AirPortr Raises $8.6 Million for Luggage Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A traveler in London uses Airportr, which checks in and delivers bags for flyers. The startup has raised $8.6 million (£7.1 million) in total for its Series A. Airportr Skift Take: Investors have bet on some innovative business models. AirPortr has hand-delivered about 100,000 bags from homes to airports, lifting a worry off the hands … [Read more…]

Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A scene from an event last year at the venue NuBel in Madrid, which was advertised on the booking site Fever. The event tech startup Fever, which studies consumer data to recommend experiences for booking and helps companies plan events, has raised a $35 million round. Fever Skift Take: This week travel startups announced more … [Read more…]

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

In 2019, Despegar launched a rebranded logo and marketing campaign that included tote bags with a theme of the online travel agency helping people plan all parts of their trip. The logo was done by brand consultant Saffron. Despegar Skift Take: Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically … [Read more…]

Want a Pristine, Private Beach All to Yourself? Sandee’s Got You Covered

You could find yourself here with the help of Sand.ee. Thomas Depenbusch (Depi) / Flickr Skift Take: Ever find yourself desperate to find a private black-sand beach but don’t have time to aimlessly search in a rental car? Consider Sand.ee, a new website and soon-to-be app, the latest brand that wants to give consumers more … [Read more…]

Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Kevin King, chief commercial officer of Shiji Group, left, speaks at Skift Tech Forum. Skift Skift Take: Since 2016, Shiji has spent $141 million on acquisitions and investments across 10 tech companies outside of China, according to our review of its financial filings. Yet we still don’t grasp the overseas strategy of the hospitality tech … [Read more…]

Socio Raises $6 Million for Event Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

An example of an event in London managed with technology by Socio, a startup that has raised funding. Socio Skift Take: This week travel startups announced approximately $95 million in funding. One standout was Socio, a company that offers software for managing events. Its funding highlights a broader trend of investment in the event tech … [Read more…]

The Surprising Rise of Hotel Spending on Metasearch Advertising

The Toronto city skyline with various hotels to choose from is seen from a building under construction in 2013. Brent Lewin / Bloomberg Skift Take: Many hotel groups are directing more of their ad budgets toward price-comparison search sites. That’s a boon for vendors providing connectivity and automation services. But it’s also a welcome, if … [Read more…]

Might Travelzoo Find a Company Buyer in China?

A view of Travelzoo’s Toronto office. The U.S.-based company aims to find growth primarily in Asia-Pacific in the near-term. Travelzoo Skift Take: Travelzoo’s founder Ralph Bartel has seen the value of his investment in the public company go from north of a billion to less than $100 million over two decades. Could the chairman of … [Read more…]

EasyParcel Raises $10 Million for Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

EasyParcel, an online booking platform for parcel delivery, has received $10.6 million in Series B funding. EasyParcel Skift Take: In the past seven days, travel startups announced more than $216 million in funding. But the hot market deserves a warning that paraphrases Fleetwood Mac: Investors only love you when they’re investing. Funding will come and … [Read more…]

Go-Jek Gets Investment From Visa to Expand Digital Payments in Southeast Asia

Go-Jek drivers in Jakarta Dimas Ardian / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s no secret that Go-Jek is keen to be Southeast Asia’s answer to China’s WeChat. Its move to expand digital payments will be a key step to gain dominance in the region. — Rosie Spinks High Sierra Sumner Backpack $13.99End Date: Thursday Sep-12-2019 8:19:17 PDTBuy … [Read more…]