Articles tagged “startups”

Vacasa Raises $64 Million More for Vacation Rental Management

Vacasa Raises $64 Million More for Vacation Rental Management

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Venture capital has awoken in a big way to the potential of vacation rental property managers.

3 days ago

Online Travel Agency Kiwi Has a Plan to Fight the Giants

Online Travel Agency Kiwi Has a Plan to Fight the Giants

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kiwi has grown fast without venture capital or marketing gimmicks. The online travel agency's story shows what it takes for a startup to scale today. Its story also reveals the long shadows cast by the mighty travel conglomerates.

3 days ago

Stay Alfred Raises $47 Million for Serviced Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Stay Alfred Raises $47 Million for Serviced Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Combined with earlier deals, Stay Alfred shows that a convergence in hospitality is upon us.

1 week ago

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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Next-Generation Hotel Brand Oyo Is Raising $1 Billion

Next-Generation Hotel Brand Oyo Is Raising $1 Billion

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Softbank poured the jet fuel of capital on Oyo's twist on hotel franchising. It has doubled its room count to more than 100,000 in India in two years, and just this year went from zero to 50,000 rooms in China. Wow.

4 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Skift Podcast: Travel’s Tough Truths and Inspirations

Skift Podcast: Travel’s Tough Truths and Inspirations

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali sparked some heated debate with a recent story on lessons he's learned about travel in the six years since he started the company. In this podcast, he riffs with Co-Founder Jason Clampet on uncomfortable observations as well as inspirations.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago