Articles tagged “startups”

Headout Raises $10 Million for Activities Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Headout Raises $10 Million for Activities Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors have bet big on luxury experiences, with investments in Headout, which offers last-minute activities; Key Concierge, which does something similar for luxury rental properties; My Daydream, which offers customized upscale tours; and Seatfrog, which offers last-minute upgrades.

5 days ago

Airwallex Receives $80 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Airwallex Receives $80 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The past week has seen remarkable fundings of a cross-border payments company, Airwallex, a luggage maker, Away, and a social travel recommendation service, Fever. Of all of these, "fever" has the name that best captures the frothy valuations.

2 weeks ago

TourRadar Receives $50 Million for Multi-Day Tour Sales: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TourRadar Receives $50 Million for Multi-Day Tour Sales: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TourRadar stands apart from other online sellers of activities with its rare, leading focus on multiday tours. Meanwhile, Triptease, the hotel direct booking specialist, and Chowbotics, a maker of food service robots, also announced funding.

3 weeks ago

Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Ad Tech Firm Urban Airship Raises $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If you think you've been getting a lot of push notifications from travel companies, you ain't seen nothing yet. Companies like Urban Airship are aiming to make the most of this path for reaching travelers.

4 weeks ago

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

GetYourGuide Will Market Some Tours and Activities Under Its Own Brand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GetYourGuide is betting that travelers will prefer to book GetYourGuide-branded tours over locally branded ones. This diagonal integration echoes marketing moves made by Oyo in hotels and RedAwning in lodging rentals. But will it work?

1 month ago

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Hipcamp Raises $9.5 Million for Campsite Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Public campgrounds were already an alternative form of travel. But now there's "alternative alternative travel." Meet the startup Hipcamp, which is like an Airbnb for privately-owned campsites and hosted experiences.

1 month ago

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Flying Taxi Startup Aims to Make Drone-Like Helicopters Popular

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

German startup Volocopter seeks to raise more money to build drone-like helicopters for ferrying passengers. We tend to be skeptical of toys for the rich like this — even if this editor wants to fly one.

1 month ago

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

PerfectStay Raises $17 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's roundup of travel startup funding includes a Paris-based travel distribution technology company, a San Francisco-based corporate travel booking tool, and a London-based maker of property management software.

1 month ago

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Better, faster, stronger. We pinpointed 20 venture-backed companies — mostly young — that promise breakaway potential. These startups prove that innovation is happening everywhere, from Atlanta to Ramallah to Queensland.

1 month ago

ForwardX Raises $10 Million for Self-Pushing Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

ForwardX Raises $10 Million for Self-Pushing Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Robotic luggage that follows you like a golden retriever. An app for ordering beautiful people to attend your event. A tool for making corporate travel as pleasant as leisure travel. These are the fantastical ideas that got funded this week.

2 months ago

Rizort Raises $2.9 Million for VR-Infused Travel Advice: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Rizort Raises $2.9 Million for VR-Infused Travel Advice: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Can virtual reality content play a role in helping to persuade travelers to book luxury destinations in Southeast Asia? That's the bet made by Rizort, an online travel agency startup that received funding this week.

2 months ago

Divvy Raises $10.5 Million to Tame Expense Reports: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Divvy Raises $10.5 Million to Tame Expense Reports: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Divvy is an expense management startup that faces formidable competition from incumbent players, such as Concur, Certify, and Expensify. To draw users, it's offering business travel booking discounts and tools. Clever.

2 months ago