passbook and similar services.

Online Travel

Travelers can keep pinning as Pinterest raises $200 million

Pinterest is now valued at $2.5 billion, but it seems like its buzz factor in travel has toned down over the last year or so.

Travelers can keep pinning as Pinterest raises $200 million

Ground Transport

Parking startups ParkWhiz and SpotHero find their first rounds of funding in Chicago

Does parking really need to be disrupted? These companies are making strides by partnering with major event venues, and ParkWhiz is a step ahead of its competitor with venues around the U.S. already plugged into its system.

Business Travel

TripIt users to get hotel upgrade offers thanks to parent company’s new investment

Given its numerous investments in startups, Concur is making a play to become one of the most influential travel tech companies on earth.

TripIt users to get hotel upgrade offers thanks to parent company’s new investment

Hotels

Hospitality data startup Duetto raises $10 million in first round

Duetto’s team has a critical mix of industry insider expertise and tech experience, but adoption from hotel brands that are hesitant to learn a new system will be the company’s biggest hurdle to success.

Airlines

Visual flight search startup Flocations raises $570,000 for its Asia-based discovery service

Users are drawn to visually appealing yet functional services like Hipmunk, but if it doesn’t gain traction with consumers on its own, the startup can power airline’s web apps like it’s done for Air Asia.

Visual flight search startup Flocations raises $570,000 for its Asia-based discovery service

Online Travel

Couchsurfing nearly doubles its community but risks losing loyal users in rebranding

Couchsurfing offers travelers somethingnone of its competitors can match: free housing abroad. The organization will have to be careful not to ostracize loyal users on its journey for a fresh look.

Couchsurfing nearly doubles its community but risks losing loyal users in rebranding

Online Travel

DogVacay, the Airbnb for dog sitting, just raised another $6 million to expand operations

Better pet sitting isn't disrupting any existing services. Instead it's massively improving the existing ways people find trusted places to leave their animals.

DogVacay, the Airbnb for dog sitting, just raised another $6 million to expand operations

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb raises $117 million in funding and could hit $2 billion valuation

This little chunk of change should help Airbnb spread its wings a bit and get into a few new households.