Articles tagged “travel startups”

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Air India and Oyo couldn’t be more different, not just in their respective businesses, but both could be gone in a New York minute if they aren’t able get past the biggest test they face currently.

2 weeks ago

Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We get it, startups often have to accept substantial losses in order to quickly expand a particular business. But given the size of Culture Trip's revenue and the market in which it operates, it's difficult to see why investors have pumped more than $100 million into the business.

4 months ago

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India is becoming the boat that lifts Asia-Pacific destinations that have become too dependent on China outbound travel, which is sputtering. Australia is a good example of this.

4 months ago

Who’s Cracked the Code on High-End Homesharing?

Who’s Cracked the Code on High-End Homesharing?

Colin Nagy, Skift

ThirdHome just might have the winning formula on what affluent homeowners want when sharing properties. Scaling quality and keeping up a high level of trust will be key as it grows.

9 months ago

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can you be both a marketplace and a supplier at the same time? Airbnb certainly seems interested in testing that theory out.

10 months 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.

11 months ago

Germany Makes Strides to Become ‘Europe’s Silicon Valley’ for Travel Startups

Germany Makes Strides to Become ‘Europe’s Silicon Valley’ for Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Germany's travel startup scene used to be barely breathing. But with the fundings of HomeToGo, GoEuro, and Tourlane this year, the country's day in the sun has arrived thanks to a few factors, including more funding, bolder thinking, and better mentorship.

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

Airline, Hotel, and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

Airline, Hotel, and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Journera aims to act like a magnet attracting relevant information across company databases about a traveler’s complete trip. It would help, say, a hotel learn when a high-status customer’s flight has been delayed. While the idea is great in theory, it may prove elusive in practice.

2 years 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.

2 years ago

Listicle Platform Culture Trip Raises $80 Million to Build Online Travel Agency

Listicle Platform Culture Trip Raises $80 Million to Build Online Travel Agency

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Who knew that adding affiliate booking links to the hotels mentioned in articles and videos could earn record levels of investment?

2 years ago

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

Seth Borko, Skift Research

More consumers than ever are using vacation rentals. But as the line with hotels blurs and the industry enter a new growth phase, it faces unique challenges in delivering the hospitality guests expect. Technology will be key to providing an elevated guest experience and will help determine who sees the most success.

2 years ago