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#GivingTuesdayNow A new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Amid all of the heartache that coronavirus has brought upon the world we used to […]

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Sabre Abandons Bid to Buy Farelogix After Antitrust Battles Take a Toll

A view of a conference room at the headquarters of travel technology company Sabre in Southlake, Texas. Sabre Skift Take: This decision is no surprise. The world has changed a lot since November 2018, when Sabre first proposed buying travel tech vendor Farelogix. Actions by antitrust watchdogs in the UK and the U.S. delayed the […]

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Frontdesk Raises About $6 Million for Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Frontdesk, a short-term apartment rental manager, has closed a $6.8 million Series A round in a mix of debt and equity. Frontdesk Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced about $9 million in funding. Lucky companies include Frontdesk, a short-term apartment rental manager, ZuBlu, a booking service for underwater adventures, Arcis Tours, which runs BLive-branded […]

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Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand

A file photo of tourists gawking at the Karl Marx statue in Trier, Germany. German travel startups called on Google to cease trying to collect on first quarter advertising bills. Michael Probst / Associated Press Skift Take: Google has a huge travel advertising business. If Google’s advertising partners had to hand out tons of refunds […]

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Travel Startups Still Managed to Raise $1.4 Billion During One Turbulent Quarter

Traveloka’s head office in Jakarta. Source: Traveloka. Traveloka Skift Take: Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, once said that it’s “only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” Some of the 57 travel startups worldwide that raised funding in the first months of the year may be about to reveal all. […]