asia Digital funding kkday Startups tours and activities travel

Hard-Hit Tours Sector Gets Vote of Confidence With $75 Million in Funding for Booking Agency in Asia

A guest enjoys the New Taipei City Breeze Canal wakeboarding experience by the MS Water Ski Club, bookable via the agency KKday. The travel experiences booking agency KKday said Tuesday it had closed a $75 million Series C round of funding. New Taipei City Breeze Canal Wakeboarding Experience Skift Take: KKday has returned to growth […]

Digital Startups travel

$300 Million IPO Will Target Travel Company Acquisitions and Investments

Among the potential targets for Altitude Acquisition will be booking platforms. REDPIXEL / Abobe Skift Take: Heads up, struggling booking platforms. A proposed IPO hopes to raise $300 million, and the company’s founders may come looking for you. The list of pandemic opportunists grows. — Tom Lowry Read the Complete Story On Skift

coronavirus Digital Startups travel

Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

The Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah, which is one of the places Inspirato offers to members of some of its membership-based travel programs. Amangiri Skift Take: Skift cited the subscription model as one of the megatrends to watch in travel this year. So we were intrigued to see that Inspirato and BeRightBack, two pure-play […]

Digital funding Startups travel vcroundup

SkyDrive Raises $37 Million for Flying Cars: Travel Startup Funding This Week

SkyDrive ran a four-minute test flight of its flying car prototype in August. SkyDrive Skift Take: Entrepreneur and Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel once famously said: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Fast forward to 2020: SkyDrive hopes to give us flying cars in a few years, bringing remote areas closer. It’s […]

accessibility autonomous vehicles Challau Digital Propelmee robotics robots Startups travel virtual tourist

Robots Came For Your Jobs, Now They’re Coming for Your Vacations: Here’s How

A Challau robot on a footpath in the UK. Propelmee, a UK startup, will test in mid-September at several UK attractions virtual tourism with the autonomous robot. Propelmee Skift Take: Are there really enough people who want to remote-control a robot and visit places virtually? We’re skeptical. But the founder of the startup Propelmee is […]

Digital funding Startups travel vcroundup

Reliable Robotics Raises $25 Million for Pilotless Planes: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The Reliable Robotics team poses with an autonomous aircraft at its hangar in San Martin, California. Reliable Robotics Skift Take: The future’s coming right at you. Investors have backed Reliable Robotics, which builds autonomous aircraft, and Movie Hotel, which brings screening rooms and exclusive studio content to properties. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story […]

australia Booking Sites camping Digital glamping hipcamp outdoors recreation Startups travel

U.S.-Based Hipcamp Acquires Australia’s Youcamp as Travelers Heed Call of the Great Outdoors

Sky Mountain yoga retreat near Bear Lake State Park in Idaho. Hipcamp, a San Francisco-based startup, has acquired Youcamp, its counterpart in, Australia that lets property owners charge campers on their land. Hipcamp Skift Take: Hipcamp thinks that courting landowners like farmers, ranchers, and vintners can help unlock new supply for outdoor recreation. It’s an […]

booking services capital one coronavirus Digital freebird Startups travel

Capital One Acquires Freebird’s Flight Disruption Tech

A woman at an airport wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Capital One acquired Freebird, a business-to-business startup whose predictive technology lets agents sell smarter flight insurance and rebooking services. Adobe Skift Take: Freebird has gone kaput but the concept of predictive intelligence smoothing out the travel experience will only gain strength during the […]

channel manager Digital hotel tech hotel tech stack hotel technology hotelogix hotels property management system reputation management revenue management Startups travel

Hotelogix Merges With 2 Hotel Tech Firms to Lead Rollup in India

The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur. India based companies focusing on hotel tech, Hotelogix, AxisRooms, and RepUp, have merged. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts Skift Take: The merger of Hotelogix, a property management system, with AxisRooms, a provider of revenue management and distribution services, and RepUp, an online reputation management tool, is probably one of many mergers […]

Booking Sites Digital european travel multi modal omio Startups travel

Travel Booking App Omio Will Use Part of $100 Million in New Funding to Go Shopping for Acquisitions

A simulated image of new ICE high-speed trains that Deutsche Bahn ordered from Siemens this year. Rail is a key product sold by Omio, a travel booking startup that has raised fresh funding. Deutsche Bahn AG and Siemens Skift Take: This investor backing will help Omio speed up its quest to become a global booking […]