SevenRooms Raises $50 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Some properties in the Mandarin Oriental group use SevenRooms to manage bookings in their hospitality spaces. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: Despite the crisis, travel startups continue to raise funds. SevenRooms, a guest experience platform for restaurants and hotels, was one highlight this week. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Sonder to Raise $200 Million in Funding for Its Hotel and Short-Term Rental Model

A shot of a Sonder residence. The company expects to raise $200 million as part of a Series E funding round set to close soon, as the boutique hotel-style lodging startup booms. Sonder Skift Take: Sonder is now the second unicorn in the short-term rental and hotel sector after Airbnb. At this rate, Sonder will … [Read more…]

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Eurostar, a rail operator, will in 2021 roll out new facial recognition technology powered by the vendor iProov for passport control and ticket identification. IProov Skift Take: Vendors are getting creative with pandemic-related services, like the following: Passport control via facial recognition. Contactless elevators. Food-ordering without needing an app. Luggage disinfection via ultraviolet light. Mask-detecting … [Read more…]

TripActions Raises $125 Million for Corporate Travel: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TripActions co-founder and CEO Ariel Cohen, left, with co-founder and chief technology officer Ilan Twig. TripActions Skift Take: The latest batch of travel startups to raise funding has focused on themes of corporate travel, integrating mobility services like airport transfers into travel apps, giving hotels guest engagement tools, aggregating destination experiences, and providing technology for … [Read more…]

Journera Raises $11.6 Million for Data Sharing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

LaGuardia Airport in New York City at sunset. JumpStory Skift Take: Travel startups funded this week include a data exchange platform, a direct booking solution for hotels, an intercity bus service, a listing service for recreational vehicles, a service for virtual experiences, and a ticketing tool for activities operators. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete … [Read more…]

Travel Industry to Switch On More Automated Processes to Cope With Reduced Staffing

Japan’s Henn na Hotel, owned by parent company H.I.S., has for several years trialed robots at the front desk. H.I.S. Skift Take: Forget animatronic robots. But software that replaces repetitive tasks that white-collar workers do in back-offices, tracking devices that can alert when hand sanitizers are empty, and mobility scooters that drive themselves are some … [Read more…]

Vacasa Grabs $108 Million in New Funding Led by Private Equity Investor Silver Lake

A mountain cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee, that’s managed by Portland, Oregon-based property rental management service Vacasa. Vacasa Skift Take: The coronavirus pandemic made some travel companies seem like dominoes stacked too closely together. But private equity will help some businesses like Vacasa escape this crisis without toppling over. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story … [Read more…]

RV and Outdoor Recreation Companies See a Boom in Bookings

Enney Ranch is an 850-acre cattle and grain ranch in Paso Robles, California, which is open to guests who book tents via Tentrr, an online service. Tentrr Skift Take: The great outdoors is appealing to many people who have been cooped up under stay-at-home restrictions. It’s no wonder that several booking services for camping and … [Read more…]

Trip.com Group’s Venture Arm Bets on GreenCloud Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The Wuhan Narada Grand Hotel, part of the Narada Group, a chain that uses the services of GreenCloud, a hotel tech company that has raised another round of funding. Narada Group Skift Take: Travel startups that have raised fresh funding include GreenCloud, a hotel software firm, Bobobox, a pod hotel brand, React Mobile, a maker … [Read more…]

Trip.com Group’s Acquisition of Travix Hints at Appeal of Smaller Travel Agencies

A view of Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands in August 2018. Amsterdam-based Travix has been acquired by online travel giant Trip.com Group at a time when many smaller online travel agencies across Europe are looking for mergers and acquisitions. Piroschka van de Wouw / Reuters Skift Take: Smaller online travel agencies try to make … [Read more…]